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Tue June 14, 2005
Disclosures from Senator Enzi's Trips Panned
Laramie, Wy – Financial disclosure forms submitted by
Senator Mike Enzi's office say that a Washington lobbyist firm reimbursed Enzi for a trip to Cape Cod for an investment conference last summer.
Enzi spokesman Coy Knobel says that the report was probably a mistake.
Knobel says that Enzi's office probably mistakenly wrote in the
name of the lobbyist firm Campbell Crane and Associates. He says it probably should have read the Invest to Compete Alliance. The nonprofit Invest to Compete Alliance is a Campbell Crane client and was the host of the Massachusetts conference.
Knobel says the matter is being looked into.
If Enzi's trip was indeed paid for by a lobbyist, experts say that might have violated Senate rules -- not unlike alleged lobbyist-paid trips by House Majority Leader Tom Delay.
Enzi reported two other trips for which he was reimbursed last year.
One was to Germany to speak at a conference hosted by the German Marshall Fund. The fund was established in honor of the Marshall Plan, the American funding program which helped revive Europe after World War Two.
Enzi also took part in a fishing tournament in Ketchikan, Alaska, that benefited breast cancer research, detection and treatment.
The reimbursed amounts were NOT reported.