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Sep 26, 2005

Ney’s Golf Trip Fact vs. Fiction

DCCC Press

Sep 26, 2005

Ney's Golf Trip Fact vs. Fiction

With New Details Emerging Everyday, Congressman Bob Ney’s Famous Trip to Scotland Could Make him Infamous

$100,000 - All expenses paid, lobbyist funded trip to Scotland.

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(Washington, D.C.) – Another day, another excuse from Congressman Bob Ney (R-OH). He is now citing Scottish Parliamentarians who have no record of his visit as the reason for his lobbyist funded golf trip to Scotland. This is a new reason for the trip to go along with all of the different sources of funding for the trip that Ney has cited.

"With all of the different stories that Congressman Bob Ney is using to explain his lobbyist funded golf trip to Scotland, maybe its time he tried the truth," said Bill Burton, communications director for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. "People are sick of the backpedaling, the excuse-making and putting special interests ahead of Ohio families. With each new excuse from Congressman Ney, Ohio families have a new reason to look forward to November 2006."

Bob Ney's Fact vs. Fiction:

Bob Ney has gone through several reasons and several sources of funding for the now famous trip to Scotland with Tom DeLay and indicted and arrested duo Jack Abramoff and David Safavian. The problem, however, is that Ney's reasons don't always synch up with the truth.

Fiction:

Ney Claimed Purpose of Trip Was to Speak to Scottish and British officials. In his official disclosure forms, Ney listed the purpose of the trip was to give a "speech to Scottish Parliamentarians" and to visit the British Parliament.

Fact:

But Officials and Records Show His Account Doesn't Add Up. An external liaison registry of the Scottish Parliament shows that while other members of Congress visited during the same month, Ney is not listed. In addition, a Parliament spokeswoman confirmed that the Parliament was in recess and "there is no way" that he could have addressed the body. [Newsweek, 10/3/05 edition]

Fiction:

Ney Said National Center for Public Policy Research Paid for Scotland Trip But They Deny It. Congressman Bob Ney traveled to the United Kingdom, including Scotland and London, from August 3-9, 2002, lising the National Center for Public Policy Research (NCPPR) as the sponsor. [Member Travel Disclosure Form, 9/3/04]

Fact:

Think Tank Denies Sponsoring Ney Junket. The National Center for Public Policy stated that they "did not sponsor, nor did we pay" for Ney's travels. [Los Angeles Times, 3/9/05]

Ney Went to Scotland with Abramoff and Safavian. Abramoff's Foundation Paid for Chartered Jet. According to records, Jack Abramoff’s Capital Athletic Foundation (CAF) paid for the chartered jet that flew at least six people -- including Abramoff and Ney, former Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed, and then-General Services Administration chief of staff David Safavian to St. Andrews, Scotland and London in August 2002. According to House rules, members of Congress are not allowed to receive trips that are paid for by lobbyists. [Washington Post, 9/28/04]

  • Safavian E-Mail Proves That Lobbyist Paid for Scotland Trip. In an e-mail to a GSA ethics officer Safavian reveals that the airfare for the Scotland trip was to be paid for by the host who was chartering a private jet. Safavian also writes that the host was a lawyer and lobbyist who does his work on Capitol Hill. [Justice Department Affidavit, 9/16/05]

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