Monday, May 5, 2014

Rep. Richard Bennett's off to the races!

Rep. Richard Bennett (R - Long Beach) spent this weekend at the Kentucky Derby, traveling there via private jet. Like everyone else nowadays, he felt compelled to share this event via social media:

Rep. Bennett, who was named by Speaker Philip Gunn (R - Clinton) to chair the House Gaming Committee, was perhaps concerned about the backlash, as he removed the above picture from his Facebook feed.

No worries, though, as a friend of the blog happened to grab this screenshot before it was removed.  Digging around a bit, it turns out that the private jet is registered to "RA Aviation", which is the shell company for Roy Anderson Construction's travel needs. (Note the Reichold Road address on the FAA website and the SOS filings.)

Now, the contribution limits for corporations are $1,000.00 per year.  How many of you think RA Aviation made Rep. Bennett pay his own way?  And how many of you think it cost less than $1,000.00 to fly Rep. Bennett up to Louisville for the Derby?

I wonder if Rep. Bennett was given free lodging?  Perhaps free meals and drinks?  What about money with which to gamble?  I'm sure the PEER committee will ask those questions.  Oh, wait a minute.  Rep. Bennett's ON THE PEER COMMITTEE.

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