Criticizes Ron Kind for Taking AIG-Sponsored Trip
Dan Kapanke, Republican candidate for Congress in Wisconsin's Third Congressional District, released documentation to support the charges laid against Ron Kind in the recent ad titled "Stock," which can be viewed on the campaign's homepage. The documentation has been posted on the campaign website under "Kind Watch." In this ad, Kapanke criticizes Ron Kind for receiving a $12,000 exotic European trip paid for in part by American International Group (AIG).
"This is the type of thing that makes people sick," said Dan Kapanke. "Ron Kind used his position as a Congressman to take an all-expense paid trip sponsored by the very people he bailed out with the taxpayers' money."
Records obtained from the U.S. House of Representatives Office of the Clerk show that Ron Kind and a family member took a European trip to Rome, Italy, Geneva, and Switzerland valued at $12,145.52. The trip was paid for by several companies including AIG. AIG was a bailout recipient under the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) which Ron Kind voted for. AIG came under fire when it was learned that the firm used TARP funds to pay for other exotic trips to English hunting lodges, spa treatments in California, golf outings, and banquets for executives.