In a 1985 House inquiry led by Michigan Democrat John Dingell, General Dynamics, at the time one of the nation's largest defense contractors, was investigated for improper use of taxpayer funds. It turned out that General Dynamics executive Alan Lovelace had billed public coffers $155 for the services of a dog kennel for his pooch, Fursten. That wasn't the only frivolous expense. The reason Fursten needed to be boarded in the first place was that Lovelace, his wife and 70 other executives were attending a South Carolina retreat that cost taxpayers $100,000. Lawmakers lashed out at the company for deeming such expenses necessary to help boost "employee morale."