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Spending in Sin City: D.C. Council members rack up $14,000 bill for taxpayers on Las Vegas trip

A nighttime view of the hotel and casino lights along the Las Vegas strip. (Photo: Associated Press)
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WASHINGTON (WJLA) -  A group of D.C. Council members spent close to $14,000 in taxpayer money on a trip to Las Vegas, according to a Washington Times report.

The group visited Sin City to attend the Global Retail Real Estate Convention, an event that council members have traveled to annually since the Anthony Williams administration. The trip has been a fruitful one in previous years for D.C. politicians, including Mayor Vincent Gray, who convinced Wal-Mart executives to commit to a fifth store, instead of their planned four, during the 2011 convention.

Of the six council members, Ward 7's Yvette Alexander racked up the most expensive individual bill. Including airfare and a four night stay at the MGM Grand, Alexander's expenses totaled $2,919.

Ward 4 council member and Democratic mayoral candidate Muriel Bowser had the priciest hotel of the D.C. contingent with a $424 per night room at the Trump International Hotel for two of her four nights. Her $2,820 overall bill also included a $78 charge for "breakfast food."

At-large council member Anita Bonds' had the cheapest bill of the Council's Vegas visitors. Her two-night stay at Treasure Island Hotel and red-eye flight ran taxpayers just $968.

 

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