Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Mt. Obama??? Yep, Mt Obama

Foreign governments typically can't pay for lawmakers to fly overseas - it's against the law in most circumstances. But one member of Congress, Rep. Yvette Clark (D-N.Y.), recently discovered another way to visit a luxury resort in a Caribbean country apparently courtesy of the government there.

Clarke disclosed that she was visiting Antigua and Barbuda and paid by the New York-based PM Group, otherwise known as the Portfolio Marketing Group, to attend the renaming ceremony for the country's highest peak to be Mount Obama. But in the forms filled out as part of the new House requirements for privately financed travel, the PM Group disclosed a representative of the Antigua and Barbuda government as a person to contact about the trip. Perhaps not surprisingly, the PM Group's web site shows Antigua and Barbuda to be a client.

So did the government of Antigua and Barbuda actually sponsor the trip?