Department of Justice Spent $100 Mil on Conferences in One Year

There’s nowhere to cut. Absolutely nowhere without putting firefighters out on the street and shutting down White House tours. Not a single place.

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.

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.

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!

Forget screwdrivers. 12 dollar coffee is the future. That’s pricey even for Starbucks. And then there are the bright lights of tinseltown.

The FBI has its own Investigative Publicity and Public Affairs Unit, which is dedicated to helping Hollywood make movies and TV shows, including “The Kingdom,” “Fast and Furious 4,” “CSI,” “Numb3rs” and “Without a Trace.” This perk for Hollywood comes with an annual price tag of $1.5 million to the American taxpayer.

Lights. Camera. Waste.

  • JacksonPearson

    I've oft stated, that we could cut government in half, and it would still be able to function well…and would probably be more efficient.

  • AdinaK

    it goes without saying, or it should, this is what happens when a revolutionary regime is in charge –

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel

  • BS77

    I ll bet those conferences really accomplished a lot…….gag.

  • MeSoHornish

    Look at those stupid Obamaprompters.

  • MeSoHornish

    Another angle to the story: most major meeting/convention venues (hotels, convention centers, etc.) require all food and beverages to come through their own vendors/food services. You either buy from them, at their prices, or you do without, because they won't allow outside food/beverages. So, the much-vaunted "free enterprise" is also a factor in these costs. Anyone remember the $16 muffin?

    The alternative, of course, would be for DOJ/other agencies to have their meetings on-site in their own facilities so they could have control over costs. But, that probably isn't as appealing as meeting at a resort or other off-site location.

    Until someone is demoted or fired, it's all Kabuki theater!

  • Joseph Zernik

    It's the old system – dine them and wine them to get good PR…
    Joseph Zernik