Saturday, March 11, 2006

Brownback leads the pack of lobbyist funded travel

Brownback tops private-paid travel list:
In all, the Kansas Republican took 10 privately funded trips in 2005 worth more than $21,400, a review of Senate records found.

Brownback's travels topped all members of the Kansas delegation in number and cost of the trips. The state's senior senator, Republican Pat Roberts, was second with two trips costing $9,517.

Privately funded travel could be banned or limited under legislation being considered in the wake of the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal, which involved millions of dollars from Abramoff's clients going to win friends and buy influence on Capitol Hill.
I love when moralistic blowhards turn out to be less honest than your average guy.

My theory is that a lot of religious authoritarians feel like they have to force their morality on everyone else because they need to have their morality forced on them, rather than having an organic moral sense. Senator Brownback isn't proving me wrong.

Update: Claude Allen, who recently resigned as a Domestic Policy advisor to the President, is another great example. DarkSyde points out "Allen was a big abstinence only crusader and led several assaults on AIDS service organizations as well." Despite his $161,000 salary (the highest level in the White House, other than elected officials), he was recently arrested for shoplifting:
it was learned that Allen had been receiving refunds in an amount exceeding $5,000 during last year. Some of the fraudulent returns were made at Target stores and some at Hecht’s stores. He would buy items, take them out to his car, and return to the store with the receipt. He would select the same items he had just purchased, and then return them for a refund. Allen is known to have conducted approximately 25 of these types of refunds, having the money credited to his credit cards.
Why, oh why, couldn't he just abstain from stealing?