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NEW DSCC AD: Richard Burr Jetted Around World on Trips Paid For by Special Interests & Left North Carolinians Behind

Senator Burr took 26 special interest-funded trips and then voted against a law to crack down on special interest-funded travel

 

The DSCC released a new ad today featuring the special interest-funded trips Senator Richard Burr has taken over the course of his 22 years in Washington. Burr’s taken 26 extravagant trips around the country and the world, including places like Paris, Barcelona, Prague and Stockholm, all while his special interest friends footed the bill. To make sure he could keep jetting off on all-expense paid luxury vacations, Senator Burr voted against an ethics reform bill that would’ve cracked down on special interest-funded trips.

 

The ad, “Paid For” can be viewed HERE.

 

“When Senator Richard Burr jets off on luxury vacations paid for by his special interest allies, hard-working North Carolina families are the ones left behind,” said Sadie Weiner, DSCC Communications Director. “During his 22 years in Washington, Senator Burr’s proven that he cares more about serving himself than fighting for North Carolinians, and that’s just not right. North Carolina deserves better from its Senator.”

 

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V/O: Richard Burr took a sixteen thousand dollar Christmas trip to Paris paid for by the special interests.

 

GFX: Richard Burr

$16,000 Christmas Trip to Paris

Paid For By The Special Interests

Huffington Post, 10/12/16

 

 

BURR TOOK A $16K TRIP TO PARIS PAID FOR BY SPECIAL INTERESTS

 

Huffington Post: Burr Took “A Weeklong Pre-Christmas Junket To Paris In 1999 That Cost $16,270, Paid For By Time Warner And Trading Technology Firm Instinet.” “What was so special? Free travel, and lots of it. A review of travel records from various sources finds that Burr racked up more than $100,000 in trips for himself and often his wife all around the United States and the world. From 1996 through 2002, Burr, who was then a member of the House of Representatives, accepted four or five special interest-funded trips per year. By far the most expensive were visits to glamor destinations, such as a weeklong pre-Christmas junket to Paris in 1999 that cost $16,270, paid for by Time Warner and trading technology firm Instinet.” [Huffington Post, 10/12/16]

 

·        Huffington Post: Burr’s Trips Were “Special Interest-Funded.”“What was so special? Free travel, and lots of it. A review of travel records from various sources finds that Burr racked up more than $100,000 in trips for himself and often his wife all around the United States and the world. From 1996 through 2002, Burr, who was then a member of the House of Representatives, accepted four or five special interest-funded trips per year. By far the most expensive were visits to glamor destinations, such as a weeklong pre-Christmas junket to Paris in 1999 that cost $16,270, paid for by Time Warner and trading technology firm Instinet.” [Huffington Post,10/12/16]

 

 

V/O: Just one of Richard Burr’s twenty-six special interest trips.

 

GFX: Richard Burr

26 Special Interest Trips

-Huffington Post, 10/12/16

 

V/O: Prague.

 

GFX: Prague

 

V/O: Barcelona

 

GFX: Barcelona

 

V/O: Seville

 

GFX: Seville

 

V/O: Stockholm

 

GFX: Stockholm

 

V/O: Madrid

 

GFX: Madrid

 

V/O: Richard loves Europe.

 

 

 

BURR TOOK 26 SPECIAL INTEREST-FUNDED TRIPS, INCLUDING TO “GLAMOUR DESTINATIONS” SUCH AS PRAGUE, BARCELONA, SEVILLE, STOCKHOLM, AND MADRID

 

Huffington Post: “Burr Accepted 26 Trips Over 11 Years.” “In all, Burr accepted 26 trips over 11 years. The cost was a minimum of $103,000, but the price tags for a half dozen excursions in 1996 and 1997 are no longer available.” [Huffington Post,10/12/16]

 

·        Huffington Post: Burr’s Trips Were “Special Interest-Funded.”“What was so special? Free travel, and lots of it. A review of travel records from various sources finds that Burr racked up more than $100,000 in trips for himself and often his wife all around the United States and the world. From 1996 through 2002, Burr, who was then a member of the House of Representatives, accepted four or five special interest-funded trips per year. By far the most expensive were visits to glamor destinations, such as a weeklong pre-Christmas junket to Paris in 1999 that cost $16,270, paid for by Time Warner and trading technology firm Instinet.” [Huffington Post,10/12/16]

 

Huffington Post: Burr Took Trips To “Glamour Destinations” Such As Paris, France And Barcelona And Seville, Spain. “From 1996 through 2002, Burr, who was then a member of the House of Representatives, accepted four or five special interest-funded trips per year. By far the most expensive were visits to glamor destinations, such as a weeklong pre-Christmas junket to Paris in 1999 that cost $16,270, paid for by Time Warner and trading technology firm Instinet. Burr’s most luxurious provider was Nuclear Energy Institute, which ponied up $18,413 to send Burr and his wife to Paris and Marseilles, France, in 2001. The NEI, among the many energy industry groups that have also been generous to Burr’s campaigns, spent $16,907 to send Burr to Barcelona and Seville, Spain, the next year.” [Huffington Post,10/12/16]

 

Burr Took Trips To Madrid, Prague, And Stockholm. “A close second to NEI was the Ripon Educational Fund. It was known to exploit loopholes that allowed the use of money from lobbyists and corporations to fund joint travel for lobbyists and lawmakers. The Ripon Fund sent Burr and his wife to Prague for a week in 1997, costing $4,800; to Madrid for a week in 1998 for $12,000; and to Stockholm in 1999 for $9,229.” [Huffington Post, 10/12/16]

 

 

V/O: No wonder Richard Burr voted against cracking down on special interest trips.

