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Smithsonian Documents Detail Chief's Expenses
Washington Post ^ | March 19, 2007 | James V. Grimaldi

Posted on 03/19/2007 10:01:39 AM PDT by jazusamo

Internal Smithsonian documents offer a glimpse into what one senator called the "Dom Perignon" lifestyle of the taxpayer-supported institution's chief official, who turned in a $15,000 receipt for the replacement of French doors at his home and spent $48,000 for two chairs, a conference table and upholstery for his office suite.

Smithsonian Secretary Lawrence M. Small's spending has been the subject of intense public scrutiny after The Washington Post published details last month from a confidential inspector general's report delving into his $2 million in housing and office expenses over the past six years.

Spreadsheets and invoices obtained by The Post include previously unreleased details on expenses deemed by the Smithsonian Board of Regents to be authorized and "reasonable" under the terms of Small's employment agreement.

Small spent nearly $160,000 on the redecoration of his offices in the institution's main building on the Mall shortly after he took the helm of the world's largest museum system in 2000. The expenses include $4,000 for two chairs from the English furniture-maker George Smith, $13,000 for a custom-built conference table and $31,000 for Berkeley stripe upholstery.

Small has also received $1.15 million in housing allowances over a six-year period in return for agreeing to use his 6,500-square-foot home in Woodley Park for Smithsonian functions. To justify those expenses, Small has submitted receipts for $152,000 in utility bills, $273,000 in housekeeping services and $203,000 in maintenance charges, including $2,535 to clean a chandelier. The home-repair invoices show $12,000 for upkeep and service on his backyard swimming pool, including $4,000 to replace the lap pool's natural gas heater and pump.

The office expenses were permitted under Smithsonian policies and procedures, and the housing allowance was part of Small's employment agreement. The $160,000 in office renovations are part....

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: lawrencesmall; olivernorth; smithsonian
While Mr. Small seems to be spending lavishly on himself, under his leadership he has made some of America's treasures unavailable to some people in our country.

Oliver North has written two recent columns regarding the request to film the histortic bomber Enola Gay at the Smithsonian for an upcoming segment of War Stories on FNC. Following is an excerpt from his second column and links to both columns.

It didn't happen. In a series of last-ditch phone calls all day March 12, it became apparent that the "hang-up" had nothing to do with artful phrases in a contract. In a phone call at 5:45 p.m., a Smithsonian representative told our FOX News attorney and my executive producer that, "your shoot would be a violation of our third-party agreement." Though they never mentioned the name of the "third party," it's now apparent: It is none other than Showtime/Viacom -- the new "owner" of America's history and heritage.

It Was Easier In Hanoi 3/16/07

Selling America's Heritage 2/9/07

1 posted on 03/19/2007 10:01:44 AM PDT by jazusamo
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To: 2rightsleftcoast; abner; ACAC; Arkinsaw; aumrl; bboop; Beck_isright; Belleview; Ben Hecks; ...

Oliver North Ping!

This article is in regards to Secretary Lawrence Small of the Smithsonian. Oliver North was refused filming of the Enola Gay for an upcoming War Stories episode.


2 posted on 03/19/2007 10:08:30 AM PDT by jazusamo (http://warchronicle.com/TheyAreNotKillers/DefendOurMarines.htm)
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To: jazusamo

Any bets that Lawrence SMALL is a DEMOCRAT?? A LIBERAL DEMOCRAT?


3 posted on 03/19/2007 10:15:43 AM PDT by Suzy Quzy
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To: Suzy Quzy

No bets. :-)


4 posted on 03/19/2007 10:18:15 AM PDT by jazusamo (http://warchronicle.com/TheyAreNotKillers/DefendOurMarines.htm)
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To: jazusamo

"Public servant" ping.


5 posted on 03/19/2007 10:24:11 AM PDT by Rakkasan1 ((Illegal immigrants are just undocumented friends you haven't met yet!))
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To: jazusamo

Those expenditures don't make sense. I smell money laundering.


