Senator Scott Brown Exposes NOAA’s Illicit $300,000 Party Boat (Video)

Last week, U.S. Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) filed a Freedom of Information Act request for an Inspector General report on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) illicit purchase and use of a $300,000 luxury fishing boat. The request was granted, and Senator Brown spoke from the Senate floor to reveal the numerous abuses detailed in the previously unknown findings of the Inspector General.

The following are the Senator Brown‘s remarks as prepared for delivery on the Senate floor:

Here’s the transcript:

I rise today to inform you and the public of some highly disturbing information that I’ve just learned about a broken agency within our federal government – The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

We all know that Washington doesn’t spend our money wisely. But sometimes it is worth highlighting examples of the corruption and waste.

Yesterday morning, I contacted the Commerce Department Inspector General to request a copy of their report on NOAA’s purchase of a $300,000 luxury boat.

It would be bad enough if they had purchased this boat with taxpayer dollars.

But they didn’t. They paid for it with money that should belong to our struggling fishermen. They paid for it out of the fines that fishermen pay into the pot when they mistakenly catch the wrong kind of fish. Those dollars are supposed to stay in fishing communities to help the fishermen.

Here’s the boat. For a government vessel, that’s pretty flashy. Take a look inside. That’s a fully-appointed bar, the latest in on-board entertainment systems, and leather furniture complete with the ice chest and tackle rack.

Furthermore, the fines that fishermen have been paying are putting fishermen out of business. The stories will break your heart.

Thanks to Ari David

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  • olm

    Redistribution of wealth at its finest.
    Their dirty little secret is that the wealth is not going to the poor and struggling, it is going to the elite in our government.

  • WillofLa

    What is Scott trying to do, get back in good graces with conservatives who put him in office, then turned his back on them and went liberal? Sorry Scott, “Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me.”

  • RL

    > #2 February 20, 2012 at 1:00 pm
    > WillofLa commented:

    What is Scott trying to do, get back in good graces with conservatives…

    Agreed up to a point, but, “Come on, guy” [wee joke], at least he’s saying something about it…Let’s not always kill the messenger….

  • Patty
  • Robert

    Every single Republican Senator and Congressman should do
    one of these exposures of waste, fraud, or abuse in the federal bureacracy.

    That was the clear mandate given to them in 2010, to reign in
    runaway spending, and they have ignored it.

  • Patty

    Taking money from the Fishermen Fund is bad.

    Now, article says this: They paid for it out of the fines that fishermen pay into the pot when they mistakenly catch the wrong kind of fish.

    I suppose to the best of fishermen, this happen on occasion? Fact does remain. Parties are held on these boats. They are used to spy on people, also. This is good of Scott and I am sure he needs to publicity as he is up for re-election. But this story has some questions for me. It really brings to light more each day the terrible corruption in our government.

  • Patty

    #5

    Robert

    Absolutely, they should and what a great thing to do every day but will help their struggling poll numbers which Obama keeps commenting on. Well, his arrogant words about the republicans.

  • Patty

    Of course, Scott is a senator in a majority of Democrats who aren’t doing much these days.

  • madtntaxpayer

    Thank you Senator Brown.

  • Patty

    Federal fish cops in Seattle bought a $300,000 luxury boat to spy on whale-watching tours — but didn’t go through an appropriate bidding process, held barbecues onboard, ferried friends and family across Puget Sound to restaurants and resorts, and used the boat for what one visitor called “a pleasure cruise.” When confronted, one federal employee in Seattle misled inspectors about how the vessel was used, and one interfered with federal investigators, according to an internal investigation by the Commerce Department.

    _________________

    So fees paid for this coming from fisherman fund. The fees were for catching wrong kind of fish? Then the Luxury Boat is supposed to spy on Whale watching Tours? But they decide to party hardy. Strange.

  • Joanne

    OT
    http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/02/20/russian-prime-minister-vladimir-putin-pledges-more-defense-spending/

    Putin vows to spend 770 billion on Russian military, while Obama cuts U.S. military.

  • bman

    Nothing to see here, this boat belongs to Clive Cussler.

