House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has squandered over $101,000 tax dollars on “in-flight services” on congressional delegations since 2008, according to new documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by the government watchdog group Judicial Watch.
Expenditures on Pelosi-led CODELs, the group’s report shows, include thousands for liquor, beer and wine. Receipts show purchase of Johnny Walker, Grey Goose, Beefeater, Maker’s Mark, Courvoisier, Dewars, Bombay Sapphire and more, all courtesy of the American tax payer.
During the same two-year period, the entirety of Speaker Pelosi’s travel expenditures, including the use of Air Force aircraft for herself and relatives, cost the Department of Defense $2,100,749.59.
Judicial Watch’s report Wednesday captured the attention of the social conservative American Family Association, who called Pelosi’s expenses an “abuse of taxpayer dollars” in an urgent action alert to supporters.
“While many families struggle to make ends meet financially, the leader of the people’s House is snatching money out of their wallets to treat her guests to the finest and most expensive booze money can buy so they can party down while in the air,” the email read.
“[D]emand that your representative hold [Pelosi] accountable on your behalf. Urge your representative to conduct an investigation into this abuse and report back to you directly.”
On average, the Air Force incurred expenses of $28,000 per flight for Pelosi to travel from Washington, D.C. to her home district in San Francisco. Of the 103 international congressional delegations led by Pelosi, members of the Speaker’s family joined her for 31 trips.
Pelosi “has a history of wasting taxer funds,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said. “And these documents suggest the Speaker’s congressional delegations are more about partying than anything else.”
Last week, the group named Pelosi among the group’s ten most corrupt politicians for her “sense of entitlement” relating to her “boorish demands for military travel,” Fitton said. The list also included the names of Representatives John Murtha, Barney Frank, Charlie Rangel, Senator Chris Dodd and President Barack Obama.
Cross-posted to Skepticians.com.
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