REPORT: Democrat congress members took $60,000 trip to attend Beyonce concert in South Africa

BY TEAM DML / FEBRUARY 21, 2019 /

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Five members of the Congressional Black Caucus took an official three-day trip to South Africa to be feted as VIPs at a Beyonce and Jay Z concert, according to congressional disclosure records.

The stated purpose of the $60,000 trip in December was to attend the “Global Citizen Mandela 100” concert, the stated purpose of which was to celebrate the centenary of the birth of the late Nelson Mandela and raise awareness of global poverty. The extravaganza was headlined by Beyonce, Jay Z, Ed Sheeran, Pharrell Williams, and Chris Martin.

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Democratic Reps. Gregory Meeks, Barbara Lee, Bobby Rush, Terri Sewell, and Hank Johnson attended the event with VIP backstage passes. Also at the concert was Deborah Birx, U.S. Global AIDS coordinator and special representative for Global Health Diplomacy.

According to disclosure forms, the trip was paid for by the nonprofit group Global Citizen, an organization that lobbies governments to fund anti-poverty programs. The event was co-sponsored by Johnson & Johnson, Coca Cola Africa, CISCO, NedBank, Vodacom, HP, and Microsoft.

The lawmakers, all members of the Congressional Black Caucus, flew business class to Johannesburg, South Africa, for the concert and stayed in a four-star hotel from Dec. 1 to Dec. 3, according to the disclosure records.

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Total airfare per person cost over $10,000, according to Meeks’ disclosure form. When asked to describe on the form why the trip was related to Meeks’ congressional duties, he wrote: “As a Sr. member of the Foreign Affairs Comm who understands the importance of both multilateral & bilateral relations on trade & foreign policy, developing that relationship is crucial.”

The total cost, including airfare, lodging, food and security, was $60,272.

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8 Comments

  1. Candy February 21st, 2019 at 10:56 pm

    If that idiot could even prove he even understood his reasoning that would be one thing BUT whoever wrote that answer should have used smaller words. !

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  2. James Bagwell February 21st, 2019 at 11:00 pm

    One of the reasons for national poverty is leaders wasting money on themselves claiming to care about the impoverished. Bullshit! All you care about is power and money. These leaders deserve the same fate as other tyrannies have received.

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  3. Joanne February 21st, 2019 at 11:02 pm

    They fly to Africa, they must not be too worried about this so called climate change/global warming. If you truly believe in something, you should stay away from doing it. Like flying, drive or be driven. Ride a bike to where you need to go.

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  4. Steve February 22nd, 2019 at 12:17 am

    No wonder nothing gets accomplished by Congress.They are all too busy having a good time or running for President

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  5. DimsAreDespicable February 22nd, 2019 at 1:37 am

    Hmmm…Black caucus. Is there a white caucus? Not racist at all!! Tax cheating Al “bobble head” Sharpton and the corrupt, racist, do-nothings truly think we believe that lying horseshit “reason” to go to a concert and stay in 4-star hotels in another freaking country to see a Satan-worshipping “singer” entertain them. Hmmmm…

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    • Yvette February 22nd, 2019 at 12:29 pm

      I agree! It is a bunch of BS! It’s time we take our country back before there is nothing left to take back!!

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  6. Richard February 22nd, 2019 at 8:04 am

    At least we did not pay for it, it was paid for by the typical liberal lobbyists. If you wonder why nothing gets done in Congress, you may start looking at these companies and organizations, they control the purse strings of the Democrats.
    Each one of them should be bombarded with negative press and bots just like the liberals hit conservatives.

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  7. Jwood1952 February 22nd, 2019 at 11:00 pm

    Should put each one in a room and make them write a 1,000 paper on how their attendance to the event will help reduce Global poverty.

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