$50 Million in Trips for Lawmakers paid for by Private Interests

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    When will we start holding these lawmakers accountable to us instead of the lobyists?
     
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    Look - PLEASE ! Stop your sensless bashing of EVERYTHING replublican -...uh...er...wait.....nevermind.

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    :laugh: Both sides are equally guilty and the average rep. was gone nearly 1 month in 5 years. Considering how many people we're talking about, this is a travesty!
     
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    That article IS a piece of shit though for only highlighting Republican mis-uses.

    AND - there's no telling anything illegal happened; I'm not versed enough in Law to say the congressmen did anything legally wrong, or if any of them were unduly influenced by the trips.
     
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    Yet NO specific Democrats mentioned in the op/ed by Mr. Ridgeway.

    Curious, no?
     
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    Green (D) accepts more than $175K in travel - and is not mentioned in the first article...

    Lugar (R) took $25K LESS in valued travel yet gets his name mentioned FOUR times and warrants a paragraph.

    Got Bias?
     
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    You're correct with that analysis. This gives a more impartial look at what is up:

    http://www.publicintegrity.org/powertrips/report.aspx?aid=799#

     
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    Even if it's not illegal, it points to the problem of elected representatives engaged in activity that is not representative of the priorities of their constituents. Yet another reason why there needs to be term limits.
     
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    To paraphrase Justice Stewart... I may not be well versed in the law when it come to influence peddling and bribery... but I know it when I see it.
     
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    Well, perhaps then there needs to be an investigation into possible influence peddling and bribery.

    Let's see..where can we start? How about those individuals who accepted over $120,000.00 in trips. Of the 25, 17 were Democrats? 68% of the offenders identified were Democrats. (umm..El Dorfo...that is what is called a "MAJORITY")

    I trust you will be up at the front demanding this investigation?
     

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