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The Justice Department spent a jawdropping $73.3 million on conferences in 2009, according to a report released today by the Inspector General via Bloomberg.If it’s not clear how much that really is, check out the receipts.
The DoJ spent $16 per muffin at a meeting of the Executive Office for Immigration Review, and $32 per person on a meal of Cracker Jacks and candy bars at a conference of the Office on Violence Against Women! They also spent $7.42 per beef wellington appetizer and $5 per Swedish meatball at other meetings.
The audit comprised of a review of 10 Justice Department conferences that took place from 2007-2009.
Technically, there are limits to how much agencies can spend on refreshments, but the department was able to manoeuvre around them by planning events under cooperative agreements.
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