Santorum Loves To Fly…Corporate Style

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Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) has co-sponsored a bill along with Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) that would curb the use of corporate jets by politicians. Currently, members of congress can use these jets (which are provided by the likes of Bell South and Wal-Mart among others) as long as they reimburse the company the amount of a first class fare—which is currently $6,995.

 

Good for Santorum right? Well there’s one problem. At times, Santorum uses this perk to fly to and from DC—including traveling to and from fundraisers. What’s worse, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer, between 2004 and 2005, six of Santorum’s ten flights were taken at a time when he was advocating for a bill that would have helped owners of those planes, BellSouth Corp. and UST Public Affairs Inc., a Connecticut smokeless-tobacco company.

 

And just this year, two days before he spoke on the floor of the Senate and said that these flights were a “subsidy,” Santorum was on a private jet being whisked down to a Florida fundraiser with a passenger list that included two aides and Ward White, BellSouth's (and the owner of the plane) top Washington lobbyist.

 

Maybe Santorum should heed the advice of one of his cosponsors on the bill to curb this abuse, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), who said “"If I support such a proposal, I shouldn't be violating it."