From Golf Greens To Sin City: DC Mayor's Spending Spree Continues On Your Dime

By Lisa Pelgin | Monday, 20 May 2024 12:00 PM
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Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington DC, along with her delegation, is preparing to embark on a business trip to Las Vegas.

This comes on the heels of the Democratic mayor facing criticism for her taxpayer-funded excursion to the Masters Golf tournament.

The mayor's public calendar outlines her attendance at the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) as part of an "economic mission." The event description reads, "On Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, Mayor Bowser will attend the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) LAS VEGAS to attract retail to the District of Columbia." The Washington, DC Economic Partnership, which has been coordinating the District's presence at ICSC since 2001, is organizing this economic mission.

In a press statement, Bowser's office highlighted the advantages of participating in the ICSC. "We know that Washingtonians in every part of DC want access to fantastic amenities. From the Lidl in Ward 7 to the Wegmans in Ward 3, those are conversations that started at ICSC," stated Bowser. She further added, "Through programs like the Food Access Fund and the Neighborhood Prosperity Fund, we have made good progress in filling amenity gaps, but there is still more to do to ensure greater accessibility and equity – and filling those gaps and supporting the continued transformation of Downtown will be a focus of this trip."

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The conference, taking place at Wynn Las Vegas, will be attended by Bowser and 14 other elected officials and staff members. The elected officials' objectives at the conference include "expanding the Washington, DC brand as a premier business environment and investment opportunity; generating business leads for major development projects and DC’s neighborhood corridors, including Downtown; fostering business relationships and engaging with new prospects including retailers and brokers for later cultivation; and promoting the unique retail and restaurant opportunities in our neighborhoods," as per the press release from Bowser's office.

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This trip follows closely after Bowser faced criticism over the lack of transparency regarding her trip to the Master’s Tournament in Augusta, Georgia last month. Bowser's public schedule indicates that she attended the globally recognized golf tournament "as part of a sports and economic development visit." Her team clarified that a major real estate company that conducts business in DC had extended the invitation to the mayor.

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In response to the criticism, Bowser defended her taxpayer-funded trip to the prestigious tournament, asserting to FOX 5 that they have "tried to be transparent." She stated, "We tried to be transparent, so I don’t know what questions you have that remain. We disclosed – I don’t know what questions you have that remain; we expect an invoice if it hasn’t – we haven’t received it yet from EDENS."

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The mayor estimated the cost of the trip to the Master’s tournament to be between $5,000 and $6,000 per person. However, she did not disclose the projected cost of the upcoming trip to Las Vegas.

Bowser defended her taxpayer-funded trips, asserting that Washington DC is the "sports capital." She said, "Listen, voters have placed their trust in me to make the best decisions for the District for the last 15 years, including three elections as mayor. We made no secret about the fact that we make sports investments. We are the sports capital, and we are going to promote the District in every corner of the world, and that has been my experience as mayor."

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