Site tracks lawmakers’ privately sponsored travel

How much money did your senators and representatives take for travel from private organizations? An American Public Media site, Power Trips, has the data. Here is the site’s introduction:

“Reforms in recent years have made many of the lush perks once enjoyed by Congress disappear. But not all, certainly not travel. That’s the conclusion of an investigation by Marketplace, American RadioWorks, and a team of graduate students from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, who cataloged every privately sponsored trip taken by members of the House or Senate since 2000. The result: Over $14 million spent by corporations, universities, and other outside interests, sending representatives around the world, for sometimes questionable reasons.”

Search the data by name or state for particular members of Congress. Also, read reports on who in Congress accepted the most travel money and what organization spent the most.