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Does The U.S. Congress Actually Work?

In the past four and a half years, members of Congress have taken nearly 5,000 trips. The cost of these trips was more than $14 million. And whose paying for it? Corporations and outside interest groups. The abuse of this system and the ethical implications of this are staggering.

This was an impressive investigation by Marketplace, American RadioWorks, and a team of graduate students from Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism, who cataloged every privately sponsored trip taken by members of the House or Senate since 2000. You can find out how much your representative and senators are travelling on corporate America's dime, where they're going, etc... . Some interesting things that come from the study:

All in all, an interesting read and great report.

Posted by Jake on 05/04/05 @ 11:00 AM
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