Jim DeMint

Cobbling Together a Cliff Coalition

GOP leadership united on fiscal cliff deal despite conservative complaints, aides say

Negotiations over the so-called fiscal cliff entered a critical stage this week as the outlines of a potential compromise began to materialize.

Brand USA Scandal Deepens

Govt. subsidized corporation had no clear mission, audit finds

KTS Business Consulting's recent audit of Brand USA—the government-subsidized corporation created by Congress to promote United States tourism that has been dogged by allegations of cronyism and waste—obtained by the Free Beacon shows a company without vision, motivation, or oversight.

The Crony Cliff

Risk of cronyism, corruption in fiscal cliff negotiations

Some see a danger of political cronyism and corruption arising from the back room deal underway as Congress negotiates with the White House to avoid the fiscal cliff.

Brand Exodus

Second Brand USA exec leaves company on heels of Senate report

Another top executive has departed from Brand USA, a public-private corporation founded to promote U.S. tourism, in the wake of a congressional report detailing what its authors call waste and cronyism.


Report: Taxpayer-funded tourism board filled with waste, cronyism

The federal government’s latest taxpayer-funded effort to promote U.S. tourism is dogged by lavish spending, cronyism, and questionable accounting, according to a report released Thursday by two U.S. Senators.

Tarnished Brand

CEO of Obama Tourism Board Steps Down Ahead of Report Exposing Lavish Dance Parties, Tickets to Nationals Games, Free Rides on Amtrak

The partially taxpayer-funded corporation to promote tourism, Brand USA, has released an overdue annual report detailing lavish parties for some of the nation’s top tourism executives.

Senators Call for Probe of Brand USA

Federal funds may have been wasted on vacations, parties for Democratic donors

Several Republican Senators are launching a probe into Brand USA, a public-private corporation established by Congress to promote U.S. tourism accused by critics of being a slush-fund for Democratic boosters.