Banjo Jones points to an analysis of privately sponsored trips taken by members of Congress since 2000. The study was conducted by Marketplace, American RadioWorks, and a team of graduate students from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, and computed the total expenses for privately sponsored trips from public records.
Of local interest, Rep. Gene Green (D) ranked the highest among the Texas Congressional delegation, and third overall.
Chronicle “bad guy” Tom DeLay (R), who was referenced in a house editorial for the second day in a row after a period of seeming neglect, came in at 29th overall.
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D) ranked 162nd.
Rep. John Culberson (R) ranked 515th.
Results for the entire Texas delegation may be found here.