July 27, 2016

Congresswoman Lujan Grisham Took Trip Secretly Funded By Azerbaijan State Oil Company

Like Clinton, Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM) has a history of accepting handouts from foreign governments. While Lujan Grisham’s history is not nearly as extensive as Clinton’s, she still has been under fire in the past from ethics officials.In 2013, Congresswoman Lujan Grisham took a trip secretly paid for by a state-owned oil company of Azerbaijan. Significantly, the source of the funding for the congresswoman’s trip was hidden:

“The State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic, known as SOCAR, allegedly funneled $750,000 through nonprofit corporations based in the United States to conceal the source of the funding for the conference in the former Soviet republic, according to the 70-page report by the Office of Congressional Ethics, an independent investigative arm of the House.”

Additionally, Lujan Grisham received a free rug, and when asked why she did not report it she gave her reason as the rug’s unattractiveness:

“Lujan Grisham told ethics investigators that she did not disclose the rugs because she did not think they were particularly valuable. She also thought that they were unattractive. ‘It’s not a carpet I would have purchased,’ the congresswoman said.”