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Pelosi’s Air Force Travel – One Big Party

A press release from Judicial Watch:

Judicial Watch Uncovers New Documents Detailing Pelosi’s Use of Air Force Aircraft

Washington, DC — January 28, 2010

Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that it has obtained documents from the Air Force detailing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s use of United States Air Force aircraft for Congressional Delegations (CODELs).

According to the documents, obtained by Judicial Watch through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the Speaker’s military travel cost the United States Air Force $2,100,744.59 over a two-year period — $101,429.14 of which was for in-flight expenses, including food and alcohol.

One can feed a lot of hungry children for $2,100,745.

The following are highlights from the recent release of about 2,000 documents:

* Speaker Pelosi used Air Force aircraft to travel back to her district at an average cost of $28,210.51 per flight. The average cost of an international CODEL is $228,563.33. Of the 103 Pelosi-led congressional delegations (CODEL), 31 trips included members of the House Speaker’s family.

* One CODEL traveling from Washington, DC, through Tel Aviv, Israel to Baghdad, Iraq May 15-20, 2008, “to discuss matters of mutual concern with government leaders” included members of Congress and their spouses and cost $17,931 per hour in aircraft alone. Purchases for the CODEL included: Johnny Walker Red scotch, Grey Goose vodka, E&J brandy, Bailey’s Irish Crème, Maker’s Mark whiskey, Courvoisier cognac, Bacardi Light rum, Jim Beam whiskey, Beefeater gin, Dewars scotch, Bombay Sapphire gin, Jack Daniels whiskey, Corona beer and several bottles of wine.

No wonder Ms. Pelosi pronounced that the war in Iraq was lost. Her discussions in Baghdad must have been just one big hangover.

* According to a “Memo for Record” from a March 29—April 7, 2007, CODEL that involved a stop in Israel, “CODEL could only bring Kosher items into the Hotel. Kosher alcohol for mixing beverages in the Delegation room was purchased on the local economy i.e. Bourbon, Whiskey, Scotch, Vodka, Gin, Triple Sec, Tequila, etc.”

* The Department of Defense advanced a CODEL of 56 members of Congress and staff $60,000 to travel to Louisiana and Mississippi July 19-22, 2008, to “view flood relief advances from Hurricane Katrina.” The three-day trip cost the U.S. Air Force $65,505.46, exceeding authorized funding by $5,505.46.

We suspect that this $66,000 dollars spent on air travel would have bought a lot of relief for those long suffering victims of Hurricane Katrina.

And do we even want to imagine the uproar such an expenditure by President Bush, post Katrina, would have caused in our watchdog media?

“Speaker Pelosi has a history of wasting taxpayer funds with her boorish demands for military travel. And these documents suggest the Speaker’s congressional delegations are more about partying than anything else,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.

Judicial Watch previously obtained internal DOD email correspondence detailing attempts by DOD staff to accommodate Pelosi’s numerous requests for military escorts and military aircraft as well as the speaker’s last minute cancellations and changes.

And this report does not even address the carbon footprints for these trips. Which, as far as we know, have not be offset with any carbon credit purchases.

Still, who are we to question the behavior of our betters?

By the way, isn’t CODEL (coddle) the perfect acronym for these junkets?

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, February 1st, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Pelosi’s Air Force Travel – One Big Party”

  1. proreason says:

    When you are a member of the Aristocracy, different rules apply.

    Charles I, Louis XVI, the Romanoffs and Julias Caesar also reveled in the natural perquisites of the royal class.

    Like their conspicuous consumption, we peasants find Nancy’s and the Obamy’s little luxuries to be a thrilling distraction from our own hard-scrabble lives.

  2. LewWaters says:

    Would it be inappropriate to remind America, “We Told You So?”

    Just another example of the Democrats Two America’s, them and the rest of us “po’ Fok”

    Meanwhile, as we unemployed and struggling Americans foot the bill for their luxuries, their many millions sit somewhere earning more interest in a day than many of us ever see on a paycheck.

  3. tranquil.night says:

    Makes me wonder when she isn’t hammered. All of the leftist elite for that matter; I’d wager that alcohol is the least of it. Why would publicly moralless liars have any reason to behave differently in private?

  4. U NO HOO says:

    CON-Del would be (more?) appropriate.

    Like Confidence Game Delegates.

  5. mr_bill says:

    I remember the left having an absolute fit and initiating an ethics investigation against Gov. Palin for bringing her children on official trips with her. Where is the left’s outrage for Pelosi?

    • JohnMG says:

      …..”Speaker Pelosi used Air Force aircraft to travel back to her district at an average cost of $28,210.51 per flight”……..

      Why didn’t she just hop on her broom?


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