The Starbucks is On Us

  • 6 November 2014
  • jwoodie
The Starbucks is On Us

Some Department of Homeland Security personnel are given federal credit cards. They are supposed to use those credit cards for work purposes. But it turns out they are also using them to buy a lot of pumpkin spice lattes at Starbucks:

"A House Oversight subcommittee held a congressional hearing earlier this month on misuses of the government credit card, asking why federal employees were swiping the card for seemingly personal things like haircuts, gym memberships and movie tickets.

"Scott MacFarlane, investigative reporter at NBC-4 Washington, discovered through freedom">freedom">Freedom of Information Act requests, that Department of Homeland Security employees put $30,000 of Starbucks on the cards in 2013. Agency employees spent about $12,000 at one starbucks">Starbucks in Alameda, Calif., and several of those purchases were for just under the $3,000 'micropurchase' threshold, which means they can avoid scrutiny."

And yet the next time conservatives suggest the federal budget can be reduced with no harm to essential, constitutionally-mandated services, democrats">Democrats will howl that there's nothing left to cut.