Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Durbin discloses he took four free trips

June 15, 2005

Lynn Sweet ~ Chicago Sun-Times

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), once again disclosing more than the rules require, took four trips paid for by outside interests and has assets of about $900,000, according to annual reports released on Tuesday.

Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) requested more time, said spokesman Tommy Vietor. Each year, members of Congress file reports regarding very general information about income, investments, gifts and travel. Durbin, unlike most other officials, provides details. A copy of the report can be found at www.tray.com.

Durbin traveled to Hawaii, Italy, India, Bangladesh and South Africa, according to his report. The non-partisan Aspen Institute paid for two trips and the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations another and the fourth by the taxpayer-funded Democratic Policy Group. These free trips -- not to be confused with official congressional travel -- are the subject of more intense partisan political scrutiny this year.

According to PoliticalMoneyLine, Sen. Paul Sarbanes (D-Md.) took seven free trips last year, followed by Sen. Joseph Biden (D-Del.) with five and Durbin's four. Disclosures of House members become public today.

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I'm sure the Dems will want him tossed in jail just like Tom DeLay..........Right?