Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Lawyers Loose with Money

People too poor to afford lawyers have to turn to Legal Aid -- and the taxpayer funded outfit has to turn away half the people who come looking for help because there's not enough money in the budget.

But the AP reports that the outfit's honchos are blowing money on $14 dollar deserts and $400 limo rides:

"The government-funded corporation boasts a spacious headquarters in Washington's swank Georgetown district — with views of the Potomac River and a rent significantly higher than other tenants in the same building.

And board members wrote themselves a policy that doubled the amount they could claim for meals compared with their staff."
The top guys tend to meet at hotels for conferences -- instead of at the Georgetown HQ. Even when they meet in DC, they rent hotel conference rooms. These conferences cost up to 55-grand and the last one was in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Take a lok at the per-person bill for one of thier stays:
  • $59 Three-entree buffet
  • $17 Belgian waffle breakfast
  • $28 Deli buffet
  • $13 "High Tea" service
  • $12 Bagel break
  • $12 Cookie sortment
  • $14 "Death By Chocolate" dessert
Somebody should sue these guys! (AP via USAToday)

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