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    10 members of Congress took trip secretly funded by foreign government

    10 members of Congress took trip secretly funded by foreign government - The Washington Post

    The state-owned oil company of Azerbaijan secretly funded an all-expenses-paid trip to a conference at Baku on the Caspian Sea in 2013 for 10 members of Congress and 32 staff members, according to a confidential ethics report obtained by The Washington Post. Three former top aides to President Obama appeared as speakers at the conference.

    Lawmakers and their staff members received hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of travel expenses, silk scarves, crystal tea sets and Azerbaijani rugs valued at $2,500 to $10,000, according to the ethics report. Airfare for the lawmakers and some of their spouses cost $112,899, travel invoices show.
    From my perspective political corruption in the US is rampant.
    Your thoughts are?
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    Re: 10 members of Congress took trip secretly funded by foreign government

    We really do have the best government money can buy...

    "The lawmakers who took the trip were Reps. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.), Yvette D. Clarke (D-N.Y.), Danny K. Davis (D-Ill.), Rubén Hinojosa (D-Tex.), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Tex.), Leonard Lance (R-N.J.), Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.), Gregory W. Meeks (D-N.Y.), Ted Poe (R-Tex.) and then-Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Tex.).

    Clarke is a member of the Ethics Committee."
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    Re: 10 members of Congress took trip secretly funded by foreign government

    Quote Originally Posted by JANFU View Post
    10 members of Congress took trip secretly funded by foreign government - The Washington Post



    From my perspective political corruption in the US is rampant.
    Your thoughts are?
    Did they invite Sheila Jackson-Lee so they could laugh at her? I really hope she didn't try to convince them that the United States was over 400 years old.

    The State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic, known as SOCAR, allegedly funneled $750,000 through nonprofit corporations based in the United States to conceal the source of the funding for the conference in the former Soviet nation, according to the 70-page report by the Office of Congressional Ethics, an independent investigative arm of the House

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    Re: 10 members of Congress took trip secretly funded by foreign government

    So our government is once again being bribed. This really isnt anything new.

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    Re: 10 members of Congress took trip secretly funded by foreign government

    Quote Originally Posted by JANFU View Post
    10 members of Congress took trip secretly funded by foreign government - The Washington Post



    From my perspective political corruption in the US is rampant.
    Your thoughts are?
    Not only is political corruption rampant but half the damned country wants MORE government.

    I am TOTALLY convinced that the majority of elected officials on both sides of the aisle make their decisions based on:

    1) What is most likely to preserve their position in government
    2) What is most likely to benefit them personally
    3) Who will be impressed with them if they make a given decision

    Doing what is ethical and/or best for the preservation of liberty is a distant 45th or so on the list.

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    Re: 10 members of Congress took trip secretly funded by foreign government

    Quote Originally Posted by JANFU View Post
    10 members of Congress took trip secretly funded by foreign government - The Washington Post



    From my perspective political corruption in the US is rampant.
    Your thoughts are?


    I'd like to have one of those rugs.

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    I'd like to have one of those rugs.
    Get elected and you shall have anything you desire...

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    Re: 10 members of Congress took trip secretly funded by foreign government

    Quote Originally Posted by JANFU View Post
    10 members of Congress took trip secretly funded by foreign government - The Washington Post

    a lot more. The ruling class does what it damn well pleases.



    From my perspective political corruption in the US is rampant.
    Your thoughts are?
    This is a not a partisan issue. However, I predict partisans of both parties will try to make it one. Beyond that, sadly, it doesn't really matter because partisans voted these sumbitches into office and partisans will keep them there. The worst part is Congress knows all too bloody well that they can get away with it and can and will get away with a lot more. The ruling class does what it damn well pleases.










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    Re: 10 members of Congress took trip secretly funded by foreign government

    Quote Originally Posted by PoS View Post
    Get elected and you shall have anything you desire... ;
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    My chances of ever getting one of those rugs is somewhere between slim and none.

    Probably mighty close to none.

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    Re: 10 members of Congress took trip secretly funded by foreign government

    Quote Originally Posted by Risky Thicket View Post
    This is a not a partisan issue. However, I predict partisans of both parties will try to make it one. Beyond that, sadly, it doesn't really matter because partisans voted these sumbitches into office and partisans will keep them there. The worst part is Congress knows all too bloody well that they can get away with it and can and will get away with a lot more. The ruling class does what it damn well pleases.
    No, it's not a partisan issue. The purchase of US Congresscritters appears to have been bi partisan.

    Hey! It's something that the parties seem to agree on! They both agree that bribery by foreign special interests is A- OK!
    "Those were lies, pure and simple."

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