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For example, we found hundreds of dollars spent at Putna ugg boots sale m County Delmonaco winery, including bottles of wines supposedly purchased as gifts as well as rental of the facility marbled meeting space.A credit card receipt from July 2010 shows a DelMonaco purchase for $251 a handwritten note claims it was for a “vintage gift box for golf tournament” although there no proof.But it came the same day Askins was involved in a fundraiser there for Republican candidate for governor Zach Wamp.There was also another event at Delmonaco. Askins paid the caterer $2,800, and UCDD reimbursed her. and 4 H events.””We actually do a lot of work with our 4H students and our FFA students and that was our part of the sponsorship,” she told .But when we went to see the caterer, she told us it was really a fundraiser for then state Rep. Henry Fincher featuring Gov. Phil Bredesen.”There were a roomful of young people, FFA and 4H,” Askins told us.”But this was a political event, ugg boots sale this was a political fundraiser,” we noted.”I not sure if it was a fundraiser or not,” she claimed, “but I do know the governor was there and we had a lot of young people there.”Fincher confirms it was a campaign fundraiser. In fact, he says Askins was one of the organizers.Board chair Mike Foster and vice chair John Pelham insist they never knew about that.”Do you approve of agency funds being used for political fundraisers?” we asked.”No, short answer, no,” Foster said.There also thousands of dollars spent in bars and fancy restaurants, many of the expenditures for trips to conferences attended by board members. The $56 charge is listed on Askins report as “dinner.””Do board members know that agency funds are being used to pay for alcohol?” asked.Askins claims many of alcohol purchases involved not only staff, but also members of the UCDD board, a group of local elected officials who are supposed to oversee the agency.Among the bills: an almost $300 tab at Nashville Flying Saucer. It included two Merlots, nine Crown Royal whiskeys and 13 beers.”I have never seen anybody on this board drinking very much, if any,” Foster said.But Askins has also spent thousands of dollars in agency money bestowing gifts on those board member ugg boots sale s to whom she reports: $2,000 for appreciation gift bags and candles, $1,200 for country hams, even jewelry.”Whatever we paid for, it not out of state or federal money,” she said. “This is money that we generate through projects that we administer.””This is public money,” we noted.”It has nothing to do with taxpayers money or fundraising. We do a lot of fundraising.”There was even a $300 silver tray as a wedding present for John Pelham daughter.”I wasn aware of the cost of that at all,” Pelham said.Did he think it was a personal gift from Ms. Askins?”With all the poor people out there who need help, could this money have been ugg boots sale better spent than buying your daughter a silver tray?” asked Pelham.