The Massachusetts inspector general on Thursday released a report on spending by Evan Dobelle when he was president at Westfield State University. He was forced out of office in November amid reports of excessive spending, which he said was related to his efforts to raise money. But the new report questions those claims, The Republican reported. For example, in 2010, he spent 17 days at the Bohemian Grove camp (an all-male social club in California), claiming the time there as a fund-raising trip. But auditors could find no evidence that he met with any potential donors. During his six-year presidency, Dobelle spent six months in San Francisco, the report found, and much of that time overlapped with Bohemian Grove activities. The report also notes that Dobelle brought family and friends on a 2013 trip to Cuba with the university's baseball team. Since travel to Cuba is highly regulated by U.S. authorities and the trip was limited to those there in an official capacity, the report said, Dobelle told family members and friends to say that they were adjunct faculty members or assistant coaches. Dobelle and his lawyer did not respond to requests for comment.
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