What were they doing there and who paid for it? A non profit off shoot of American Israel Public Affairs Committee, which is a powerful Washington group paid for it. Even though after the Abramoff scandal, these Congressional trips paid for by outside groups has actually increased since 2007, to more than 1,600 from about 1,300, according to Legistorm, a research group that tracks Congressional data. To comply with the new restrictions, many political and lobbying groups have turned to nonprofit groups they set up and finance to host the Congressional trips.Silliness aside, we need to address the REAL issue here - not that GOPers were naked in the 'sacred lake,' but what they were doing in Israel, and who was paying for it.
Anyone interested in those MEANINGFUL questions?
Among the donors who have helped to finance the trips is Sheldon Adelson, the casino magnate who is a strong Israel supporter and has pledged to spend as much as $100 million to defeat President Obama. A charitable trust operated by Mr. Adelson and his wife gave $1.2 million in 2006 to the American Israel Education Foundation, records show.
Many republicans and democrats go on these paid trips to Israel. Mr. Cantor has been there 5 times since 2003.