BY PAUL BARTON
Enquirer Washington bureau
WASHINGTON - The issue of private interests paying for congressional travel arose again last week when it was disclosed that dozens of members of Congress and their staffs spent the weekend of Feb. 14-16 at a lavish golf resort near Scottsdale, Ariz.
The host for the weekend was the Tobacco Institute, which was having a legislative conference.
Among Cincinnati-area members, Rep. John Boehner, R-West Chester, attended with his top aide, Barry Jackson. Mr. Boehner was a speaker at the event.
Mr. Boehner's office said the stop was part of a swing through Western states to raise money for GOP members.
A spokesman added that his costs at Scottsdale would be covered by campaign funds or personal funds. Mr. Jackson's costs would be paid for partly by the Tobacco Institute and partly out of his own funds.
Members have 30 days to file trip reports after they take them.