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Muffins: $16 apiece. Coffee: more than a dollar an ounce. Snacks: $32 per person.

A report issued Tuesday by the Justice Department's inspector general found excessive spending on food and beverages in an audit of 10 department conferences.

Justice spent about $490,000 on food and beverages at the conferences — more than 10 percent of the $4.4 million total cost of the events.

In response, the Justice Department concurred with the IG's recommendations to more closely monitor costs.

The department hosted or participated in 1,832 conferences in 2008 and 2009, costing $121 million.

The DOJ may be soft on corporate criminals, but it's got the $16 muffins.

Many of the corporations responsible for nearly bringing down the global economy escaped prosecution because of a set of guidelines adopted by the Justice Department in summer 2008. The New York Times recently reported on the effect of this “softer approach” to white-collar crime. The guidelines were well-known to federal prosecutors but not to the public at large, and help explain “the dearth of criminal cases despite a raft of inquiries into the financial crisis

Take that $121 million the DOJ used for those 1,832 conferences, and put that money towards prosecuting and bringing to justice the corporate criminals that brought down the world economy.

Originally posted to scorpiorising on Wed Sep 21, 2011 at 07:26 AM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  And we wonder why (3+ / 0-)

    there is no middle-class justice to be found within the United States Justice Department. I say: let's follow the money and find out exactly who were the beneficiaries of this outrageous rip-off scheme. Perhaps we can find a few RICO violations right here.

  •  I have expeirnece in event planning across (8+ / 0-)

    the country and what I'm getting from this is that DOJ is holding events at highest of high end venues. ($128 for a gallon of coffee is ridiculous for a govt agency) They should be using less expensve venues and where possible hosting events in government facilities and getting competitive bids from local caterers.

    Oh and while we're on the subject of wasteful spending in government, get this:

    Everytime there is an election it is followed by a shuffling of offices based on pecking order. If so and so loses his/her bid for re-election and so and so had a corner office with a view of the Capitol, then someone who won re-election is on a waiting list for that primo office and it sets off a whole chain reaction of office shuffling.

    And everyone who moves into a new office gets to change the carpet, the drapes, the wall coverings, etc at taxpayer expense and that doesn't even include the cost of paying professional office movers to move desks, file cabinets, etc from one office to the next.

    That right there is some institutional waste that has been around since forever and will likely never be addressed.

    Ds see human suffering and wonder what they can do to relieve it. Rs see human suffering and wonder how they can profit from it.

    by JTinDC on Wed Sep 21, 2011 at 08:17:02 AM PDT

  •  Always with the muffins! (5+ / 0-)

    Ever notice how muffins are the harbingers of ruin and woe?

    Every meeting I've ever attended where something bad was going to be announced featured muffins. In times of good news you get donuts, or bagels, or sometimes even breakfast tacos, but a basket of muffins on a table is a sure sign that something is going down, and people will be hurt.

    Is it because muffins have always been teased as being nothing but "ugly cupcakes?"

    Is it because muffin tops sell at a premium, but you can't even give away muffin stumps?

    I don't know, but I do know that when you see a bunch of paper wrapped treats without sprinkles or frosting, you gird your loins and get ready for the pain.

  •  $16 a muffin? (2+ / 0-)
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    scorpiorising, jimreyn

    That's more than two hours at minimum wage.

    I write the series Confessions of a Retail Worker here on DK. It documents my life in a non-unionized workplace.

    by Lightbulb on Wed Sep 21, 2011 at 08:58:17 AM PDT

  •  Someone needs (0+ / 0-)

    an auditor with some authority and experience.

    I am not religious, and did NOT say I enjoyed sects.

    by trumpeter on Wed Sep 21, 2011 at 09:31:57 AM PDT

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