Ald. Burke critical of Census materials made overseas

April 13, 2010 3:33:53 PM PDT
The US Census Bureau is coming under criticism over handout materials from last weekend's "March to the Mailbox" campaign.

Those materials were not made in the US.

Boxes of hats, t-shirts and shirts were sent to the offices of several Chicago aldermen. Alderman Ed Burke Says he was surprised to see the goods were made in China, Bangladesh and Haiti.

"Am I the only one that sees the irony of the federal government purchasing products from Bangladesh and China and Haiti when there is a national unemployment rate of 13 and in some neighborhoods 50 percent? Seems to me that there should be outrage," said Ald. Ed Burke, 14th Ward.

The Census Bureau says the clothing was purchased from companies in the US which bought the shirts and hats from another supplier outside of the US.

Census officials say the goods cost just over $6 million, Which is a small fraction of the $400 million allotted for communication materials.