To nobody’s surprise, yesterday the Center for Public Integrity released a report saying that, according to the Washington Post,
“Over the past eight years, Federal Communications Commission officials have taken 2,500 business trips to global tourist spots, most of which were paid for by the media and telecommunications companies the agency oversees.”
Predictably, the FCC defends the trips, saying that their travel budget otherwise is insufficient to send those officials where they need to go.
On the other hand, I would be perfectly happy to have the FCC stay in DC and have industry types come to them. Or, even better, I’d have them stay in DC and not meet with industry types at all, if that’s the way it has to be.
Yes, that’s our FCC, bought and paid for by the communications industry, damn whatever the public thinks.