It could be…it all depends on how the regulations determining the distribution of funds is written… and when you consider how public the Kennedy Center’s funding was under the provisions of the stimulus bill, it’s not like Congress feels the need to hide such things.
For example, there are affluent suburbs of Los Angeles with very low crime rates that have SWAT units… there are also small departments that have helicopter units and armored vehicles… why?
Much of that dates back all the way back to 1984 when the Olympic Games came to L.A. The state and federal government created funds aimed at promoting public safety and preventing terrorism and local departments were invited to submit requests. Once allocated, it’s not like the funds were going to be returned, so all manner of expense was approved so long as the request could be made to sound “justified.”
Once those new units and assets were in place, the cities kept funding them are part of the “regular” budget….and continue to do so to this day.
Sad to say, but it’s simple human nature for some to take advantage of a crisis for their own profit.