This just looks bad. In an election year where lobbyist corruption and energy policy are hot issues, this might be a twofer for the Ellsworth campaign. As I mentioned a few days ago, House Republican Leader John Boehner came to Evansville to do some fund raising for John Hostettler. Apparently he was provided with a round trip flight to and from Evansville by Vectren, the Indiana/Ohio electric company. According to the Courier Press report, that’s a $1,200 value. Also according to the Courier Press report, under the current ethics rules, Members of Congress are supposed to reimburse companies for these kinds of transportation services, but the rules do not require either the Member or the corporations to report the flights, so there doesn’t seem to be any way to verify how often a Member takes a corporate jet or whether he is reimbursing the company for the service.
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