Power Trips

Published — June 12, 2006 Updated — May 19, 2014 at 12:19 pm ET

Reactions and responses

Introduction

The Center’s Power Trips project has sparked feedback and reaction. Below is a selection of the comments and questions.

June 12, 2006 – Reform groups including the Campaign Legal Center, Democracy 21, the League of Women Voters, Public Citizen and U.S. PIRG cited the Power Tripsproject in a letter to the House Ethics Committee complaining about the proposed new travel rules and calling for an end to abuses of privately sponsored travel. The letter said: “Our organizations strongly urge the House Ethics Committee not to establish a system of pre-approval for privately funded travel by Members, and in particular with the most powerful members of the House.” Read the full letter on Democracy21.org.

June 12, 2006 – Power Trips has inspired a flurry of editorials about privately sponsored travel in Congress. Here is a partial list: The New York Times, The Washington Post,The Boston Herald, The Denver Post, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, The New York Sun.

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