Travel in the shadows: House reports omit key spending details

by Jacob Fenton,  Sunlight Foundation

For years, the U.S. House of Representatives has published fewer details about how members spent taxpayer dollars than the law specifies.

Since at least the 1960s, the House has been required to release a periodic, itemized report that names all recipients of House funds, what goods or services they provided and how much they were paid. While current reports often include lump sum payments, or specify only that a credit card bill was paid with no explanation of the expense, reports from the 1980’s included such details as the name of an airline, individual ticket prices, the departing and arriving cities, and even the flight numbers.  Read the entire story.

 

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