Magazine article Common Cause Magazine

Energy on Tour

Magazine article Common Cause Magazine

Energy on Tour

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Energy Secretary Hazel O'Leary may have provided Democrats and Republicans with an example of unnecessary government spending they can actually agree on: T-shirts featuring a globe encircled by the words "O'Leary's World Tour."

According to Brett Coulson, an aide to Rep. Martin Hoke (R-Ohio), the T-shirts were to have been printed at taxpayer expense and then distributed to O'Leary's traveling companions, both government employees and captains of American industry. An Energy Department employee created the design last summer, but the project was called off after news of the T-shirts leaked out.

But, thanks to Hoke, it's still a sore subject in the secretary's office.

And the T-shirt design is the least of O'Leary's problems. House Republicans, led by Hoke, launched a full-scale investigation of the secretary's apparent wanderlust and her penchant for traveling in style. O'Leary has taken more than 100 foreign and domestic trips, and on three of her trade missions she used a luxury charter j et once favored by rock star Madonna. O'Leary spent a whopping $2.6 million on her missions to China, Pakistan, India and South Africa; to cover the cost the Department of Energy (DOE) shifted funding from one account to another. She's also traveled to Paris, St. Petersburg, Vienna and Florence.

A U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO) report issued last December--requested, incidentally, by Hoke--found that DOE officials had no records for some $80,000 of DOE's $730,000 in expenditures for the India trip. …

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