Part 1: The Lobbyist
Public documents show that from 2000 through mid-2005, Capitol Hill staffers accepted nearly 17,000 free trips worth almost $30 million. Many of these trips clearly violate ethics rules designed to limit the abuse of power.
See where your representatives and staff are traveling.
Congressional Staffers was produced for Marketplace by American RadioWorks, the documentary unit of American Public Media in cooperation with The Center for Public Integrity and Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.
Congressional Staffers is the latest installment of Power Trips investigative reporting begun in 2004.
Power Trips and Lobbyists Loophole put the spotlight on the little known loophole that allows members of Congress to accept travel from educational organizations and non-profits, even those run by powerful DC lobbyists.
Pombo in the Gray revealed that in at least one case, a U.S. Representative broke the law by accepting international travel paid for by a private foundation.
Chilled Travel examined the drop in travel following the first Power Trips report.