Taxpayers buy $16 muffins for Justice Dept.
The Justice Department and several of its agencies engaged in “extravagant and wasteful” spending on food, beverages and event planning for law enforcement conferences, including paying $16 each for muffins, $76 per person for lunch and more than $8 for a cup of coffee, according to an audit released Sept. 20 by the department’s two Justice Department agencies, the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) and the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), for spending $600,000 in grant funds for event-planning services for five conferences without demonstrating that the firms offered the most cost-effective services.
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At one conference, a workshop on enhancing judicial skills, participants were ser ved snacks of Cracker Jack, popcorn and candy during a break, costing $32 a person, and also were provided a “deluxe” ice cream assortment that cost $10 per person. The 166 people attending a separate conference of U.S. attorneys were fed beef Wellington appetizers at $7.32 per ser ving.
It takes a lot of taxpayer green to butter his muffins: Attorney General Eric Holder