 

GFX: Richard Burr

Voted Against Cracking Down On Special Interest Trips

Vote 294, 8/2/07

 

 

BURR VOTED AGAINST LOBBYING AND ETHICS LEGISLATION THAT INCLUDED A BAN ON TRAVEL PAID-FOR BY LOBBYISTS

 

Burr Voted Against An Overhaul Of Congressional Lobbying And Ethics Rules For Members And Their Staffs. In August 2007, Burr voted against a: “Reid, D-Nev., motion to concur in the House amendment to the bill that would overhaul congressional lobbying and ethics rules for members and their staffs and require the disclosure of ‘bundled’ campaign contributions that exceed $15,000 in a six-month period. Former senators would have to wait two years before becoming lobbyists. It would require quarterly disclosure reports on lobbying activities and deny congressional pensions to members convicted of certain felonies committed after the date of enactment. It would require senators, candidates for Senate and presidential candidates to pay charter rates for trips on private planes while barring House candidates from accepting trips on private planes. Among changes to House and Senate rules, it would prohibit a member’s staff from having lobbying contact with the member’s spouse and impose new earmark disclosure requirements in the Senate. Civil penalties for failure to comply with lobbying disclosure requirements would be raised to $200,000. It also would bar the Senate from voting on a motion to proceed to a bill unless information about each congressionally directed spending item, limited tax benefit and limited trade benefit is available in a searchable format on the Internet 48 hours before the vote.” The motion was agreed to 83-14. [CQ, 8/2/07; S.1, Vote 294, 8/2/07]

 

&#8226       New York Times: Senate Passed “A Far-Reaching Package Of New Ethics And Lobbying Rules” That Included “Bans On Gifts, Meals And Travel Paid For By Lobbyists.” “The Senate gave final approval Thursday to a far-reaching package of new ethics and lobbying rules, with an overwhelming majority of Republicans and Democrats agreeing to improve policing of the relationship between lawmakers and lobbyists. If President Bush signs the bill into law, members of Congress would face a battery of new restrictions. The legislation, approved by the Senate on a vote of 83 to 14, calls for bans on gifts, meals and travel paid for by lobbyists and makes it more difficult for lawmakers to capitalize quickly on their connections when joining the private sector.” [New York Times,8/3/07]

 

◦         Headline: “Congress Backs Tighter Rules On Lobbying” [New York Times,8/3/07]

 

·        Huffington Post: Legislation Aimed “To Crack Down On Special Interest-Funded Travel And Numerous Other Lobbyist Issues.”“And that leads back to the travel issue. After at first backing a 2007 measure to crack down on special interest-funded travel and numerous other lobbyist abuses, Burr twice voted to block the legislation. His campaign did not respond to a request asking for the senator’s reasoning for flip-flopping on the bill, but he suggested to the Roll Call newspaper at the time that the reforms went too far, saying the bill was ‘poorly put together, and puts members and staff in a vulnerable position that will become a tool for campaign tactics.’ Of the few other senators who opposed the reforms, most, including Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), thought the reforms were too weak.” [Huffington Post,10/12/16]

 

Burr Said The Legislation Was “Poorly Put Together, And Puts Members And Staff In A Vulnerable Position That Will Become A Tool For Campaign Tactics.”“And that leads back to the travel issue. After at first backing a 2007 measure to crack down on special interest-funded travel and numerous other lobbyist abuses, Burr twice voted to block the legislation. His campaign did not respond to a request asking for the senator’s reasoning for flip-flopping on the bill, but he suggested to the Roll Call newspaper at the time that the reforms went too far, saying the bill was ‘poorly put together, and puts members and staff in a vulnerable position that will become a tool for campaign tactics.’ Of the few other senators who opposed the reforms, most, including Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), thought the reforms were too weak.” [Huffington Post,10/12/16]

 

 

V/O: Richard Burr.  Twenty years in Washington and Europe serving himself.

 

GFX: Richard Burr

20 Years in Washington

(and Europe)

Serving Himself

 

 

BURR HAS SERVED IN CONGRESS FOR 21 YEARS

 

Burr Has Served In Congress Since 1995, 21 Years Total.“Burr said that after serving in Congress since 1995 – he spent 10 years in the U.S. House before running for Senate – it will be time for a new generation of leaders to take over. Asked why he’s announcing his plans in the midst of a heated re-election campaign, Burr cited his wife, Brooke.” [Charlotte Observer,7/20/16]

 

 

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