All Expense Paid Trips For Legislators Legal To Accept Because Group Is Nonprofit

Feb 19, 2014

Several Oklahoma legislators accepted expenses-paid trips to Miami and Las Vegas from a group that wants to change the way the country elects a president. But because the travel was sponsored by a nonprofit group, rather than traditional lobbyists, there's no requirement for the lawmakers to publicly disclose the trips.

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The nonprofit group FairVote extended invitations to legislators to attend seminars to learn more about the National Popular Vote proposal. Another one is set for next month in St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

One House member and two state senators told The Associated Press they were among the Oklahoma legislators who attended the seminars. All three said the trips didn't influence their position on the bill, which passed the Senate last week.


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