  • Rock

    And yet on KOS in a discussion on NOAA and Bambi you find this little gem
    “Do we really want to return to the days when citizens were called subjects and subjected to the wills of the rulers? Whatever you believe DO NOT VOTE IN ANOTHER REPUBLICAN, we’ve been there, done that! If another Republican president from THE PARTY OF NO takes over the helm, brace yourself for a spiral spin downward to a place of no return! Oh, on your way down say BYE Democracy, HELLO Plutocracy/Oligarchy (USA owned & operated by a few rich folks).

    And yet Obama care refers to us as units.
    The Left = evil purist, useful idiots, and gullible fools.

  • bg

    ++

    OT..

    February 20, 2012

    Iran cuts oil exports to Britain, France

    ==

  • BurmaShave

    Some how I am having trouble imagining Elizabeth Warren pursuing this issue.

  • bg

    ++

    us v them

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  • another example of typical behavior by the socialist ruling class. keep concentrating that wealth in the hands of the few politicans.

    nothing will be done about this by people in washington. the politicans have so much of your income that there is no way they came know how the hell it is being spent. but they do know the need more of your income. we must raise taxes.

  • CT

    If only Scott didn’t pull his punches.
    😉

  • John

    “We all know that Washington doesn’t spend our money wisely. They don’t spend it wisely.”

    THEY? Whose this THEY stupid? THEY is YOU you dipstick.

    Everyone that we send to Washington becomes and idiot. He talks about Washington as if he doesn’t have anything to do with what goes on there.

  • bg
  • FU#K OBAMA

    He must be up for Re-Election

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  • dries

    Maybe they sold this catch on black market too?

    http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/man-catches-881-pound-tuna-seized-feds-194650751.html

    “A Massachusetts fisherman pulled in an 881-pound tuna this week only to have the federal authorities take it away. It sounds like a libertarian twist on the classic novella by Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea, but for Carlos Rafael, the saga is completely true.

    Rafael and his crew were using nets to catch bottom-dwellers when they inadvertently snagged the giant tuna. However, federal fishery enforcement agents took control of the behemoth when the boat returned to port. The reason for the seizure was procedural: While Rafael had tuna permits, fishermen are by law only allowed to catch tuna with a rod and reel. (…)A 754-pound tuna recently sold for nearly $396,000. NOAA regulators do not share any of the proceeds from the fish’s eventual sale with a fisherman found in violation of federal rules.”

  • Nancy

    #2 February 20, 2012 at 1:00 pm
    WillofLa commented:

    What is Scott trying to do, get back in good graces with conservatives who put him in office, then turned his back on them and went liberal? Sorry Scott, “Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me.”

    Oh? Would you rather see Democrat (excuse me, Marxist) Elizabeth Warren in his place?

    I’m not thrilled by Scott Brown, but he’s miles above the Democrat candidate. I’m glad Brown brought out this abuse by NOAA. It’s something you would never see brought to our attention by the Democrats, who love to fritter away our money and liberty.

    How does it feel to be Big Government’s ATM machine?

  • twolaneflash

    Well, Senator Brown, you lost the audience when you suggested that those tiny pebbles they possess for hearts could be broken by a sob story about some dumb taxpayer that lost everything to the government. Hell, boy, that’s a Congressional success story: taxpayer bled dry. Next.

  • aprilnovember811

    “I rise today to inform you and the public of some highly disturbing information that I’ve just learned about a broken agency within our federal government – The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).”

    Good grief another one?

  • Michael

    How about an investigation into James Hansen of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies and his connection to NOAA and their manipulation in order to perpetuate the global warming hoax.

  • aprilnovember811

    We need Sarah Palin to clean up this mess.

  • donh

    Scott Brown is now polling ahead of Warren. Thank you Senator Brown, however, this expose rings hollow. Since when has a Republican senator from a deep blue New England state EVER been any help on the matter of cutting government spending abuses ? Seems like all talk…we will embarass you by exposing the corruption to the public , but we won’t really shut your department down or treat a member of the untouchable political class as an embezzler violating their feduciary duties. It won’t stop the abuses and has the effect of rubbing our nosses in the fact people continue to do these things and be rewarded for it.

