Kolbe took nearly $40K in free trips since summer

PlaneFrom the Arizona Daily Star:

[Jim] Kolbe, a Tucson Republican who announced his retirement plans a year ago, reported visiting Turkey, Italy, Poland, England, Canada, Spain and Belgium since June — all on the dime of private groups including the Aspen Institute and the German Marshall Fund.

Privately sponsored travel is supposed to be for official business, said Massie Ritsch, spokesman for the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. When he knows hes not going to do official business, it raises the question why he needed to take these trips. He wont be able to apply the knowledge from these trips in Congress, because he wont be there.

Applying knowledge? O ho! We do that all the time, dont we?

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