The Environmental Protection Agency spent nearly $40,000 on a portrait of Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, while a painting of Air Force Secretary Michael B. Donley will cost $41,200, according to federal purchasing records. The price tag for a 3-by-4-foot oil portrait of Agriculture Department Secretary Thomas J. Vilsack: $22,500.
All told, the government has paid out at least $180,000 for official portraits since last year, according to a review by The Washington Times of spending records at federal agencies and military offices across government.
This is not a Dem or Repub thing... they all do it.
I get that it's a tradition that has been being done for ages, but that doesn't mean it's wise to do...
$40,000 for a portrait??? Take a damn picture, blow it up and frame it. It'll last just as long, and surely won't cost that much.