Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock -- a vehement opponent of President Barack Obama's stimulus act -- could have probably picked a better backdrop to accept an endorsement Thursday.

Mourdock, the state treasurer, chose to accept the nod from the National Federal of Independent Businesses at a firm called Quality Environmental Professionals, Inc. At first glance, this is a slick political move, since QEP is a women-owned firm in a year when the GOP is fighting a considerable gender gap.

However, the firm was also a beneficiary of stimulus cash worth more than $1.6 million.

Just days before visiting the company, Mourdock criticized the stimulus act. “President Obama’s ‘stimulus' plan and other big government policies like Obamacare -– a massive tax on Americans -- have not spurred long-term economic growth and have pushed our national debt to over $15 trillion."

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