6 posted on 03/19/2007 10:31:45 AM PDT by TheSpottedOwl (Head Caterer for the FIRM)
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To: jazusamo
"...his 6,500-square-foot home ... Small has submitted receipts for $152,000 in utility bills"

Does he have an aluminum foundry in the basement or what? I bet this guy is very concerned about 'Global Warming'.

7 posted on 03/19/2007 10:32:46 AM PDT by Aikonaa
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To: Suzy Quzy
Any bets that Lawrence SMALL is a DEMOCRAT?? A LIBERAL DEMOCRAT?

It sure would seem that way, yes. I haven't seen too many Bush-Cheney bumper stickers in the employee lot at many public buildings, including museums.

but, if he is a liberal Democrat, the Post would not investigate him!

8 posted on 03/19/2007 10:33:17 AM PDT by GoBucks2002
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To: TheSpottedOwl

In Googling Small there are numerous articles regarding him since he became the Secretary that don't reflect well on him.


9 posted on 03/19/2007 10:38:51 AM PDT by jazusamo (http://warchronicle.com/TheyAreNotKillers/DefendOurMarines.htm)
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To: Aikonaa

$152,000 a year in UTILITY BILLS????? Has he bought his Carbon Credits from ALGORE yet????


10 posted on 03/19/2007 10:45:07 AM PDT by Suzy Quzy
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To: jazusamo

"Small has submitted receipts for $152,000 in utility bills"

This guy should get the Al Gore Award from the American Electric Utilities. 25K a month. Must have been heating the pool with an "electric" heater while the gas was being repaired.


11 posted on 03/19/2007 10:48:52 AM PDT by A Strict Constructionist (Nobles Oblige, BS, Well take care of it ourselves!)
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To: A Strict Constructionist

month should be year. Sorry


12 posted on 03/19/2007 10:50:00 AM PDT by A Strict Constructionist (Nobles Oblige, BS, Well take care of it ourselves!)
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To: jazusamo

This would explain why the day my family went to the Air and Space Museum, half the first floor displays were roped off to prepare for a fund raiser dinner that evening. Takes a lot of loot to support this lifestyle.


13 posted on 03/19/2007 10:52:31 AM PDT by GATOR NAVY (QMC(SW) Ret.)
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To: jazusamo

Anyone know what department of the government is responsible for the Smithsonian? This turkey has got
a boss somewhere....I want to send him this thread.

Its my tax money...!


14 posted on 03/19/2007 11:11:26 AM PDT by HardStarboard (The Democrats are more afraid of American Victory than Defeat!)
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To: jazusamo

Anyone know what department of the government is responsible for the Smithsonian? This turkey has got
a boss somewhere....I want to send him this thread.

Its my tax money...!


15 posted on 03/19/2007 11:11:50 AM PDT by HardStarboard (The Democrats are more afraid of American Victory than Defeat!)
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To: GATOR NAVY
The Smithsonian is just one of several federal agencies in DC that need a thorough house cleaning and this report is nothing new. Pity we don't have the right attitude in the White House to send these bow wows on their way back to private employment.
16 posted on 03/19/2007 11:15:30 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: HardStarboard
The Chancellor of the Institution is Chief Justice Roberts and they have a 17-member board of regents.

More info here

17 posted on 03/19/2007 11:25:20 AM PDT by jazusamo (http://warchronicle.com/TheyAreNotKillers/DefendOurMarines.htm)
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To: jazusamo

The Air and Space Museum wants to 'hire' us for nothing because they don't have the funds to pay us. Between this story and Oliver North not being able to film there. They can all go shove it....


18 posted on 03/19/2007 11:30:00 AM PDT by abner (I have no tagline, therefore no identity.)
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To: HardStarboard

According to their website, Sen. Thad Cochran is on the museum board - perhaps his office might be encouraged to ask some questions:


http://americanhistory.si.edu/about/board.cfm


19 posted on 03/19/2007 11:33:12 AM PDT by Ben Hecks
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To: jazusamo

Looks as though Mr. Small is living rather large at our expense! (no pun intended)


20 posted on 03/19/2007 12:37:51 PM PDT by geezerwheezer (get up boys, we're burnin' daylight!!!)
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To: GoBucks2002

Apparent Clinton appointment...

