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Photos Show GSA Official Enjoying Wine/Soak in Spa Tub at M Hotel During “Pre-Conference” Meeting
ABC NEWS ^ | 4-16-2012 | Jake Tapper

Posted on 04/16/2012 11:11:27 AM PDT by tcrlaf

The government official on the frontlines of the scandal involving a wasteful government conference, U.S. General Services Administration regional commissioner Jeffrey Neely, will invoke his 5th amendment right against self-incrimination, his lawyer Preston Burton tells ABC News.

He won’t comment on the $822,751 conference, many of the expenditures for which the GSA Inspector General called “excessive” and “wasteful.” He won’t comment on the bizarre awards ceremony, or the commemorative coins, the mind-reader/motivational speaker.

Mr. Neely bares a bit more in a photo collection on his wife’s Google+ page. There visitors can see photos of Neely staying in a luxurious suite at the M Resort Spa & Casino in November 2009, during one of the eight scouting and off-site pre-conference meetings to prepare for the October 2010 conference.

The eight pre-conference trips alone cost the government $130,000, according to the GSA Inspector General’s investigation of the 2010 conference. Inspector General Brian Miller has referred his case to the Justice Department for possible criminal investigation.

(Excerpt) Read more at abcnews.go.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: corruption; gsa; obama; opm
NOTE TO MOD: Title shortened to fit!

I don't know what I'm more shocked by... Democrats livin large on someone else's money? Or the fact that ABC is actually COVERING IT?

1 posted on 04/16/2012 11:11:34 AM PDT by tcrlaf
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To: tcrlaf
I hope these bastards have to pay this back with their OWN money.

Nevermind, Issa is on the case...Nothing will come of it.

2 posted on 04/16/2012 11:21:14 AM PDT by Michael Barnes (Obamaa+ Downgrade)
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To: tcrlaf

“I don’t know what I’m more shocked by... Democrats livin large on someone else’s money? Or the fact that ABC is actually COVERING IT?”

They’ve managed to decouple it from Obama. Obama is taking very little damage from this. Eventually, the spin will be:

Obama cleans up the GSA, a mess left to him by Bush.


3 posted on 04/16/2012 11:22:48 AM PDT by brownsfan (Aldous Huxley and Mike Judge were right.)
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To: tcrlaf

Trogolytes like you, who oppose necessary and proper government spending are secretly supporting thinly veiled Social Darwinism. There is a razor thin line between denying Mr. Neely wine bath spas and packing people you deem inferior into cattle cars bound for the camps.

Don’t you dare try to deny it!


4 posted on 04/16/2012 11:24:26 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Queeg Olbermann: Ahh, but the strawberries that's... that's where I had them.)
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To: tcrlaf

What were those comments Obama made about CEOs and planes? Oh yeah, and those trips to Vegas? I told my Dad yesterday, what does everyone expect with these scandals? We have spent 50 years teaching that morality (cheating, lying etc..) do not matter.


5 posted on 04/16/2012 11:24:39 AM PDT by taterjay
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To: tcrlaf
"Grab a brew. Don't cost nothin'."

- Bluto Blutarsky

6 posted on 04/16/2012 11:24:50 AM PDT by JPG (Hold on tight; rough road ahead.)
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To: tcrlaf

I think they realize that if a social revolution does happen after Obama has used the “diversion” media - it is the actual news reporters that will be hanged as conspirators!

I think they don’t want Obama digging into their pockets...most of those big names make millions...FOX included...I guess they are rethinking their so-called support for the Big O!


7 posted on 04/16/2012 11:24:58 AM PDT by BCW (http://babylonscovertwar.com/index.html)
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To: Michael Barnes
The eight pre-conference trips alone cost the government $130,000,

Boiling in oil is too good for him.

8 posted on 04/16/2012 11:27:12 AM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: taterjay; All

After the GSA and Secret Service scandals, this is a great time for Obama to joke he goes to foreign summits to scout vacation spots.

Imagine how a statement like this would be treated by the media had a REPUBLICAN uttered it?


9 posted on 04/16/2012 11:27:57 AM PDT by tcrlaf (Election 2012: THE RAPTURE OF THE DEMOCRATS)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
Saving America from Social Darwinism One Hot Tub At A Time:

L

10 posted on 04/16/2012 11:29:29 AM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: Lurker

Not even thinly veiled...


11 posted on 04/16/2012 11:33:44 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Queeg Olbermann: Ahh, but the strawberries that's... that's where I had them.)
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To: Lurker

Does this picture make me look gay?


