Ross Took Billionaire Funded Trips Overseas, Missing More Than 150 Votes

Ross Took Billionaire Funded Trips Overseas, Missing More Than 150 Votes

Raleigh, NC — Deborah Ross, during her time as State Representative, took multiple billionaire funded trips abroad and in the U.S. that resulted in over 150 missed votes. Ross’ trips to the Middle East, China, and Colorado were paid for by the Aspen Institute, which relies on donations for billionaires to fund its operation. Ross’ preference for global travel over doing the work of the people in her district shows just how irresponsible Ross was during her time in the General Assembly. Whether it’s Ross’ efforts to protect tax credits she personally benefited from or missing votes to travel abroad, Ross left taxpayers in the dark.

Background:

THE ASPEN INSTITUTE FUNDED MULTIPLE TRIPS ROSS TOOK ABROAD

In 2009, Ross Took A $16,753 Trip To China And India Paid For By Aspen Institute

July 31st – August 9th, 2009, Ross Took A $16,753 Trip To China And India For A Rodel Seminar Paid For By Aspen Institute. (Deborah K. Ross, North Carolina State Ethics Commission, 2010 Statement Of Economic Interest, Filed 3/4/10)

·       NOTE: Ross Missed 150 Roll Call Votes Between August 3rd And August 6th While She Was In China And India.  (North Carolina State Legislature, Accessed 10/12/16; GovTrack Website, www.govtrack.us, Accessed 10/12/16)

In 2008, Ross Took A $12,976 Trip To The Middle East Paid For By Aspen Institute

February 23rd – March 2nd, 2008, Ross Took A $12,976 Trip To The Middle East For A Rodel Seminar Paid For By Aspen Institute. (Deborah K. Ross, North Carolina State Ethics Commission, 2009 Statement Of Economic Interest, Filed 4/14/09)

In 2008, Ross Took A $2,700 Trip To Aspen, CO Paid For By Aspen Institute

December 11-15, 2008, Ross Took A $2,700 Trip To Aspen, CO For A Rodel Seminar Paid For By Aspen Institute. (Deborah K. Ross, North Carolina State Ethics Commission, 2009 Statement Of Economic Interest, Filed 4/14/09)

In 2007, Ross Took A $2,848 Trip Paid For By The Aspen Institute

June 21-24, 2007, Ross Took A $2,848 Trip For A Rodel Seminar Paid For By Aspen Institute. (Deborah K. Ross, North Carolina State Ethics Commission, 2008 Statement Of Economic Interest, Filed 2/19/08)

·       NOTE: Ross Missed 11 Roll Call Votes On June 21st. (North Carolina State Legislature Website, www.ncleg.net, Accessed 12/13/15)

In 2006, Ross Took A Trip To Aspen Paid For By The Aspen Institute

In 2006, Ross Had Travel, Lodging And Meals Paid For By The Aspen Institute As Part Of The Rodel Fellowship Program. (Deborah K. Ross, North Carolina State Ethics Commission, 2007 Statement Of Economic Interest, Filed 2/22/07)

THE ASPEN INSTITUTE IS FUNDED BY BILLIONAIRES AND MAJOR CORPORATIONS

Billionaires, Some Who Are Active Politically, Have Donated To The Aspen Institute

In 2015, Renee And Lester Crown (Worth $4.1 Billion) Donated More Than $5,000,000 To The Aspen Institute. (“2015 Annual Report,” Aspen Institute, Accessed 10/12/16)

In 2015, Leonard And Judy Lauder (Worth $9.1 Billion) Donated More Than $5,000,000 To The Aspen Institute. (“2015 Annual Report,” Aspen Institute, Accessed 10/12/16)

In 2015, Margot And Thomas Pritzker (Worth $3.1 Billion) Donated More Than $5,000,000 To The Aspen Institute. (“2015 Annual Report,” Aspen Institute, Accessed 10/12/16)

In 2015, Stewart Resnick (Worth $4.2 Billion) Donated More Than $5,000,000 To The Aspen Institute. (“2015 Annual Report,” Aspen Institute, Accessed 10/12/16)

In 2015, David Rubenstein (Worth $2.4 Billion) Donated More Than $5,000,000 To The Aspen Institute. (“2015 Annual Report,” Aspen Institute, Accessed 10/12/16)

In 2015, Michael Bloomberg (Worth $43.8 Billion) Donated Between $1,000,000 And $5,000,000 To The Aspen Institute. (“2015 Annual Report,” Aspen Institute, Accessed 10/12/16)

In 2015, Cheryl And Sam Wyly (Worth $1.1 Billion) Donated Between $1,000,000 And $5,000,000 To The Aspen Institute. (“2015 Annual Report,” Aspen Institute, Accessed 10/12/16)

Major Corporations – Both Domestic And Foreign – Have Donated To The Aspen Institute

In 2015, Nike Donated Between $250,000 And $1,000,000 To The Aspen Institute.(“2015 Annual Report,” Aspen Institute, Accessed 10/12/16)

In 2015, Bank Of America Donated Between $100,000 And $250,000 To The Aspen Institute. (“2015 Annual Report,” Aspen Institute, Accessed 10/12/16)

In 2015, JP Morgan Chase Donated Between $100,000 And $250,000 To The Aspen Institute. (“2015 Annual Report,” Aspen Institute, Accessed 10/12/16)

In 2015, Target Donated Between $100,000 And $250,000 To The Aspen Institute.(“2015 Annual Report,” Aspen Institute, Accessed 10/12/16)

In 2015, Mars Donated Between $50,000 And $100,000 To The Aspen Institute.(“2015 Annual Report,” Aspen Institute, Accessed 10/12/16)

In 2015, Nomura Securities Donated Between $50,000 And $100,000 To The Aspen Institute. (“2015 Annual Report,” Aspen Institute, Accessed 10/12/16)