Six US lawmakers, all members of the Congressional Black Caucus, have been caught rubbing shoulders with lobbyists on a trip that violates federal ethics laws, the New York Post reports. Joining them were three New York officials, including the state's governor—who avoided breaking the law by paying his own expenses. The annual conference was sponsored by corporate heavyweights such as Verizon and Citigroup.
Two Congress members—Harlem Rep. Charles Rangel and Caucus chair Carolyn Kilpatrick—said they had filed travel requests to Congress, but the Post found none. New Jersey Rep. Donald Payne filed, but failed to mention the corporate donors. "We are unaware of any corporate sponsors," his spokeswoman said, although company banners hung behind the main podium.