Mr. Small previously had been President and Chief Operating Officer of Fannie Mae, a shareholder-owned, New York Stock Exchange listed company and the nation's largest source of financing for home mortgages, from 1991 to 2000.

Mr. Small also serves on the boards of Marriott International, Inc., New York City's Spanish Repertory Theatre, the National Gallery of Art, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

http://www.forbes.com/finance/mktguideapps/personinfo/FromPersonIdPersonTearsheet.jhtml?passedPersonId=940163


21 posted on 03/19/2007 12:50:02 PM PDT by VRWCTexan (History has a long memory - but still repeats itself)
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To: VRWCTexan

National Briefing | Washington: Donor Withdraws Smithsonian Gift


Published: February 5, 2002

A promised $38 million donation to the Smithsonian Institution was withdrawn, forcing the cancellation of a planned exhibit that critics said would damaged the institution's integrity. The announcement came less than three weeks after 170 scholars and other critics complained that Lawrence M. Small, the institution's chief executive, had commercialized the museums. No specific reason was given for the decision to withdraw the donation, one of the largest in the 156-year history of the Smithsonian.

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9B0CE5DA113DF936A35751C0A9649C8B63&n=Top%2fReference%2fTimes%20Topics%2fPeople%2fS%2fSmall%2c%20Lawrence%20M%2e


22 posted on 03/19/2007 12:52:58 PM PDT by VRWCTexan (History has a long memory - but still repeats itself)
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To: VRWCTexan

On Jan. 24, 2000, Lawrence M. Small became the 11th secretary of the Smithsonian Institution after having served for nearly a decade as president and chief operating officer of Fannie Mae, the world’s largest housing finance company....

A Clinton "gift".... on the way out of office...


23 posted on 03/19/2007 12:58:11 PM PDT by VRWCTexan (History has a long memory - but still repeats itself)
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To: geezerwheezer

And always has:

May 23, 2006
Fannie Mae to pay $400 million in settlement

In the 1998 incident questioned in the report, Fannie reported paying bonuses to the following executives: chairman and chief executive James A. Johnson, who received $1.932 million; Raines, who then was chairman-designate, received $1.110 million; Chief Operating Officer Lawrence M. Small received $1.108 million; Vice Chairman Jamie Gorelick received $779,625; Howard received $493,750; and Robert J. Levin, who was executive vice president for housing and community development, also received $493,750. The executives either could not be reached or declined comment last night.

http://64.233.167.104/search?q=cache:MYRfTx8EEGsJ:www.halfsigma.com/2006/05/fannie_mae_to_p.html+%22Lawrence+M+Small%22+fannie+may&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=5&gl=us


24 posted on 03/19/2007 1:05:28 PM PDT by VRWCTexan (History has a long memory - but still repeats itself)
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To: jazusamo
Did this guy used to work at FANNIE MAE, anyone know?

He has shelled out a lot of political donations, BTW.

25 posted on 03/19/2007 1:08:05 PM PDT by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: VRWCTexan
Thanks. He was at FANNIE MAE.
26 posted on 03/19/2007 1:08:56 PM PDT by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: Suzy Quzy
Any bets that Lawrence SMALL is a DEMOCRAT?? A LIBERAL DEMOCRAT?

I wouldn't take the bet. It could go either way.

27 posted on 03/19/2007 1:12:49 PM PDT by Mr.Unique (Why did Lloyd Dobler want Diane Court anyway??)
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To: jazusamo

See Post No. 7:

http://64.233.167.104/search?q=cache:nZK9_8vz2TEJ:www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1504347/posts+%22Lawrence+M+Small%22+fannie+may&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=21&gl=us


28 posted on 03/19/2007 1:14:49 PM PDT by VRWCTexan (History has a long memory - but still repeats itself)
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To: jazusamo
This is a story cited on a cached link I found while googling. Scroll down the page for...

The Horror in the Museum

From the link....

