- Associated Press - Thursday, February 18, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia taxpayers will pick up a $2,435 food and drink tab for a luxury box at last month’s Washington Redskins playoff game, even though most of the suite’s unidentified guests attended with no official public purpose, a newspaper reported.

Citing an invoice that divided the tab between the Virginia Economic Development Partnership and the office of Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice A. Jones, the Richmond Times-Dispatch (https://bit.ly/1KqZfum ) reports just four of the 15 attendees in the box for the Jan. 10 game represented businesses considering expansion in Virginia.

Jones had invited the unidentified business leaders to attend the game as a way of promoting Virginia’s economy. The FedEx Field suite was provided by the Redskins.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s office said state funds will be used to pay the bill, at a cost of $162.35 per person.

Brian Coy, a spokesman for McAuliffe, said Wednesday that the refreshments were pre-ordered by officials who were expecting a larger crowd of business prospects.

“None of the food or beverage purchase was intended for anyone but the individuals who were there for economic development purposes,” Coy said.

Responding to a Freedom of Information Act request by the newspaper, the Virginia Economic Development Partnership released a heavily redacted version of the guest list showing the names of just two people: Jones and one of his aides. The state’s Freedom of Information Act allows government agencies to keep the identities of business prospects secret to protect sensitive negotiations.

The economic development partnership will cover the food and drink costs for the four business guests, Jones and his aide, while Jones’ office will pay the expenses for the nine other attendees.

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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, https://www.timesdispatch.com


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