27 Days: Dole's taxpayer spending spree...on a party

DAY 27

After receiving an $85 billion bailout with taxpayer money from the federal government, AIG was found spending nearly half a million dollars at the St. Regis Resort in California. Last fall, Elizabeth Dole struck a similar chord when her Senate office spent nearly $16,000 of taxpayer money on a staff meeting at a vacation destination on the Outer Banks. While North Carolinians faced home foreclosures, rising gas prices and the beginnings of an economic recession, did Elizabeth Dole really feel as though taxpayer money was best spent in this way? With that kind of reckless spending, with no regard for the people whose money it actually is, it is no wonder we’re having to bailout Wall Street and face a national debt that is nearing $10 trillion.

DOLE’S SENATE OFFICE SPENT NEAR $16,000 OF TAXPAYERS’ MONEY FOR A THREE DAY STAFF RETREAT IN KITTY HAWK

October 8-10, 2007: Dole Spent Nearly $16,000 In Taxpayer Money For A “Staff Retreat.” Senate records show Dole’s Senate office spent $15,895.99 on expenses for a staff retreat in Kitty Hawk between October 8 and October 10, 2007. Records show that Dole spent $94.77 in per diem expenses during a “staff retreat” in Kitty Hawk from October 8 to October 10, 2007. In a reimbursement to Bank of America, Senate records show that her staff spent $6,353.51 in per diem expenses for the retreat. In separate reimbursements to individual staff members, $6,793.49 was spent on transportation for 23 staff members as well as over $2,652 in per diem expenses for 35 staffers. [Dole Senate Spending Records, October 2007 – March 2008]

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