Skip to content

Judicial Watch, Inc. is a conservative, non-partisan educational foundation, which promotes transparency, accountability and integrity in government, politics and the law.

Judicial Watch, Inc. is a conservative, non-partisan educational foundation, which promotes transparency, accountability and integrity in government, politics and the law.

Because no one
is above the law!

Donate

Corruption Chronicles

Govt. Spends $700,000 For Lavish Employee Retreat

In the midst of the nation’s dire financial crisis and astounding unemployment rate, the federal government spent $700,000 to treat officials of one struggling agency to a lavish three-day conference at an upscale resort. 

U.S. taxpayers treated hundreds of Social Security Administration employees (and their relatives) to a festive retreat at one of Arizona’s fanciest hotels, the Biltmore Resort & Spa in Phoenix, which is described as a desert jewel with a golf course, dozens of acres of lush gardens and swimming pools. 

Besides the fancy lodging, the getaway included airfare, hotel entertainment, dancers, motivational speakers and food, according to news reports. There was also an evening excursion to a local casino. The agency says such meetings are essential and that the Phoenix jaunt was just one in a series of such regional meetings at an annual cost of more than $1 million.

The purpose of this latest desert oasis getaway, according to Social Security Administration brass, was to master the art of reducing stress due to a growing number of death threats against agency employees. No details were offered on who exactly has threatened their lives, however. 

The retreat outraged several lawmakers, including top members of the House Ways and Means Committee who demanded an explanation for the trip in a letter to Social Security Commissioner Michael Astrue. The federal legislators ask why “At a time when millions of Americans are out of work and having to do more with less,” it decided to put on a taxpayer-funded $700,000 motivational conference at the prestigious Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa.


Related

Minnesota’s “Increase Teachers of Color Act” will Devote Millions to Help Only Racial Minorities

Corruption Chronicles | May 21, 2024
Minnesota may soon pass a discriminatory law called “Increase Teachers of Color Act” that will dedicate millions of dollars to programs that only racial minorities can benefit from...

Trump Trial: The Prosecution Rests, Lawfare at Court, Where’s the Crime?

Investigative Bulletin | May 20, 2024
The Trump prosecution rested its case Monday with a central question unanswered: where’s the crime? Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has been dancing around the question for...

Judicial Watch Sues California to Remove Ineligible Registrants from Voter Rolls

In The News | May 20, 2024
From Breitbart: Judicial Watch, the watchdog organization, is suing California election officials to force them to remove ineligible and inactive registrants from the state’s voter...