Republican Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle used a new report from two GOP senators that detailed alleged waste of stimulus dollars to attack Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) Tuesday.
In a news release, Angle focused her attention on a $71,623 grant awarded to the Wake Forest University Medical Center. Part of the university's research involved studying the effects of cocaine on monkeys.
"We had no idea Harry’s plan of ‘more’ meant spending millions on coked-up monkeys and exotic ants while our state is ravaged by the worst foreclosure rate and highest unemployment rate in the nation,” an Angle spokesman said in a news release.
A spokeswoman for the University told ABC News that the "small grant has helped protect very important research that will have significant impact on public health in regards to cocaine addiction and the issue of relapse."
The National Republican Senatorial Committee also piled on Tuesday afternoon, blasting out a release with the headline, "Reid's failed stimulus provides monkeys with cocaine while failing to create much-needed jobs."
Actual estimates of the job creation effect of the stimulus have been mixed. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office estimated back in May that the stimulus created more than 2 million jobs.
—Updated at 6:05 p.m.