American Airlines, CBC, Rangel in Trip Controversy

The Hill has news on questions surrounding a trip taken by Congressional Black Caucus members to the Caribbean and how it was funded.

Meredith McGehee, an ethics expert at the Campaign Legal Center, said the corporate sponsorships, combined with the IRS 990 form showing no money flowing through the foundation to pay for a 2005 trip, raises red flags about whether the foundation is trying to skirt the new ethics rules that Democrats imposed.

“If members of Congress are accepting these financial benefits of housing, food, airplane [travel], the source matters,” McGehee said. “You’re not allowed to let these foundations be conduits for this money. The source of the resources for this travel becomes a critical question.”

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