Uncle Sam buys guns, booze, live animals and space vehicles

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

State Department spending records show that the State Department spent $443,914,384 toward a wide variety of items. Some of the more unusual or unexpected expenses are below. See interactive graphic.

  • $4,423,187 for chemical analysis instruments
  • $3,463,199 for men’s outerwear
  • $3,063,669 in newspapers and periodicals
  • $2,025,334 in unmanned aircraft
  • $1,811,959 in live animals not raised for food
  • $1,761,026 in personal armor
  • $1,734,593 in air purification equipment
  • $835,184 in night-vision equipment
  • $708,981 in ground-effect vehicles, which Wikipedia says are “designed to attain sustained flight over a level surface (usually over the sea)”
  • $707,153 for credit reporting agencies
  • $484,449 for tactical sets, kits and outfits
  • $393,960 for iron and steel scrap
  • $193,225 in power-driven hand tools
  • $175,080 in recreational and gymnastic equipment
  • $171,853 in guns, through 30mm
  • $65,003 in musical instruments
  • $55,611 in microfilm, processed
  • $35,837 in space vehicles
  • $33,947 in alcoholic beverages
  • $26,811 in other cryptologic equipment and components
  • $10,582 in toiletry paper products
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