WASHINGTON—The federal program that provides legal help to poor Americans turns away half of its applicants for lack of resources. But that hasn’t stopped its executives from lavishing expensive meals, chauffeur-driven cars and foreign trips on themselves.
Agency documents obtained by The Associated Press detail the luxuries that executives of the Legal Services Corp. have given themselves with federal money ? from $14 “Death by Chocolate” desserts to $400 chauffeured rides to locations within cab distance of their offices.
The government-funded corporation also has a spacious headquarters in Washington’s tony Georgetown district ? with views of the Potomac River and a rent significantly higher than other tenants in the same building.
And board members wrote themselves a policy that doubled the amount they could claim for meals compared with their staff.
The program’s clients were upset when told of the spending.