As the music elite graced the red carpet at this past Sundays Grammy Awards, two people stood out. Debbie Wasserman Shultz and Shelia Jackson Lee took time to mingle with the stars, but people are asking who paid for their trip.
According to BizPac Review, Wasserman Shultz’s communications director Sean Bartlett told the Sun Sentinel in an email that the trip used campaign funds and not federal money. He added that the trip was all in the name of research.
“[Wasserman Schultz] was in Los Angeles to attend a series of official and political events during Grammys weekend and at the Grammys, where she joined her colleagues on both sides of the aisle in learning more about pressing issues before the music industry as Congress prepares to take up related legislation.”
Shiela Jackson Lee, however, said in a vaguely nebulous way that she paid for her trip to the Grammys out of her own pocket. Houston-based reporter Andy Cerota caught up with Jackson Lee and asked her about her trip, and specifically who paid for it.
“I let my staff, they handle all of my information, and I let my staff handle it, and I will address the question,” she said.
But one of Jackson Lee’s staff members told KPRC2 that the congresswoman paid for the trip out of her own pocket.