Lobbyists Still Underwriting Congressional Junkets
Lawmakers bending the rules? What else would we expect from the new aristocracy?
From the NY Times:
Seizing on the loopholes, lobbyists and the companies that employ them are still underwriting trips by dozens of members of Congress, particularly those in the House, the Times review shows. The companies finance much of this travel indirectly, getting around the spirit of the rules by giving money to nonprofits, some of which seem to exist largely to sponsor trips. In fact, the rules may have had the unexpected effect of obscuring who is actually paying for a lawmaker’s junket.
Read the rest here: Ethics Rules for Congress Curb but Don’t End Trips