Monday, December 07, 2009

Mr. Sensenbrenner traveling in Europe on lobbyist dime.

From: Rules for Congress Curb but Don’t End Junkets - NYTimes.com


Nice to know Mr. Sensenbrenner doesn't have to pay to travel in Europe anymore...

Some morsels:
Representative F. James Sensenbrenner Jr., a Wisconsin Republican, toured a prince’s vineyard and castle in Liechtenstein and spent an afternoon at a ski resort in the Alps — all at the expense of a group of European companies.
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While lobbyists are not supposed to pay for a lawmaker’s travel, for example, Mr. Sensenbrenner’s $14,708 trip to Liechtenstein and Germany in 2009 was organized by a nonprofit group whose president is a lobbyist. It was underwritten by European companies that, in many cases, lobby in the United States.
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When Mr. Sensenbrenner and Representative Tom Price, Republican of Georgia, traveled to Liechtenstein in February to learn about its banking system, they attended business meetings. But they and their wives also visited the Malbun ski resort, stayed at a first-class hotel and toured the wine cellar at the prince of Liechtenstein’s historic vineyard, according to their itinerary.

The cost of the trip — $14,708 for Mr. Sensenbrenner and his wife alone — was picked up by a nonprofit group called the International Management and Development Institute. Just since 2005, International Management has paid for 34 trips to Europe for lawmakers and staff members, totaling more than $400,000, including five for Mr. Sensenbrenner to Germany, Liechtenstein, Norway and France.
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“Many organizations that are seeking to educate Congressional leaders on a range of topics receive money from a variety of sources to better enable them to do so, without any cost to taxpayers,” Wendy Riemann, a spokeswoman for Mr. Sensenbrenner, said in a written statement.

Ain't that nice. Some of us had to pay for our own education.

Good thing we can all be sure that the $14,708 won't have any effect on the vote of someone as wealthy as Mr. Sensenbrenner.

3 comments:

Kevin Scheunemann said...

Is this better or worse than the 1200 limos and 147 private planes at the global warming spiritual and faith summit in Copenhagen?

That's 1 big alleged carbon footprint.

While Jim traveling on lobbyist dime is amusing, the global warming hypocrisy is the most interesting European issue this week...Why do you miss something so obvious?

Is your liberal faith blinding you?

Anonymous said...

kevin,

dont be deluded by your awe of this meeting of the minds, this confluence of global thinkers and movers and shakers.

the technique of using the systems faculties (1200 limos and 147 private planes) against said system is a classic guerrilla warfare technique, like what happened on 9/11.

Kevin Scheunemann said...

Anonymous,

..."guerrilla warfare" against whom?