Tax dollars spent on campy videos


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Updated: 7/09/2013 10:01 am Published: 7/08/2013 4:11 pm


Your tax money, spent on campy videos.

A review by FOX23's Scott MacFarlane found federal government agencies fleecing taxpayers for "films."

Spoof movies shown inside government offices, but being financed out of your pocket.

Despite a backlog of claims from needy veterans and staggering healthcare costs.

The U.S. Veteran's Affairs department spent tens of thousands of dollars filming a spoof of the movie "Patton" to share with employees who attended a 2011 conference in Orlando.

A video by employees of the U.S. General Services Administration was just unearthed in recent days, by a conservative watchdog group called Judicial Watch,

It's a campy rendition of the movie "Rocky," an amateur in-house video for an employee town hall meeting

They also did a rap video and a version of jeopardy.

"They're a waste of time. They're obviously stupid. These are high level government officials doing these videos. These are officials being paid the most in our government," said Tom Fitton, with Judicial Watch.

A spokesman for the agency's new director said these were produced in 2011, before the director took over.

He asked internal agency investigators to review them, saying the videos were produced during a period with a "pattern of misjudgment"

The Internal Revenue Service is also taking heat for spending $50,000 in tax dollars for a video spoof of "Star Trek" and a line dance as part of $4 million dollar conference in Anaheim.

For which one agency executive has to answer in front of Congress.

The VA and the General Services Administration have issued statements saying they've cracked down on these types of videos and expenses.

The Obama administration issued an executive order to reduce employee conference expenses government-wide.


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