Media Advisory: Investigative Report to be Released June 5: Private Sponsors Spend Millions to Send Congress and Staff around World

Contact: Brad Robideau
American Public Media

651-290-1113
brobideau@americanpublicmedia.org

Media Advisory

Investigative Report to be Released June 5: Private Sponsors Spend Millions to Send Congress and Staff around World

Trips Paid for by Organizations with Legislative Interests on Capitol Hill

WHO: Wendell Rawls, executive director, Center for Public Integrity;
Ellen Shearer, assistant dean, Northwestern University’s Medill School, and Co-director, Medill News Service;
Chris Farrell, economics correspondent, American Public Media’s Marketplace and American RadioWorks
(Others will be available for question and answer session)

WHAT: On Monday, June 5, American Public Media’s Marketplace and American RadioWorks, Northwestern University’s Medill School and the Center for Public Integrity will launch "Power Trips," an extensive investigation of privately sponsored travel by members of Congress and their aides. The findings — based on an analysis of more than 25,000 travel disclosure documents — will reveal that Congress and staff took thousands of trips, worth millions of dollars, to destinations around globe.

WHEN: Monday, June 5, 2006, 11 a.m. EST

WHERE: Jack Morton Auditorium, George Washington University, 805 21st Street, NW, Washington D.C.

A live streaming video feed of the press conference can be found at www.publicintegrity.org

  • Wireless Internet connection will be provided for those who wish to file, blog or post directly from the press conference
  • Coffee and other refreshments will be provided
  • Camera crews are encouraged to set up one hour prior to the news conference

For special accommodations or further information, contact Sam Stein at (202) 481-1225 or at sstein@publicintegrity.org.

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