POSTED: Thursday, August 2, 2012 --- 9:55 a.m.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Republican Senate candidate Eric Hovde rails against lucrative government contracts on the campaign trail, but records show that a tech company he has a significant stake in scored more than $70 million in deals primarily with the U.S. Defense Department since 2005.
Hovde defends the contracts ePlus made with the government, saying they are not the kind of sweetheart deals he campaigns against. Hovde said Thursday that ePlus sold computer equipment and other technology to the government, "like thousands upon thousands of other companies do."
Hovde is in a four-way race for the Republican nomination on Aug. 14. His campaign is built around his distaste for wasteful government spending, including what he derides as "sweetheart deals" and "cronyism."
Copyright 2012: Associated Press
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or firstname.lastname@example.org.