12 posted on 04/16/2012 11:39:20 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: tcrlaf

I’ve been trying to figure out what would make me “happy” regarding punishment for these folks who are living large on taxpayer money. Repayment? Absolutely. Jail time? Absolutely. Still not enough, though. What I have finally settled on that would give me some measure of ‘satisfaction’ is a publicly televised caning.


13 posted on 04/16/2012 11:45:57 AM PDT by MissMagnolia (Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't. (M.Thatcher))
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To: Dr. Ursus

LOL, well don’t know about that, but it makes me look like a pig, swilling at the trough of tax payers money. Dear God and Obama has blamed CEO’s for lavish bonuses. Clean up your own backyard before lecturing the business world Barack.


14 posted on 04/16/2012 11:48:45 AM PDT by BLOC77 (bloc07)
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To: Dr. Ursus

“Does this picture make me look gay?”

No, but there are two glasses of wine, one “happy fella” in the picture. Question. Why is he happy, and where is the other occupant?

Which I guess answers question 1.


15 posted on 04/16/2012 11:49:49 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Solyent Pink is Sheeple!!!!)
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To: tcrlaf

Anyone wonder why the SS was setup in Brazil?


16 posted on 04/16/2012 11:56:32 AM PDT by rawcatslyentist ("Behold, I am against you, O arrogant one," Jeremiah 50:31)
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To: Michael Barnes
I hope these bastards have to pay this back with their OWN money. Nevermind, Issa is on the case...Nothing will come of it

Issa is about the same as Judicial Watch. Toothless.

17 posted on 04/16/2012 11:59:20 AM PDT by Digger (If RINO is your selection then failure is your election)
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To: tcrlaf

Whatever happened to using public money for personal use as theft?? I heard a federal prosecutor claim such fraud, waste, and abuse wasn’t illegal.


18 posted on 04/16/2012 12:01:19 PM PDT by CodeToad (I'm so right-wing if I lifted my left leg I'd go into a spin.)
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To: MissMagnolia

“What I have finally settled on that would give me some measure of ‘satisfaction’ is a publicly televised caning.”

This kind of waste is destroying our country. It is TREASON, and I think it deserves a public hanging on the national mall and televised. It will never happen of course - but that is what SHOULD happen. What will happen is that we will all be hanging once the Chinese take over.


19 posted on 04/16/2012 12:03:46 PM PDT by 21twelve
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To: tcrlaf
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20 posted on 04/16/2012 12:05:21 PM PDT by RetSignman (You show Him your plan and He'll show you His.)
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To: tcrlaf

Gotta launder the SEIU pay somehow...


21 posted on 04/16/2012 12:09:49 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: 21twelve

That would work for me, too.


22 posted on 04/16/2012 12:15:37 PM PDT by MissMagnolia (Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't. (M.Thatcher))
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To: MissMagnolia

Make him stay in the hot tub an entire year. He can’t get out for any reason. He must eat three full meals a day.


23 posted on 04/16/2012 12:31:17 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Smokin' Joe

Notice some of the LIBS comments!! Trying to blame this on Bush. . .yawn.


24 posted on 04/16/2012 12:48:06 PM PDT by AbolishCSEU (Percentage of Income in CS is inversely proportionate to Mother's parenting of children)
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To: BLOC77
Obama has blamed CEO’s for lavish bonuses

I may not be popular for saying this, but I think that CEO's don't get paid enough.

I'd love to see more direct compensation to executives, and less in the form of stock options. I think that would encourage long term strategic thinking, rather than short-term tactical thinking at the executive level.

But, more to the point, if the economy is great, and the company is successful, then it's the CEO's fault. Likewise, if America elects an idiot president and a government that immediately and unconstitutionally implements a wealth redistribution policy and the business tanks along with the economy ...... then it's the CEO's fault.

Additionally, by definition, there are only 500 people in the world who are Fortune 500 CEO's. How many people would be overqualified to handle this government wonk's job? There probably are 500 right now, just surfing FR, nevermind looking any further.

25 posted on 04/16/2012 12:58:18 PM PDT by wbill
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To: rawcatslyentist

Unless you are referring to a different incident, the recent news story occurred in Cartagena, Colombia.


26 posted on 04/16/2012 1:02:48 PM PDT by ELS (Vivat Benedictus XVI!)
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To: MissMagnolia

government corruption of this magnitude calls for execution...preferably hanging in the public square as an example and warning to others


27 posted on 04/16/2012 1:04:39 PM PDT by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: Lurker

Clairee Belcher: All gay men have track lightin’. And all gay men are named Mark, Rick, or Steve.

I’m betting Mark was taking the picture, Rick is the bathing beauty’s middle name and Steve, who’s waiting at home, gave him the necklace.


