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Despite a 2007 Congressional ban, Rep. Barney Frank & Rep. John Tierney continue to globe trot with staffers.
The congressional crackdown on special interest junkets hasn’t grounded Bay State Democrats who continue to rack up frequent flier miles with trips around the globe for them and their staff members.
U.S. Rep. John Tierney (D-Salem) had his passport stamped the most, taking a $16,000 trip to Jordan for a conference on Islam in February and a $9,000 jaunt to Paris in August 2008. The tabs for both were paid by the nonpartisan think tank Aspen Institute.
U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Newton), meanwhile, took $6,500 in free trips in 2008, traveling to conferences in New York and Chicago and to Hollywood to appear as a guest on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher.” The show picked up his $1,998 tab.
And staffers to the Bay State delegation jetted off to exotic locales, including Cuba and Turkey and a host of other international spots from Germany to England.