Mayor finds silver lining for Las Vegas in GSA scandal

Written By:

Delen Goldberg

Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman downplayed concerns Tuesday that a recent scandal involving the federal General Services Administration is hurting Las Vegas. In fact, the mayor said the spotlight focused here as a result of the investigation was helping the city.

Goodman said the benefit was twofold: National media outlets have come to town to cover the story, giving city officials an opportunity to tout Las Vegas’ attractions; and the spending being condemned by federal officials spreads well beyond Nevada, highlighting the fact that excessive spending can take place anywhere.

Earlier this month, a senior GSA official resigned after a report concluded her agency improperly paid for an “over-the-top” training session in Henderson. The $820,000, 300-person conference at the M Resort featured a mind reader, bicycle giveaways and lavish after-hour receptions for federal workers. Investigators also found that GSA officials took taxpayer-funded trips to Hawaii, Napa Valley and the South Pacific.


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