One second per day for a 2-months in Asia.
One second per day for a 2-months in Asia.
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Compare and contrast this to President Obama’s fake-scandalous not-$200 trillion trip to India.
Rep. Joe Wilson will be investigated for “possible abuse of taxpayer-funded expense money during his travel abroad.” This would be the same Joe Wilson who got busted for violating ethics rules for interrupting President Obama with his famous “You lie!” bellow during the president’s address to Congress.
This would also be the same the man who posted, Stand With Us and Demand an Audit of Stimulus Funds. Isn’t he funny?
Since Wilson joined Congress in a December 2001 special election, his official travel abroad on 30 trips has cost taxpayers about $100,000 all told in itemized expenses, including roughly $38,000 in per diem money intended to cover only meals and lodging.
That total puts Wilson at No. 29 in itemized overseas travel costs among the 435 members of the House and at No. 39 among 730 members who’ve served since 1994, according to data published in the Congressional Record, the official proceedings of the House and Senate, and analyzed by Congressional Quarterly, a private publishing firm.
However, because most of Wilson’s trips have been to visit U.S. troops around the world, they’ve entailed significant costs beyond that $100,000, including large sums in non-itemized, taxpayer-covered transport on U.S. Air Force planes.
Hey Joe: You fry!
Mark the C Streeter skates after pleading no contest to ethics charges. However, I wonder what will eventually come of Rachel Maddow’s investigations into the suspiciously low rent he paid to live there.
As for the Appalachian Trail hike trip to Argentina sexcapades, he’s home free:
South Carolina’s Attorney General has decided that Gov. Mark Sanford will not face criminal charges following an investigation into his travel and campaign expenses.
The A.G. said he didn’t “knowingly, willfully, and intentionally set out to break state law”. He did, however, knowingly, willfully, and intentionally set out to break his family member’s hearts.
But on Monday, McMaster said the ethics violations did not rise to the level of criminal conduct. The law, he said, “requires a much higher standard before criminal prosecution is warranted.”
This gave Sanford the opportunity to use the word “stalwart”:
He said McMaster’s decision reaffirms his belief that the Sanford administration has always “been a stalwart defender of the taxpayer. “
Said the man who could very well be residing in a building owned by a group that shouldn’t have tax exempt status and treats their favorite members of Congress to cut rates.
Via a Yahoo e-mail alert:
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) SC gov will plead no contest to ethics charges, pay $74,000 in fines over travel, spending.
That’s all I have. Details coming.
All my previous posts on the Sanford scandals here.
UPDATE via another alert:
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) Judge finalizes divorce of SC Gov. Mark Sanford, ending his 20-year marriage to wife Jenny.
A new poll of Cuban Americans shows a strong majority favor allowing all Americans to travel to the island, a major shift from a 2002 survey that showed only a minority supporting the change, the Bendixen & Associates polling firm reported Tuesday.
Executive Vice President Fernand Amandi said he was surprised by the magnitude of the swing in just seven years — from 46 percent in favor in 2002 to 59 percent in the Sept. 24-26 survey. Only 29 percent were opposed in the new survey, compared to 47 percent in 2002.
A campaign to allow all Americans to travel to Cuba has become a key Washington battle ground this year for those who favor and oppose easing U.S. sanctions on the island. Permitting such travel would allow U.S. tourists to visit Cuba. Only Cuban Americans are now allowed virtually unrestricted travel to the island.
At least three bills lifting all restrictions on travel are now before Congress — two in the House and one in the Senate. While most analysts believe the House may well approve some version of the measure, they say it will have little chance of gaining Senate approval because of opposition from Sen. Bob Menendez, a powerful Democrat.
Amandi noted that the results of the September poll should disarm the argument that the travel restrictions on Americans cannot be eased because of the political power of Cuban Americans who oppose it. “This removes the final fig leaf for why the time has not come to change policy — that Cuban Americans were opposed,” he said.
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