This was awkward in part because the owner, Lawrence Small, was head of the Smithsonian, one of the nation's premiere cultural institutions. And then there was the problem of his shifting stories. In December 2000, Small told Architectural Digest that he had legally purchased many of the artifacts while traveling through South America in the 1980s. But, when wildlife officials questioned him less than a year later, he claimed he had bought the bulk of his collection from an anthropologist in North Carolina in 1998 for about $400,000. After months of sifting through over 1,000 Amazonian artifacts, ornithologists and mammologists from the agency discovered that over 200 of the objets d'art contained feathers from protected birds, including the crested caracara and the roseate spoonbill. On January 5, 2004, a U.S. attorney in Raleigh, North Carolina, filed charges against Small for violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Small pleaded out to a class B misdemeanor; a federal judge ordered that he serve two years probation and 100 hours community service.

29 posted on 03/19/2007 1:16:56 PM PDT by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: Mr.Unique

Well his Clinton appointment to Fannie May (1991-2000) followed by a second Clinton appointment to this gravy-train is probably a good indication that he is a big-time liberal dem..?


30 posted on 03/19/2007 1:17:07 PM PDT by VRWCTexan (History has a long memory - but still repeats itself)
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To: mewzilla
Yes. This is from a post on the thread on Ollie's first column, Selling America's Heritage.

Lawrence M. Small was at the center of the storm from the get-go. He became Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution in January 2000, after a high-profile banking career at Citicorp/Citibank and Fannie Mae. Unlike previous secretaries, Small had zero credentials as a scholar and no experience with nonprofit research or educational institutions.

Post #11

31 posted on 03/19/2007 1:18:44 PM PDT by jazusamo (http://warchronicle.com/TheyAreNotKillers/DefendOurMarines.htm)
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To: jazusamo
From your link...

Unlike previous secretaries, Small had zero credentials as a scholar and no experience with nonprofit research or educational institutions..

Jeez louise...

32 posted on 03/19/2007 1:20:41 PM PDT by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: mewzilla

Jeez louise is right. This guy is a real piece of work. I wouldn't be surprised if he winds up doing time, there's a lot of questionable things in his past.

I don't know if it's me or the site but it's awfully slow.


33 posted on 03/19/2007 1:30:41 PM PDT by jazusamo (http://warchronicle.com/TheyAreNotKillers/DefendOurMarines.htm)
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To: jazusamo
Jeez louise is right. This guy is a real piece of work. I wouldn't be surprised if he winds up doing time, there's a lot of questionable things in his past.

The Smithsonian, the National Archives...The Toons sure could pick 'em, eh?

I don't know if it's me or the site but it's awfully slow.

It's not just you :(

34 posted on 03/19/2007 1:35:27 PM PDT by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: VRWCTexan

Thanks for the link.

Wow! This turkey has rubbed elbows with quite a crowd.


35 posted on 03/19/2007 1:38:07 PM PDT by jazusamo (http://warchronicle.com/TheyAreNotKillers/DefendOurMarines.htm)
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To: VRWCTexan
Well his Clinton appointment to Fannie May (1991-2000) followed by a second Clinton appointment to this gravy-train is probably a good indication that he is a big-time liberal dem..?

Well...I didn't lose any money on the bet...

36 posted on 03/19/2007 1:46:17 PM PDT by Mr.Unique (Why did Lloyd Dobler want Diane Court anyway??)
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To: Mr.Unique
Bets?
37 posted on 03/19/2007 1:57:35 PM PDT by Fester Chugabrew
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To: VRWCTexan; Suzy Quzy

Ping to 37. FWIW


38 posted on 03/19/2007 2:03:07 PM PDT by Mr.Unique (Why did Lloyd Dobler want Diane Court anyway??)
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To: Fester Chugabrew

That makes me wanna puke.


39 posted on 03/19/2007 3:17:54 PM PDT by Suzy Quzy
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To: Suzy Quzy; DaveLoneRanger
The Washington Post published details . . . from a confidential inspector general's report delving into his $2 million in housing and office expenses over the past six years.

Why would the Washington Post want to do such a thing? I think it's because he had the audacity to allow a presentation on Intelligent Design into the Smithsonian, contrary to the delusions of those who believe the earth and its benefits are a product of impersonal forces. Not to mention he happens to be a Republican.

40 posted on 03/19/2007 4:16:17 PM PDT by Fester Chugabrew
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