Unanswered Questions About Rehberg’s Taxpayer-Funded Expenses in Kazakhstan

Eight years ago this week, Congressman Dennis Rehberg was still recuperating after an embarrassing fall following a night of drinking and debauchery in the Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.  Nice.

There have been plenty of news stories about the infamous trip by Rehberg and Senator Conrad Burns.  But several questions are still begging to be answered all these years later.

Look closely at public documents recapping the cost of Rehberg’s taxpayer-funded vacation in Kazakhstan, and you’ll find that Rehberg spent more than twice what Burns did.  According to the paper trail, both Rehberg and Burns went to and returned from Kazakhstan via Ireland courtesy the U.S. military.

Rehberg spent $981 in Ireland ($654 on the way to Kazakhstan and $327 on his way home), and another $875 in Kazakhstan, for a grand total of $1,856 in taxpayer money.  And that doesn’t include the cost of Air Force travel.

But similar records show Burns and his staffer, Michael Rawson, each spent only $406.50 in Ireland ($249.50 on their way to Kazakhstan and $157 on their way home), and another $410 in Kazakhstan. Their total was only $816.50 each—less than half of what Rehberg spent.

So why did Dennis Rehberg spend more than twice what Burns spent in the Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan?  Where are the detailed expense reports? Those are good questions that probably ought to be asked of him.  Must have been one heck of a party.


12 Comments on "Unanswered Questions About Rehberg’s Taxpayer-Funded Expenses in Kazakhstan"

  1. Drunks for Denny | June 4, 2012 3:31 PM at 3:31 PM |

    “So why did Dennis Rehberg spend more than twice what Burns spent in the Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan?”


  2. You had me at the Borat photo shop.

  3. Spending small is more proof that Burns was losing his mojo.

  4. If I had an all expenses paid ‘vaca’ I might spend large too. The question is why were they there in the first place?

  5. Rehberg was the original scandal. He’s General Services Administration plus Secret Service combined.

  6. All of this means nothing if Tester keeps running self destructive ads like his latest two. Sitting with his wife at the table talking about how they care about what the future generations will be left with when most Montanan’s blame him for putting their future at risk with his votes for stimulus spending and then the wounded veteran ad where the theme is about him not doing it front of cameras so it wouldn’t look like he was using the solider as a campaign prop and then he uses the solider as a campaign prop in his ad. Somebody needs to ask Jon if his campaign staff is working for him or Rehburg.

    • You are obviously a Republicant just trying to stir up crap about Tester. Both of these issues were dealt with already on this Blog. This is apparently the only way Rehberp can win – attempting to smear Tester as much as he can with lies and misrepresentation. He certainly can’t win on his record…

      • No Name –

        The fake reporter at the Watchdog tried to claim that Tester’s people were recording that visit. As you can see here:


        “However, Tester’s people caught some of the visits on camera. The ad features four different pictures of Tester spending time with Corbett in the hospital and in what appears to be a rehabilitation facility.”

        But the actual reporters at the Missoulian found that was not the case:

        The Marine’s mother was angry that no one from Montana’s Congressional delegation had come to visit her son, who was staying at a hospital near Congress. She wrote to Baucus, Rehberg, and Tester, but only Tester showed up. It was his mom who took the footage of the visit. This Marine’s mom said she learned that when she called Senator Tester, “he’d get things done, not just for us, but for other military families in the same situation.” She and her son appreciated his help and wanted to support his re-election. That’s their right–to support whichever candidates they choose.


        “The only one present at the meetings with a camera has been [the mMarine’s mother] Lisa, and it was the images and video taken by Parker’s mother that are used in the campaign ad, including pictures of the Marine and senator shaking hands in Parker’s Bethesda hospital room, and the two visiting in the new wheelchair-accessible addition built for Parker at the family home in Ronan.”

  7. I don’t understand why Denny is leading in the polls. Thanks for the great blog. I just discovered it. :)

    • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | September 29, 2012 6:30 PM at 6:30 PM |

      You see, Butt, on this blog, we ask no quarter nor do we GIVE any! Thas why the inbreds hate it so. They’re used to wussie lefties! If you notice, they rarely show up here. If they can’t screen their calls, they wet down both legs! And when you think about it, that’s just real sad!

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