28 posted on 04/16/2012 1:08:15 PM PDT by bgill
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To: ELS

Give me a break I wuz public edjukated. Colombia, Brazil, whats the difference? It’s Booshes fault anyway.


29 posted on 04/16/2012 1:20:06 PM PDT by rawcatslyentist ("Behold, I am against you, O arrogant one," Jeremiah 50:31)
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To: tcrlaf

Is this guy career or political?


30 posted on 04/16/2012 1:21:27 PM PDT by sphinx
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

LOL!


31 posted on 04/16/2012 1:30:20 PM PDT by Fundamentally Fair (Pictionary at the Rorschach's tonight!)
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To: RetSignman
OK. I can see this picture is going to be a classic.
I don't have the photoshop talent but someone please put together a version including shirtless Obama and looter guy also in the tub.
Thank you in advance.
32 posted on 04/16/2012 1:39:31 PM PDT by toast
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To: tcrlaf
Here's a quote from Animal Farm character Squealer the Pig that will explain this mess:

"Comrades!" he cried. "You do not imagine, I hope, that we pigs are doing this in a spirit of selfishness and privilege? Many of us actually dislike milk and apples (wine-soaks). I dislike them myself. Our sole object in taking these things is to preserve our health. Milk and apples/wine-soak hot tub baths (this has been proved by Science, comrades) contain substances absolutely necessary to the well-being of a pig. We pigs are brainworkers. The whole management and organization of this farm depend on us. Day and night we are watching over your welfare. It is for YOUR sake that we drink that milk/wine and eat those apples/soak in those hot tubs."

33 posted on 04/16/2012 1:49:35 PM PDT by NRA1995 (I'll cling to my religion and guns till they're pried from my cold dead fingers!)
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To: paul51

Someone else suggested public hanging (post 19) & that works for me, too.


34 posted on 04/16/2012 2:11:56 PM PDT by MissMagnolia (Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't. (M.Thatcher))
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To: MissMagnolia

How bout this........tattoo THIEF on their foreheads.


35 posted on 04/16/2012 2:24:57 PM PDT by servantboy777
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To: NRA1995

Absolutely perfect.


36 posted on 04/16/2012 3:17:10 PM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: tcrlaf
and America takes another one in the........

37 posted on 04/16/2012 4:12:36 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: tcrlaf
eight pre-conference trips ?

That's some serious prep work.

38 posted on 04/16/2012 4:31:09 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: tcrlaf; sickoflibs; Gilbo_3; stephenjohnbanker; DoughtyOne; AuntB

39 posted on 04/16/2012 11:55:28 PM PDT by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas (Fool me once, shame on you -- twice, shame on me -- 100 times, it's U. S. immigration policy.)
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To: tcrlaf; All

I mentioned last year (maybe two) that the SSA are clients and saw the bid for there 300 people “conference” that bill was over 750,000.

No one seemed to care then.


40 posted on 04/17/2012 6:33:17 AM PDT by edcoil (It is not over until I win.)
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To: tcrlaf

I hope someone is checking this guy’s government travel card expenses at the M against any room food and beverage comps he received for gambling there. Vegas Boondoggle aside, receiving personal comps for reimbursable travel expenses is outright fraud and this guy is just arrogant enough to have engaged in it.


41 posted on 04/17/2012 6:46:41 AM PDT by TADSLOS (The Romney crowd is stinking up FR. This place needs an enema.)
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To: tcrlaf
Media circus made to distract from the real news and to also let Issa look like he's really getting to the bottom of something really important...

So they pi$$ed some money away... what else is new?

(The dude looked totally gay in that picture btw.)

42 posted on 04/17/2012 6:49:58 AM PDT by OKSooner (Never take a known wise-@$$ shooting with you even if he IS an ordained minister.)
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To: tcrlaf

We the People have allowed our employees to forget for whom they work....


43 posted on 04/17/2012 6:51:40 AM PDT by mo (If you understand, no explanation is needed. If you don't understand, no explanation is possible.)
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To: All

"O-o-o-o, Brucie, that felt good. Come back in and let's do it again."

44 posted on 04/17/2012 7:25:23 AM PDT by Liz
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To: RetSignman

"Golly, wait'll my boss, GSA Director Martha, sees me
wet and wild in the hot tub. I'll get that $9000 raise for sure."

45 posted on 04/17/2012 7:32:08 AM PDT by Liz
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To: tcrlaf

Funny how proud Mr. Neely was of how he used a goat herd to save taxpayer money. Check out slides #11 and #12 at http://www.njit.edu/ptac/docs/GSASept_2010_1_.pdf


46 posted on 04/17/2012 8:56:42 AM PDT by Starrling
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To: Liz

Sheesh!!


47 posted on 04/17/2012 9:03:38 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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