Official in Obama's Interior Dept funneled thousands of dollars in grant money to family


A top official in the Obama administration's Interior Department helped facilitate payments of thousands of dollars in federal money to a family member, the department's inspector general said in a report late Tuesday that found clear abuse of the office's grant policies. The inspector general said Richard Ruggiero, who served as international conservation chief with the…

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Another federal agency that shouldn’t even exist. They should give this back to the states. We don’t need an Interior Department for anything. It’s just one big slush fund for Washington cronies to funnel money to their family members. All of government is like that. Waste.


Hope and change that we can believe in.


The inspector general said the case was referred to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of Virginia, which declined to prosecute.


If I walked out of a convenience store with a candy bar…no one would decline to prosecute. Different laws for different people.