They Love To Spend Your Money: Eric Holder Host 3 Extravagant Events And Spends $410,000 On Awards Alone

Published on November 9, 2013

The Justice Department’s internal watchdog blasted the U.S. Marshals Service for excessive spending on “swag,” but the attorney general spent half as much on just three events.

Internal documents reveal that award spending for the Annual Attorney General Awards Ceremony — headed by Attorney General Eric Holder — more than doubled between 2009 and 2011, coming to a total of over $410,000 in the course of just three ceremonies.

Overall, Justice Management Division spent $413,427 on awards for the three events held between 2009 and 2011. That doesn’t include the price of catering, entertainment and venue space for the ceremony itself. The Daughters of the American Revolution’s Constitution Hall, where the event is typically held, costs at least $4,500 to rent per hour.

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