Barney Frank Flying High on your dime

Not only did U.S. Representative Barney Frank keep the Fannie Mae Freddie Mac scam alive. We found out now he is the top frequent-flying Washington, D.C., lawmakers. This of course is trips to special-interest-funded junkets. The Democrat from Massachusetts Barney Frank has been in Congress since 1981. He is the Chairman of the Financial Services Committee. He has flown 92 times since 2000, these trips cost taxpayers a total of $112,000. There was supposed to be a congressional crackdown on these special interest trips. Representative Barney Frank regularly travels to New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and other cities for conferences, frequently paid for by gay and lesbian groups. He also travels annually to Hollywood to appear on the HBO show “Real Time with Bill Maher.” Last year, his two-day trip cost $1,998, which was paid by the show. This year’s trip, which occurred in May, cost $3,129, records show. Members of Congress can accept free travel with approval from ethics officials, but trips with lobbyists are banned. Representative Barney Frank is only tied for the most trips with the late Representative Stephanie Tubbs Jones. So watch out next year we can see without any competition Barney is going to win the gold medal for being the congress frequent flyer miles.

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