(WBAY/MEDIA GENERAL) – A number of NFL teams were paid taxpayer money to honor troops at games, according to a report from NJ.com.
The report, titled “Which NFL Teams got your federal tax dollars?”, says the Department of Defense paid $5.4 million to 14 teams from 2011-2014.
The report shows that the Bills were paid $29,000 on Sept. 21, 2011; $250,000 on June 7, 2012 and May 15, 2013; and $150,000 on Sept. 5, 2014. Each payment came from the DoD.
Other teams paid by the DoD, according to the report, include; the Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, Indianapolis Colts, Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings, New York Jets, Pittsburgh Steelers and St. Louis Rams.
The news comes at a time when lawmakers are working to cut military spending. Some have called these payouts wasteful.
NJ.com reports the National Guard defended the arrangement with the NFL, saying it is an ‘effective recruitment tool.’