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The VA's costly art collection. Report: $20 Million spent over past decade.
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VA'S COSTLY ART COLLECTION
ABC News- Good Morning America | July 29, 2016
 
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TAX DOLLARS SPENT ON ART DURING VA SCANDAL
ABC World News Tonight: Your Money
Reporter Mary Bruce | July 29, 2016
 
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Yesterday, ABC News showcased our OpenTheBooks oversight report detailing how $20 million was spent on art during the VA scandal. Read our summary here at Forbes, The VA's $20 Million Luxury Art Obsession. 
 
Read the ABC News online summary of how our OpenTheBooks oversight investigation is helping hold the VA accountable and change policies...
 

REPORT: VA SPENT MILLIONS ON COSTLY ART 
AS VETERANS WAITED FOR CARE
By Elizabeth McLaughlin | ABC News | July 29, 2016
 
This week, U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (IL) cited our OpenTheBooks.com oversight reporting and called for an immediate stop to VA art procurement. Sen. Kirk is the Chairman of the Senate subcommittee in charge of VA appropriations. 
 
This morning, RealClearPolicy highlights our findings as we show the VA spending year-by-year on artwork: 
 
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THE VA'S ARTWORK SPENDING SPREE
RealClearPolicy | July 30, 2016
 
Last week, partnering with the COX Media Washington, D.C. investigative reporter Justin Gray, we found Christmas trees priced like cars and sculptures that cost more than five-bedroom homes.

We found that the VA commissioned two sculptures - with a price tag of $670,000 - for a VA center serving veterans who are blind. Yes blind.
 
In May, we found that the VA created 40,000 new positions, but less than one in eleven of those new positions were doctors.  Today, up to 500,000 veterans still wait to see a doctor.
 
Search by work location our OpenTheBooks interactive map of the 354,000 VA employees with name, position, salary and bonus, click here.
 
 
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You now have the tools and data to hold the VA accountable. 
 
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