Mike Pompeo sued for using taxpayer dollars for self-promotion

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Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) files a lawsuit against former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for allegedly using taxpayer dollars for his own benefit.

According to CREW, Pompeo appeared to use the State Department’s taxpayer-funded emergency account, the K Fund, “to throw lavish events” and “boost his own political profile.” CREW is also suing the State Department and its inspector general’s office for hiding K Fund expenditures and records of investigations into Pompeo.

The K Fund, officially known as the Emergencies in the Diplomatic and Consular Service appropriation, is supposed to be “used to meet unforeseen emergency requirements in the conduct of foreign affairs, including evacuations of personnel and their families overseas,” as well as “urgent medical and travel expenses related to natural disasters or terrorist incidents; and other authorized activities that further the realization of foreign policy objectives.”

But Pompeo’s apparent use of the K Fund to throw lavish parties doesn’t seem to fit that intended purpose. Pompeo routinely used the K Fund to bankroll his lavish “Madison Dinners,” a series of extravagant events which he faced investigation for over misuse of funds. The Inspector General looking into Pompeo was fired before he was able to finish his investigation.


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