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Should privately funded travel for members of Congress be banned or limited?

Asked at Massachusetts StreetChad Brown on March 11, 2006

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“I’d say ban it if they’re not using the funding for something that relates to their position.”

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“I think they should ban it, because they’re taking advantage of someone else’s money to accomplish their own goals. That’s abusing their power.”

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“I think it needs to be limited to a case-by-case basis or at least have some set parameters.”

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“I don’t know that it should be. There’s no taxpayer money involved, so as long as it doesn’t interfere with them doing their job, there shouldn’t be any reason to.”


cutny 12 years, 3 months ago

Quite possibly the only thing that Brownback will ever be a leader in.

lbrizen717 12 years, 3 months ago

It should be banned. With the salary we pay these folks they can afford to pay their own way and it would save the owners of congress money that could be passd on to their stockholders.

bearded_gnome 12 years, 3 months ago

seems this is actually a form of speech, and petitioning the government for redress of grievances, i.e. consittutionally protected speech.
yes, some people because of their grouping their money together in interest groups or their personal wealth have bigger voices to speak with. I actually believe the opposite should be the solution: ban absolutely nothing, no gifts, no payment for trips, lobbyists' services, everything is WQ [SORRY MY COMPUTER IS IN A WEIRD MODE] WIDE OPEN.
and, then, mandate complete and very rapid disclosure of everything too.
I personally think that the light shown would do more good than further rules which will just squish the money over to flow in other directions. that's what usually happens, reform passes, then the money flows like water downhill, like with the independent groups who spent money to influence the 2004 national election. [by the way liberal independent groups outspent conservatives like the club for growth and the swiftboat vets for truth, by something like three or four to one].
so, make literally everything legal to give, as long as it is quickly disclosed.

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