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Lois Lerner 'Made Too Much' to Collect Full Bonus in a Single Year

Lerner also laments 'hoi palloi' ruining exclusive neighborhoods in emails

1:43 PM, Jul 31, 2014 • By WHITNEY BLAKE
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Has [sic] work this morning. Got to talk to their internal "spooks." I was going to take the train to windsor Castle, but stuff closes early in winter so it wasn't going to work. Instead, went Hempstead --an Edwardian English village, full of beautiful, huge houses--which have been ruined by letting the hoi paloi [sic] live there! These people have ruined everything with their equality push!

If a disgraced official under a Republican administration had written anything even remotely close to this level of smug elitism, it would have been front page news for days. The Associated Press made no mention of either this or the retention bonus revelation.

One assumes from her statement about working in the morning that Lerner's cultural immersion was funded, at least partially, by taxpayers. And what a whirlwind sightseeing trip it was:

Tonight going to a movie and dinner with [redacted] and her partner. Tomorrow at 8am, I get on a tour bus to go to Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Oxford (or is it CAmbridge?). Figured I may never get the chance otherwise and have Always wanted to see Stonehenge. Then, hopefully a nice dinner and bed to be ready for the trip home.

Alas, even with her generous salary, British prices were beyond Lerner's means. She continued:

Am being good -- no shopping. Everything is super expe nsive [sic] even if the dollar and pound were equal.

Perhaps she should have found out where the "hoi palloi" shop -- or better yet, demanded the rest of her bonus via wire transfer right then and there.

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