Tom DeLay’s replacement as House Majority Leader has spent nearly six months on privately-funded trips over the past six years.
According to a new study by the nonpartisan Center for Public Integrity, Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) flew 45 times on corporate jets whose owners had business before Congress.
The Washington Post reports further:
Boehner accepted 42 privately sponsored trips from January 2000 to December 2005. That put him on the road to other countries and “golfing hotspots,” often with his wife, Debbie, for about half a year, “only nine days of which he listed as being ‘at personal expense,’ ” the center said.
However, to travel in the manner of a Fortune 100 CEO, Boehner had to forego earning a bucket of frequent flyer miles with his favorite commercial airlines — a “personal expense” the CPI study doesn’t include.
Remember, those miles aren’t just redeemable for air travel anymore. You can get spa treatments, luggage`– even Starbucks gift cards. That’s not easy to give up!