Walter Mencken 6:15 p.m., Feb. 28
Yet Another Free Foreign Junket for Susan Davis
She's been forced onto Washington's campaign fundraising circuit after being burned in the Kinde Durkee embezzlement scandal, but that hasn't cramped Democratic congresswoman Susan Davis's chronic world traveling habits.
This time, Davis was off to Barcelona, Spain from September 24 through September 30.
As we've previously reported, Davis is by far the most frequent junketeer of the county's House delegation, both Democrats and Republicans.
Earlier this year, it was Japan just before the big earthquake, thanks to the Japan Center for International Exchange.
Last year it was a jaunt to Tunisia to catch some sun before revolution engulfed the country.
By that time, we'd counted ten free foreign trips for Davis since 2005.
Now the well-traveled San Diego congresswoman has taken advantage of yet another freebie, this one valued at a total of $14,199.48, including $5584.74 each for the transportation costs of Davis and her husband Steve; $1500 for the couple's lodging; and $765 each in meal expenses for Davis and her spouse, who is a physician.
While in Spain, the couple stayed at the posh Palace Hotel while the congresswoman attended a conference entitled "Policy Challenges in the Muslim World," put on by the Aspen Institute, a non-profit think tank.
Topics included "What has been the impact of bin Laden's death on al Quaeda's operational effectiveness?" and, "Do American Islamic terrorists come from a particular cult or mode?"
Letters attached to Davis's travel report show that the MacArthur Foundation; Henry Luce Foundation; and Rockefeller Brothers Fund all put up money for the event, to which a host of other congress members were also invited.
Pictured: Palace Hotel
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- San Diego's freest traveling member of congress on the road, again — Sept. 24, 2013
- House Democrat Susan Davis runs up big free travel tab — Aug. 23, 2012
- Congresswoman from Kensington Borrows Against Her Homes — June 15, 2012
- On the Road Again: Congresswoman Susan Davis Hits Vienna — May 25, 2011