Campaign 2010

Jun 28, 2006

The Other Kind of Mogul: Sweeney’s $25,000 Power Authority Ski Trip Under Investigation

DCCC Press

Jun 28, 2006

The Other Kind of Mogul: Sweeney’s $25,000 Power Authority Ski Trip Under Investigation

New York Assembly Investigating Sweeney’s Special Interest Ski Trip After Reports of Questionable Funding for the $25,000 Vacation

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, news reports show that two New York state Assembly committees are looking into Congressman John Sweeney’s ski trip with lobbyists earlier this year. According to these reports, the investigations into Sweeney’s trip will look at whether the New York Power Authority gave $25,000 to sponsor the event. Several Sweeney staffers joined lobbyists and even another member of Congress on the trip known as the “2006 Congressional Winter Challenge at Lake Placid.” A public hearing is scheduled for July 6. In a clear example of how John Sweeney ranks his priorities, this special interest ski trip shows that he clearly puts a good time ahead of the needs of those he represents.

“When John Sweeney went on a $25,000 ski trip with lobbyists and special interests, he gave new meaning to the term ‘snow bank,’” said Bill Burton, communications director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “While New York families are looking for independent leadership, and just a little lift when it comes to help with gas prices or the cost of health care, their representation in Washington is going down hill, in more ways than one. It is time to change the priorities in Washington and this November, voters are going to reject the Sweeney status quo.”

NY Assembly Investigating Sweeney’s Special Interest Ski Trip. According to the Associated Press, two New York State Assembly committees are looking into John Sweeney’s ski trip known as the 2006 Congressional Winter Challenge at Lake Placid. The AP reports that a the investigation will focus on whether New York Power Authority sent $25,000 to the Olympic Regional Development Authority in Lake Placid to sponsor the event that included Sweeney, another member of Congress, several staffers, lobbyists and New York Power Authority officials and guests attended. The two committees investigating the trip are the corporations and authorities committee, and the Energy Committee. The chairmen of those committees will hold a public hearing on July 6. [Associated Press, 6/22/06]