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Last November, the Justice Department’s inspector general released a report condemning a division of the US Marshals Service for spending nearly $800,000 on promotional items, otherwise known as “swag.” We now have full, itemized list of the USMS’ “swag” expenditures, and it’s nearly $2 million dollars in tchotchkes.
Starting last month, Muckrock launched its Vanity Plate Rejection Project by putting out FOIA requests on rejected vanity license plate applications to DMVs across the country. Several agencies have since responded with long lists of all the weird, embarrassing, confusing, and perverted things people have actually tried—and failed—to display on their cars. Hopefully these selections will give you pause the next time you consider having anything but random letters and numbers stamped on your license plate.
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|Communications regarding the firing of the Parks Department Director||Payment Required||County Executive||Milwaukee County, WI|
|List of all rejected personalized Georgia license plates in 2013||Completed||Department of Revenue - Motor Vehicle Division||Georgia|
|Dolphins and Navy Marine Mammal Program||No Responsive Documents||Department of the Navy, Naval Operations||United States of America|
|List of all rejected personalized New Mexico license plates in 2013||No Responsive Documents||Motor Vehicle Division||New Mexico|
|Communications between Gogebic Taconite and DNR employees||Completed||Department of Natural Resources||Wisconsin|