The interim director of the alcohol prevention group Project Extra Mile says a state auditor’s critical report was politically motivated.
Diane Riibe says she is not surprised either.
“It’s been earlier this year that we had a public official, the head of the Liquor Control Commission, actually go on air on one of the television stations in Omaha and talk about how his intent was to work with the governor to try to remove all of our funding,” Riibe tells Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN. “That was a pretty public gauntlet thrown.”
Riibe says there are some very unusual allegations in the report, such as a $4,600 dinner that was described in the audit as more entertainment, than business.
“That was a highly technical presentation by an alcohol policy expert. The Power Point that we have from that evening shows it pretty clearly,” Riibe said. “No one would sit through that as entertainment. So, there just are some unusual allegations, I guess.”
“I guess what I can say is that we’re proud of the work that we do,” she says. “I have absolutely no concerns over anything that was raised. Most of the information here is just factually not accurate, and we have to move on and continue focused on our mission.”
Jane Monnich, KLIN, contributed to this story.