Ethics Violation? — 5 House Democrats took $60,000 trip to South Africa for Beyoncé concert

BY DEAN DANIELS / FEBRUARY 23, 2019 /

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Five members of the Congressional Black Caucus took a $60,000 trip to see Beyoncé and other stars perform in concert in South Africa late last year, according to congressional disclosure records. The lawmakers in attendance were U.S. Reps. Gregory Meeks of New York, Barbara Lee of California, Bobby Rush of Illinois, Terri Sewell of Alabama and Hank Johnson of Georgia.

They attended the “Global Citizen Mandela 100” concert from Dec. 1-3 to celebrate the centenary birth of the late Nelson Mandela and raise awareness of global poverty. In addition to Beyoncé, other musical acts included her husband Jay Z, Ed Sheeran, Pharrell Williams and Chris Martin. Other celebrities present at the event included Oprah Winfrey and “Daily Show” host Trevor Noah. Additionally, Rev. Al Sharpton also attended the event, and posted on his Twitter page a picture with the five lawmakers:

The article goes on to state the following:

“In the spirit of Nelson Mandela, we pledge to keep working with our colleagues in Congress, across the country and across the aisle, to make sure that every child in Africa and at home has the opportunity to thrive and grow in a safe and prosperous world,” Meeks said, according to a report by the Examiner. “As a Sr. member of the Foreign Affairs Comm[ittee] who understands the importance of both multilateral & bilateral relations on trade & foreign policy, developing that relationship is crucial.”

The trip was paid for by Global Citizen, a nonprofit that lobbies for anti-poverty programs around the world. The group said the presence of members of Congress at the concert would “showcase America’s ongoing commitment [to] health equality and global human rights.”

However, the National Legal and Policy Center, a watchdog group, labeled the trip a “mockery” and that it potentially borders an ethics breach.

“These members of Congress that were given an all-expense paid vacation to party with Oprah, Jay Z, and Beyoncé in South Africa are claiming with a straight face this was needed to help poor children around the world live better lives,” Tom Anderson, president of the NLPC’s Government Integrity Project, told Examiner. “This was in fact, a mockery of House ethics rules on gifts and travel, the truly poor, and all Americans that expect members of Congress to live not only by the letter of the law but by the spirit and intentions of the rules of the House of Representatives.”

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7 Comments

  1. Claire February 23rd, 2019 at 9:59 am

    They will all commit violations because they’ve always gotten away with it!!! Not anymore, clean house

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  2. Audrey February 23rd, 2019 at 10:00 am

    AND ON TAX PAYERS DIME, YHAT IS THEFT!!!!

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  3. Andrea February 23rd, 2019 at 10:07 am

    They are black. They are in Congress. Nothing will happen to them.

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  4. Fu Spin February 23rd, 2019 at 10:12 am

    They’ll get away with it!!! Come on they’re never going to charge them with an ethics violation. It’s bull shit but they’ll get away with it.

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  5. Capit February 23rd, 2019 at 10:19 am

    Time to make examples out these hypocrites and of course Al Sharpton was there, the biggest thief, liar, and tax evader in the country. Fine them all. Johnson should of known better.

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  6. Anita February 23rd, 2019 at 11:24 am

    What do you expect from a liberal black demoncrat. They believe everything should be free to blacks and illegals.

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  7. Gigi February 23rd, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    $60,000 could have helped our homeless living on the streets in the rain, sleet and snow. Waste of time and money to BOGGIE DOWN AND HARTY PARTY.

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