Waste Fraud and Abuse

Ah, but not by those moochers out there in the heartland and the inner cities. Nope, nope, nope. Right here in Washington DC, all of them the rich and famous or aspirants to that status. This is part of the story of how Trump’s inauguration committee spent the money it solicited to put on the parties it felt were needed to show America just who they’d elected.

Private donors put up $107 million to usher Donald J. Trump into office in style two years ago, and it is now clear just how enthusiastically his inaugural committee went to town with it.

There was $10,000 for makeup for 20 aides at an evening inaugural event. There was another $30,000 in per-diem payments to dozens of contract staff members, in addition to their fully covered hotel rooms, room service orders, plane tickets and taxi rides, including some to drop off laundry.

But wait! With that much money floating around, surely the newly-inaugurated President must have ensured some of it stuck to him, right?

The bill from the Trump International Hotel was more than $1.5 million.

Read the whole thing. It’s a stunning example of ostentation run amok.


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