Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO) and her husband “took an all-expenses paid trip to Santa Barbara, Calif., in January for the official business purpose of ‘spiritual self-reflection.’” The $1,100 trip was paid for by the Fetzer Institute, whose stated mission is “to foster awareness of the power of love and forgiveness.”
2,154: The number of flights on chartered corporate jets taken by federal officials over the last five years, at a cost of $3.7 million.
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’ written answers to questions about the Bush administration’s eavesdropping program may require him to testify a second time before the Senate Judiciary Committee because Chairman Arlen Specter contends there is a suggestion that “there are other classified intelligence programs that are currently under way.”
A powerful, well-connected food industry lobby is attempting to eradicate over 200 state food-safety laws. Among the lobbyists are Abigail Blunt, wife of Rep. Roy Blunt (R-MO); Brad Card, brother of White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card; and former staffers of Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH). Speak out here. Read more