More Muffins

This is entirely a “told you so” post. But both the hotel and the DoJ have refuted the inanity of the accusation.

The Justice Department says their Inspector General’s conclusion that they paid $16 per muffin at a legal conference in 2009 is, pardon the pun, half baked.

“Under a complete accounting of the services provided for the Executive Office for Immigration Review conference, it is clear that the muffins did not cost $16,” DOJ spokeswoman Gina Talamona said in a statement.

“The abbreviated banquet checks did not reflect all of the food and services provided,” Talamona said in an email to reporters. “The package consisted of food, beverages, staff services and function space, including a 450-seat ballroom and more than a dozen workshop and breakout rooms each of the five days of the conference.”


Those alleged $16 muffins everyone is up in arms about? Turns out they came with fruit and drinks.

Pete Yost of the Associated Press reports that Hilton Worldwide, which manages the Capital Hilton where the 2009 legal conference mentioned in the Justice Department’s Inspector General report took place, says the breakfast “included fresh fruit, coffee, juice, muffins, tax and gratuity, for an inclusive price of $16 per person.”

“Dining receipts are often abbreviated and do not reflect the full pre-contracted menu and service provided, as is the case with recent media reports of breakfast items approved for some government meetings,” Hilton’s statement said.


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  1. Annie R2P

     /  September 25, 2011

    I have a friend who does not work for the DOJ but is frequently at these types of meetings in Washington and elsewhere where they have government and non-government employees. I sent him the first report of the $16 muffin. He laughted and said that he had never eaten a muffin that tasted like a $16 muffin, though he definitely had eaten muffins at conferences before.

    • Charlie

       /  September 25, 2011

      And the coffee isn’t always good, either. Lol.

      OTOH, some outfits put on the dog for a convention/conference and it shows. I figured it was one of those upscale meetin’s.

      • Annie R2P

         /  September 25, 2011

        Sometimes I will meet him when he goes to these meetings, or conferences and the coffee sometimes isn’t bad. I’ll be sleeping late and have him bring me conference coffee up in a to-go cup to help me get my eyes open.

        One place that always has great coffee is the Pacific Northwest. Now, WE KNOW HOW TO DO COFFEE UP HERE!


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