SOURCE: Judicial Watch

Judicial Watch

January 28, 2010 12:37 ET

Judicial Watch Uncovers New Documents Detailing Pelosi's Use of Air Force Aircraft

House Speaker's Military Travel Cost the United States Air Force $2,100,744.59 Over a Two-Year Period, Including $101,429 for In-Flight Expenses

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - January 28, 2010) - Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that it has obtained documents from the Air Force detailing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's use of United States Air Force aircraft for Congressional Delegations (CODELS). According to the documents obtained by Judicial Watch through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the Speaker's military travel cost the United States Air Force $2,100,744.59 over a two-year period -- $101,429.14 of which was for in-flight expenses, including food and alcohol. The following are highlights from the recent release of about 2,000 documents:

--  Speaker Pelosi used Air Force aircraft to travel back to her district
    at an average cost of $28,210.51 per flight.  The average cost of an
    international CODEL is $228,563.33.  Of the 103 Pelosi-led congressional
    delegations (CODEL), 31 trips included members of the House Speaker's
    family.
    
--  One CODEL traveling from Washington, DC, through Tel Aviv, Israel to
    Baghdad, Iraq May 15-20, 2008, "to discuss matters of mutual concern with
    government leaders" included members of Congress and their spouses and cost
    $17,931 per hour in air craft alone.  Purchases for the CODEL included:
    Johnny Walker Red scotch, Grey Goose vodka, E&J brandy, Bailey's Irish
    Crème, Maker's Mark whiskey, Courvoisier cognac, Bacardi Light rum, Jim
    Beam whiskey, Beefeater gin, Dewars scotch, Bombay Sapphire gin, Jack
    Daniels whiskey, Corona beer and several bottles of wine.
    
--  According to a "Memo for Record" from a March 29 - April 7, 2007,
    CODEL that involved a stop in Israel, "CODEL could only bring Kosher items
    into the Hotel.  Kosher alcohol for mixing beverages in the Delegation room
    was purchased on the local economy i.e. Bourbon, Whiskey, Scotch, Vodka,
    Gin, Triple Sec, Tequila, etc."
    
--  The Department of Defense advanced a CODEL of 56 members of Congress
    and staff $60,000 to travel to Louisiana and Mississippi July 19-22, 2008,
    to "view flood relief advances from Hurricane Katrina."  The three-day trip
    cost the U.S. Air Force $65,505.46, exceeding authorized funding by
    $5,505.46.
    

"Speaker Pelosi has a history of wasting taxpayer funds with her boorish demands for military travel. And these documents suggest the Speaker's congressional delegations are more about partying than anything else," said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.

Judicial Watch previously obtained internal DOD email correspondence detailing attempts by DOD staff to accommodate Pelosi's numerous requests for military escorts and military aircraft as well as the speaker's last minute cancellations and changes.

Visit www.JudicialWatch.org to view all documents related to Nancy Pelosi's requests for military travel.

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