ROC’s Other Taxpayer-Funded Free Lunch

We’ve detailed before how the taxpayer funds ROC’s activities via the Department of Labor’s Harwood Grants program, but now it turns out the taxpayer is getting hit twice to fund this labor union front group.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now funnels money to the Restaurant Opportunities Center of New Orleans through its “Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health” (REACH) program. After the initial CDC grant to the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum, the money eventually made its way to ROC-NOLA in the form of several hundred thousand dollars.

That’s right: A group that’s currently part of an investigation by the House of Representatives for its “history of intimidation” towards restaurants is getting money straight from the taxpayer. Again.

It’s baffling that taxpayers are forced to subsidize an organization like ROC; it’s even more baffling that no one is using this as an example of where the federal budget could be cut. For our part, we hope that Congress will wise up to what’s happening here and finally sequester ROC.