Saudi Arabia peddling influence in U.S. CongressSeptember 1, 2014
Somehow this one slipped by us last year. In case you missed it too, the Washington Post did an expose in 2013 about international trips by Congressional staffers paid for by foreign governments.
The #3 sponsor of these junkets is, according to data the Post compiled from 2006 to 2011, is Saudi Arabia. Vox.com recently put the information into this map:
Rest assured, these staffers aren’t receiving a fair and balanced view of the two-headed Saudi-Wahhabi royalist theocracy while they’re there.
If there’s a valid fact-finding or diplomatic mission, then let the staffers file expense reports with our government as they would for any other official business. If there’s no official business, travel there during your own vacation time on your own dime.
Saudi Arabia wouldn’t be spending this money if it didn’t think it was getting something in return.