With such a large spotlight headed shining on the small town, Politifact Ohio decided to review Beck’s storyline that Wilmington shuns government assistance. We asked for Beck’s sources, but our e-mails to his producer went unanswered. So, we looked ourselves.
We quickly found Beck’s story full of holes.
* The city of Wilmington itself has received federal assistance, including money from the federal stimulus bill that Beck often rails against.
* Government and social service agencies that serve residents of Wilmington and surrounding Clinton and Clark counties have received state and federal money.
* Development agencies and companies in Wilmington have received state aid or pledges of state aid.
* Unemployed residents of the town and county are receiving unemployment and other jobless benefits.
Additionally, Politifact spoke with Wilmington’s mayor, who confirmed that the city was receiving and seeking any government resources that they could get.