  • Patriot Act

    It’s gratifying to see waste and fraud exposed like this, but still discouraging when you realize that the $300,000 plus expenses for this boat is but a drop in an ocean of like waste and fraud. I mean, properly done, we could literally cut one MILLION times as much as this from the federal budget ($300 billion) without any actual deserving recipients suffering a dime’s worth of discomfort.

    I think the public and most of our politicians don’t really grasp the magnitude of the numbers involved in this issue. Math just isn’t their strong suit. (When it comes to the politicians, honesty is not, either.)

    Since the Democrats took control of the purse strings in 2007, federal spending has increased by a TRILLION dollars per year. This is a staggering sum of money. Where has it all gone???

    The outrage over this should be about a billion times more, give or take, than what brought about the Boston Tea Party. But thanks to a complicit news media and a left-wing indoctrination system known as our public schools, most of the body politic is simply oblivious.

  • daryl

    Hope we don’t find out our Texas DPS personnell are “partying” on their new boats unless they invite the ‘Zetas’ to the square dance. Texas has six of these craft if what I read about them is correct. Any help the state received from the Feds in funding for them is much appreciated.

    Texas DPS Patrol Boats Armed To The Teeth

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2844899/posts

  • OBAMASLIE

    God, I hate politicians. Getting reelected is ALL they really care about. They are all scum.

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  • DaMav

    Bravo. RINO does a great job. Give Brown his due.

    If they exposed something like this during the Bush Administration the lamestream media would be going nuts. Funny how there has been ~ no coverage at all. How long has that IG report been sitting on reporters desks?

  • Greg

    Darl above points out the Texas Highway dept boats. Each of the Texas Parks and Wildlife offices have received similar 3 300 hp engine patrol boats along the coast. Parks and Wildlife boats look a little more utility but are useless in the inshore waters of the Texas Coast due to shallow drat requirements.

    The tree huggers ought to be really irritated by theses boats as they get about .4 miles per gallon of gas.

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  • bg
  • bg

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    re: #38 February 20, 2012 at 7:07 pmbg

    flashback:

    Plume Find Challenges NOAA White House Gulf Oil Spill Report

    ==

  • midusdew

    where is doj! obviously this is a criminal act!!!

  • man_in_tx

    Nice, head-fake, Scott: We all know you played a role in getting the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Act repealed.

    Compared to the gnat-like NOAA issue you are pushing, the DADT repeal is a very large camel that — if left un-reversed — will undermine our military.

    I am ashamed to say that I donated to your first Senatorial campaign: I think I have now successfully unsubscribed to all your now UNWANTED solicitations for more contributions.

    Please get out of the Senate. Maybe you can make a new career posing for a “gay” magazines (in uniform, no less!).

  • Catch This

    Wait a minute….first he says,”They paid for it out of the fines that fishermen pay into the pot when they mistakenly catch the wrong kind of fish.”

    Then he says,”Those dollars are supposed to stay in fishing communities to help the fishermen.”

    You want to help the fishermen? Stop fining them for catching the “wrong kind” of fish (which is only wrong according to some jackass in the federal government anyway)! Only the Feds would fine a fisherman for catching fish! We live in one seriously screwed up country run by idiots!

  • Richard Aubrey

    So the fishermen who are put out of business become dependent on the government. Isn’t that the plan?

  • SoldiersMom

    Atlas is Shrugging. Ayn Rand’s book is becoming all too real. Where’s John Galt when you need him?

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  • old44

    If they wanted to spy on a whale watching tour, why didn’t they jusy buy a ticket on the tour?

  • Kaehu

    I’m sure they need the boat to do important research on Global Warming.

  • fisherman mad as hell

    this only the beginning!! Noaa has 3 large ships in Newport Oregon which goes out to sea and drags nets to count fish “stocks” these ships bring the catch aboard dead, count them and then push the fish over board!! and yet if you are caught with bye catch they levy huge fine’s on us, most of you people commenting on this! have no clue of what we the commercial fisherman has to go through every day!!!!!!