Congressmen Get Free Travel to Parts of the Ottoman Empire
Posted at 11:40 a.m. on June 17, 2013
Five members of Congress traveled to Istanbul, Turkey, and Baku, Azerbaijan, for a free weeklong trip at the end of May. The Turquoise Council of Americans and Eurasians paid for the free trips of Rep. Ruben Hinojosa, D-Texas, and spouse ($19,962); Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas ($13,431); and freshman Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Okla. ($14,173). Rep. Danny K. Davis, D-Ill., and his spouse went on the trip and the expenses ($24,084) were paid by the Turkish American Federation of Midwest (TAFM). Rep. Leonard Lance, R-N.J., ($9,799) also went on the trip and his expenses ($9,799) were paid by the Council of Turkic American Associations (CTAA).
Rep. Robert B. Aderholt, R-Ala., and his spouse had a free ($14,725) trip to Albania, Kosova, and Macedonia on 5/23-30, paid for by the Fellowship Foundation (d.b.a. International Foundation).
Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., traveled to Oradea, Romania from May 23 to May 27 on a free ($10,091) trip paid by Emanuel University of Oradea.
Update 6/17: Make that six members going to Turkey and Azerbaijan. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-N.M., reported she and her fiance, Manuel Cordova, joined the free trip ($12,692.).
Update 6/20: Make that seven members going to Turkey an Azerbaijan. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee , D-Texas, reported she also went on the trip ($12,034).
Update 6/24: Make that eight members going to Turkey and Azerbaijan. Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, has just reported he also went on the trip ($13,431).