Government run amok: A $16 muffin and 110-grand for PR

Today the fleecing continues, but this time it’s the U.S. Department of Justice with its hand in the taxpayers’ cookie jar. A recent Inspector General’s report on DOJ spending found the department spent more than $120 million in a two-year period to hold meetings and conferences for its lawyers to get together and sit around and act lawyerly.

By Chris Ingram

The Tampa Tribune

Published September 26, 2011

Remember back in the 1980s when reports surfaced about the Pentagon paying $400 for toilet seats you could buy at a hardware store for 20 bucks?

Today the fleecing continues, but this time it’s the U.S. Department of Justice with its hand in the taxpayers’ cookie jar. A recent Inspector General’s report on DOJ spending found the department spent more than $120 million in a two-year period to hold meetings and conferences for its lawyers to get together and sit around and act lawyerly.

Among the many egregious findings, the report noted that DOJ paid $4,200 for 250 breakfast muffins — that’s $16 per muffin. At another conference, the department paid more than $8 per person for a cup of coffee, and at another, $32 per person for goodie bags filled with candy bars and Cracker Jacks. And best yet, for Swedish meatballs, DOJ paid $5 per meatball.

The best excuse the DOJ could come up with was “the cities where the conferences were held are expensive” or something lame like that.

But you don’t have to look to Washington for instances of government waste. (Click here to read the full column in today’s Tampa Tribune)

Chris Ingram is the president and founder of 411 Communications a corporate and political communications firm, and publisher of Irreverent View. Ingram is a frequent pundit on Fox News and CNN, and has written opinion columns for the Washington Times, UPI, and National Review online. He is the Republican political analyst for Bay News 9, the only 24 hour all news channel in Florida’s largest media market. The opinions expressed here are those of author and do not represent the views of Bay News 9. E-mail him atChris@IrreverentView.com.

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