The Romney campaign is jumping on reports the General Services Administration may have had widespread issues of wasteful spending and abuse of government funds at its conferences. In response to a comment made by the Republican chair of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Rep. John Mica yesterday that his committee might need to investigate as many as 70 GSA conferences, Romney campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul issued a statement describing the financial abuses by “bureaucrats in President Obama’s government” as “unacceptable.”
“Middle-class Americans are struggling to make ends meet–but bureaucrats in President Obama’s government have never had it so good. While the country has piled on record levels of debt, millions of taxpayer dollars have been wasted on lavish parties and exclusive retreats. It’s unacceptable, and Americans deserve better from their government,” Ms. Saul said.
The GSA first came into the spotlight back in April after it was revealed their 2010 biennial conference in Vegas included 2,400-square-foot loft suites, late night parties, at least $7,000 worth of sushi, and over $1o0,000 spent on pre-conference scouting trips. Revelations about the 2010 Vegas conference caused the White House to demand the resignation of one GSA administrator and two of her deputies. At the time, Mr. Mica described the “Las Vegas fiasco” as “just the tip of the iceberg.”