According to Politico, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California spent $2,993 in taxpayer money on flowers between June and October of this year, in addition to the $30,610 she spent on food and beverages during that same period. What’s more, House Majority Whip James Clyburn of South Carolina spent a touch over $18,000 in food, including $265 for donuts from Chantilly Donuts in Virginia. House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio racked up about $24,617 in food and beverage charges, while Rep. Tim Walz, a Democrat from Minnesota, gave $2,196 in unused office funds back to the government to help reduce the deficit.
In defending the expenditure for flowers, Speaker Pelosi’s office noted about a third of her flower expenses this quarter were for Jack Kemp’s funeral, however spending $2,000 on flowers still seems like a lot.
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