What do poker chips, golf towels and teddy bears have in common?
After the Justice Department inspector general released a report last November criticizing the Marshals Service for spending nearly $800,000 on such items, MuckRock's Shawn Musgrave filed a federal Freedom of Information Act request.
The 173 pages of documents show a full itemized list of the Marshals Service's "swag" purchases before agency reforms around 2011 — that's nearly $2 million spent by the agency's national office and 90 of its 94 district offices nationwide.
The Nebraska office, for example, spent more than $1,200 over three years on golf balls, golf towels and divot tools featuring the Marshals Service's insignia or name.
Three branches of the Marshals Service in Texas spent a combined $133,000 on t-shirts, ties, pillows and Christmas ornaments between 2009 and 2012, the documents show.
In Massachusetts, more than $3,000 went to yo-yos, mini footballs, mini soccer balls and stress balls shaped like police cars.
The swag — known as "gifts" to GAO — existed to "promote reciprocal respect, goodwill, and cooperation between a federal agency and its state or local level counterparts."