09 July 2009

Capito Tops W.Va. Delegation for Privately Funded Trips

U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-2nd, and her office accepted more private funds for travel between 2005 and 2008 than the rest of the state's congressional delegation combined, the Charleston Daily Mail reports.

The article cites a Wall Street Journal review of records amassed by the Center for Responsive Politics.

It lists an adjusted price tag of $16,940 for seven trips by Capito or her staff. Her office disputes an eighth trip, priced at $4,001.

"Following her are the Democrats: Rep. Nick Rahall, seven trips at $5,415; Sen. Robert Byrd, five trips, $7,101; Sen. Jay Rockefeller, one trip, $3,228; and Rep. Alan Mollohan, one trip, $133," the article said.

The article notes that "West Virginia's congressional delegation is nowhere near the top of Capitol Hill's frequent flyers."

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