You might ask why federal money with no strings attached went to those local government entities in the first place.
Or why the Small Business Administration gave out big loans to prominent antivaxers under the Paycheck Protection Program, designed to alleviate Covid-19-related business losses. This occurred during the Trump Administration - but under the Biden Administration the SBA is now forgiving such loans.
“The beneficiaries of the SBA’s repayment amnesty include the Children’s Health Defense Co, founded and chaired by Robert F. Kennedy Jr., perhaps the most famous anti-vaccine advocate in America. Kennedy did not respond immediately to a request for comment, but public records show that the federal government forgave a PPP loan worth $145,399, plus more than a thousand dollars in interest, in March of this year.”
An SBA loan to Sherri Tenpenny D.O. (the woman who told Ohio legislators that Covid vaccination magnetizes people) has also been forgiven. And in what may be the most egregious case, about a half-million dollars in loans to two of prominent quackery promoter Joe Mercola’s companies has been forgiven. Mercola is a multi-multi-millionaire whose empire has been built on selling people useless and harmful crap, like the tanning beds he claimed would reduce the risk of cancer, for which he was sanctioned by the FDA.*
It doesn’t seem to matter to your reps in Congress who bellies up to the federal trough in times of crisis.
For another example of local/state governments misappropriating money, look no further than settlement $$$ from tobacco companies which should have been devoted to making up health care losses and smoking prevention activities, but went for all sorts of other things as well.
*Recently Mercola was warned by the FDA about selling “unapproved and misbranded drugs” for, you guessed it, Covid-19.