DOJ Spent $100 Million On Conferences In One Year

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Before the sequester took effect Attorney General Eric Holder went out and warned the American people that our safety would be at risk if the budget for the Department of Justice was cut. What he didn’t tell us is how much money the department wastes every year. Despite having four empty federal prisons, they bought another prison in Illinois for $165 million that’s now sitting empty and costing $6 million a year to maintain. They also spend $1.5 million a year to work with Hollywood. And in 2010 alone, they spent $100 million on conferences, according to Rep. Bob Goodlatte.

The House Judiciary Committee has examined recent spending trends at the DOJ and has found several examples of wasteful and duplicative spending, all of which are paid for by taxpayers. …

In addition, the DOJ staff hosted numerous conferences around the country. In 2010 alone, the department spent nearly $100 million on conferences, which is twice what was spent two years earlier. This includes more than $600,000 in event-planner costs for five conferences, even though the need for this was not shown.

The food at these conferences was also exorbitant. For example, coffee and tea cost from 62 cents to $1.03 an ounce. At the $1.03-per-ounce price, a 12-ounce cup of coffee would have cost $12.36!

And that’s not all. They’ve spent millions on luxury travel, and $10,000 in federal funds sent to a police department in Connecticut was spent on a pizza party! Oh but sure, we’re supposed to believe there’s no room in the budget for cuts.

Update: Linked by The Con Mom and Big Pulpit – thanks!