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San Diego Democratic congresswoman Susan Davis, who last summer was ranked by a database maintained by Washington-based Legistorm.com as the 17th biggest spending congressional free traveler, including both the House and Senate, has taken off again, this time on a nine-day, $17,096 jaunt with her husband, retired Kensington physician Steve Davis, to Bangalore and New Delhi, India.

As previously reported, over the years the widely wandering representative has turned up in a dazzling array of luxury locales, including a swanky resort on the beach near Tunis, Tunisia (before the revolution):

Since 2005, Davis, often accompanied by her husband, has junketed to Dublin, Ireland (U.S.-Russia-Europe relations, $8746); Punta Mita, Mexico (U.S. policy in Latin America, $7305); Montego Bay, Jamaica (U.S. education reform, $5853); Kraków, Poland (U.S.-Russia-Europe relations, $8166); San Juan, Puerto Rico (No Child Left Behind, $7036); Shanghai, China (U.S.-China relations, $25,068); Ljubljana, Slovenia (Political Islam, $7172); Rome, Italy (Political Islam: Challenges for U.S. Policy, $14,280); Dubrovnik, Croatia (Political Islam: Policy Challenges for the New Administration, $11,058); and Banff, Canada (U.S. education standards and public policy, $6000), all paid for by Aspen. The $5985 tab for a jaunt to Tel Aviv, Israel, last November was picked up by the Brookings Institution’s Saban Center.

Much of the Davis's free travel, including their latest excursion to India, has been donated by Aspen Institute, a D.C.-based think tank backed by various corporate interests, including Microsoft, Pepsico, Levi Strauss, Duke Energy, and Credit Suisse, according to the non-profit's website. The Ford and MacArthur foundations have also kicked in.

Such was the case with this year's trip to India from February 16 through 25, according to Davis's post-travel disclosure report, posted online by Legistorm.

As her justification for taking the junket, officially entitled "South Asia: Policy Challenges for the U.S.," Davis wrote, "as a member of the Committee on Education and Workforce, and the Armed Services Committee, I will be able to participate in discussion with experts in foreign policy in education in regards to technology and biotechnology."

The San Diego Democrat was among 20 House members invited along on the excursion, which according to the itinerary included a tour of a General Electric facility:

Bangalore is the Silicon Valley of India, and a leading center of innovation. Information technology and biotechnology are two major sectors of 21st century development that have taken place here over the last two decades.

The GE Innovation Center exemplifies this trend. We will visit their research center and learn about creative approaches to modern challenges that have implications for the U.S. and the world.

According to the disclosure, the couple flew business class and stayed at the Taj West End hotel in Bangalore and the Imperial in New Delhi.

Next to the Golf Club and across from the Turf Club track stands The Taj West End, a lush, 20-acre garden in the middle of Bangalore, a bustling city. Noted as a Leading Hotel of the World, The Taj West End is a sanctuary for today's discerning business traveler...

For the leisure seeker, there is plenty to do. Sip drinks under a 125-years old Banyan tree. Laze in the sun. Linger over high tea and let us demonstrate that even though the old days certainly had plenty going for them, the present is even better.

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monaghan May 7, 2013 @ 1:10 p.m.

Fortunately, corporate money is paying for these fabulous vacations. That way, any quid pro quo voting by Rep. Davis can be easily tracked.

But being ranked #17 on a list of 435 representatives in Congress who travel on someone else's dime is getting close to embarrassing -- or maybe she's just getting ready to retire.


Founder May 7, 2013 @ 4:29 p.m.

I bet Todd Gloria is counting the days until he can take over when Susan retires....


HonestGovernment May 7, 2013 @ 4:41 p.m.

Hey, I was gonna say that! And you are correcto-mundo. Hot-to-trot-Todd, at last, getting out of his 200-sq-ft home.


Visduh May 7, 2013 @ 7:48 p.m.

Her conduct would be considered disgraceful if she were a member of the GOP. Oh, there would already be two dozen comments denouncing her as a sell-out to corporate interests and the whole spiel. But since she's a Dem, there are few and mild comments about her. If one wants to go look at her record, starting as a member of the school board, you'll find that she enjoys spending money, whether her husband's, that of the taxpayers, or that of her favor extenders. It's called being a hypocrite, a phony, and a political opportunist. But voting for someone like her is typical of her district and its subcultures.


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