WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A $50,000 trip to Australia. That's apparently one of the perks of being a Congressman.
Rep. Mike McIntyre, who will retire after this term, took a trip earlier this year paid for by lobbyists. The tour of Adelaide, Australia, McIntyre took with his wife Denise, topped the list of most expensive privately-paid trips ever. The total cost for their one-week stay was $49,635, according to multiple Congressional watchdogs.
WWAY asked McIntyre about the trip. In a statement his office said: "This trip was not at taxpayer expense. The House Ethics Committee specifically approved the purpose of this trip which was to address America's alliances in the Pacific."
The trip was paid for by the Defense Teaming Center, a defense industry non-profit.