Ben Carson's HUD spent $31K on lavish dining set, another $165K on 'lounge furniture'

Secretary Ben Carson reportedly dropped $31,000 worth of federal funds to swap an old table in his Department of Housing and Urban Development suite with posh dining room furniture.

The custom wood table, chairs and hutch were ordered for $31,561 in 2017, The New York Times reported Tuesday, when the housing agency proposed stripping more than $6 billion from its affordable housing budget.

The Baltimore vendor in charge of building the furniture has not yet delivered it to Carson’s office, according to the paper.

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The lavish purchase became a point of contention for HUD’s former chief administrative officer who lodged a whistleblower complaint to claim she was demoted for trying to stop the order.

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Helen Foster, then-HUD’s acting head, claimed she was told to “find money” to cover the cost to redecorate Carson’s office at the request of the cabinet member’s wife, Candy Carson.

Five-thousand dollars was the limit, Foster said.

“$5,000 will not even buy a decent chair,” a HUD employee retorted, the whistleblower alleged.

The agency, she said, skirted around the spending limitation by categorizing it as “a building expense,” rather than a decoration.

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BALTIMORE, MD - AUGUST 12: (JAPAN OUT) (VIDEO CAPTURE) In this image from video Dr. Ben Carson talks about his life and education August 12, 2001 in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Carson was profiled for a CNN program called 'America's Best: Science and Medicine,' for his preeminence in the field of neurosurgery. (Photo by CNN via Getty Images)
Civil Rights activist Rosa Parks, Ben Carson, Ralph Abernathy and Levy Watkins at Johns Hopkins University during a celebration of the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr, Baltimore, Maryland, 1980. (Photo by Afro American Newspapers/Gado/Getty Images)
Darius Rucker, Candy Carson and Dr. Ben Carson M.D., president and co-founder of Carson Scholars Fund (Photo by Louis Myrie/WireImage)
SCOTTSDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 5: Dr. Ben Carson is interviewed during a live streaming Web-A-Thon with Wake Up America September 5, 2014 at the Westin Kierland Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. Carson is a retired neurosurgeon who would run in the 2016 Presidential campaign as a conservative for the Tea Party. (Photo by Laura Segall/Getty Images)
SCOTTSDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 5: Dr. Ben Carson speaks as the keynote speaker at the Wake Up America gala Event September 5, 2014 at the Westin Kierland Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. Carson is a retired neurosurgeon who would run in the 2016 Presidential campaign as a conservative for the Tea Party. (Photo by Laura Segall/Getty Images)
SCOTTSDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 5: Dr. Ben Carson (C) chats with guests after a live streaming Web-A-Thon with Wake Up America September 5, 2014 at the Westin Kierland Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. Carson is a retired neurosurgeon who would run in the 2016 Presidential campaign as a conservative for the Tea Party. (Photo by Laura Segall/Getty Images)
US conservative Ben Carson is surrounded by supporters as he waits to be interviewed at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Maryland, outside Washington,DC on February 26, 2015. AFP PHOTO/NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - FEBRUARY 26: Ben Carson, former neurosurgeon, addresses the 42nd annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) February 26, 2015 in National Harbor, Maryland. Carson is the author of 'One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save Americas Future' and 'America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great'. Conservative activists attended the annual political conference to discuss their agenda. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
US conservative Ben Carson addresses the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Maryland, outside Washington, DC on February 26, 2015. AFP PHOTO/NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 08: Ben Carson attends the National Action Network (NAN) national convention at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel on April 8, 2015 in New York City. The network, founded by the Rev. Al Sharpton in 1991 is hosting various politicians, organizers and religious leaders to talk about the nation's most pressing issues. The conservative Carson is widely rumored to be considering a GOP presidential run in 2016. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - MAY 4: Republican Dr. Ben Carson, a retired pediatric neurosurgeon, speaks as he officially announces his candidacy for President of the United States at the Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts May 4, 2015 in Detroit, Michigan. Carson was scheduled to travel today to Iowa, but changed his plans when his mother became critically ill. He now will be traveling to Dallas instead to be with his mother Sonya. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)
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The Guardian, which first reported on Foster’s missive, reported that another $165,000 was spent on “lounge furniture” from an Indiana company at the Washington headquarters.

A HUD official said “career staffers” were behind the decision to buy the dining set, not Carson.

Foster’s complaint, filed in November, also states she discovered a $10.8 million budget shortfall from “accounting irregularities” in 2016.

Her complaint demands that she receive a public apology for the demotion and that she get her old job back.

The spending fiasco adds to backlash against Carson’s agency for proposing hefty cuts to federal housing programs. The majority of the New York Community Housing Authority’s budget relies on HUD funds.

"We need our federal government to prioritize public housing,” a NYCHA spokeswoman said in a statement after news surfaced of Carson’s new furniture. “Instead we're facing down massive cuts from the Trump administration that would hike rents on our residents and drop the bottom out of the funding we need for maintenance and repairs.” 

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