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So when you think they’re doing something nice and patriotic, they’re being paid for it.

Via The Hill:

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) is demanding answers from the Defense Department following reports that the Pentagon spent $5.4 million in federal funds to 14 NFL teams from 2011 to 2014 to honor service members during games.

“It is troubling to learn that taxpayer funds are being used to compensate these teams for honoring and recognizing U.S. military service members,” Flake said Monday to Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Chief of the National Guard Bureau Gen. Frank Grass.

A report last week by found that the Department of Defense paid the Atlanta Falcons more than $1 million during those three years, around $885,000 to the Baltimore Ravens and just under $378,000 to the New York Jets, most of which came from the New Jersey National Guard.

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