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Resource ID: #22933
Subject: Politicians
Source: American Radioworks (NPR)
Date: 06/05/2006; 06/26/2006



An investigation of public documents revealed that members of Congress and their staffs accepted "more that 23,000 all-expenses-paid trips worth almost $50 million from January 2000 through mid-2005." The investigation, which also included helping put together a database of documents detailing these congressional trips paid for by special interests, found "more than 90 trips sponsored by lobbyists and others paid for by registered foreign agents." There were also a series of trips taken to a $1,000 per night fishing lodge in Alaska, with then-Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert one of those who took such a trip. These were sponsored by a charity funded by oil and gas executives.

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