By Jim Campbell, Citizen Journalist
Who wouldn’t like to travel by private jet? It’s a treat few of us get to enjoy, including members of Congress. O.K. not the rich ones like Diane Feinstein whose flights pose a number of unanswered questions.
Does she bill the tax payer’s for the cost of the flight which would be substantially higher than commercial flights? Regarding the so-called gifts of travel alluded to below, were the recipients required to pay a gift tax on the amount?
This could be substantial as the reader should not conclude that this was a one time occurrence. Wealthy members of congress seem to play by their own rules, shielded by their own “Ethics” committees.
Which brings to question, with Feinstein’s elitist mentality how can she relate to the needs of middle class Americans, their wants and desires? She can’t and that is why voters have decided to cast their ballot for Elizabeth Emken, a woman with vast experience, in cost controls in Management for IBM, as well as a degree in economics from UCLA along with another in Political Science. Further she pursued her studies in Cambridge on economic issues with China and the Middle East.
In short, Elizabeth is a woman “Of the people” “For the People” and will be elected “By The People,” envisioned by The Founding Fathers.
The June 5th primary election is pivotal, please make sure to vote.
Financial disclosure forms released last year show that Sen. Dianne Feinstein let Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Sen. Barbara Boxer hitch a ride on her private plane after they had trouble booking commercial flights because of a blizzard, reports our colleague Paul Kane. ( No evidence can be found that Feinstein travels to and from CA when conducting business “for the people.”
Since private plane travel inexplicably avoids the TSA, could her recent statement, Sen. Dianne Feinstein lauds “heavy patdowns” be more hypocritical?
Reid and Boxer, according to the disclosure forms, accepted the flight as a gift and valued it at $3,625 after consulting the ethics staff.
“There are personal friendship exceptions for both House and Senate,” said Meredith McGehee, policy director at the Campaign Legal Center. “Is it logical to conclude these three are friends? Yes, I think it is.”
In 2007, Congress tightened the rules on private flights to restrict lobbyists and corporations from dangling free travel at lawmakers, and vice versa — former Illinois senator Alan Dixon was notorious for mooching free corporate flights, said McGehee. “The rules that are in place are meant to ensure that special interests don’t have a leg up.”
But family and longtime friends can still offer a nonstop flight, a treat for most of the millionaires on Capitol Hill.
“Most members of Congress don’t typically own jets or have spouses who own private jets,” said Dave Levinthal, spokesman for the Center for Responsive Politics. “At the very least, it’s quite nice to have friends in Congress who do. Beats the middle seat on a Delta red-eye.” But of course Dianne Feinstein is among the richest members in Congress.
Excerpts from the Washington Post.