Faced with having to spend their “use it or lose it” funds, the Defense Department used it last September… on high-dollar seafood.
According to government watchdog group 'Open the Books', the DOD bought 4.5 million dollars worth of lobster tail and crab. Typically, the last month of the fiscal year finds government agencies trying to spend the rest of their budget, out of fear Congress will take money away if they have any left.
Other agencies spent their last dollars on things including including a Wexford Leather club chair ($9,241), china tableware ($53,004), alcohol ($308,994), golf carts ($673,471), musical equipment including pianos, tubas, and trombones ($1.7 million), iPhones and iPads ($7.7 million), plus workout and recreation equipment ($9.8 million).
“Use it or lose it” spending has gone up 39-percent since Trump’s election.