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All the Crazy Things America’s Corrupt Public Officials Bought with Your Money This Year

December 31, 2018

To kick off 2019 in proper fashion, I wrote a rundown of the most shameless political spending schemes exposed last year. Needless to say, they were... ridiculous. From Nashville Mayor Megan Barry’s $100,000 taxpayer-funded extra-marital affair to Ben Carson’s exceptionally expensive taste in dining decor to the Air Force’s embarrassing affinity for high-end drinking vessels and $14,000 toilet seats, scandals were exposed at every level of government and on both ends of the political spectrum in 2018 — proving once again that in a democracy, the people get the government they deserve.