From Canada to Turkey, Germany to Scotland and even Azerbaijan, Georgia elected officials have traveled the globe this summer. But, in nearly every case, voters and taxpayers have no way of knowing who paid, who went along and what the purpose of the trip was.
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How we got this story
A Gold Dome insider alerted a reporter to overseas trips a pair of state lawmakers took. Based on that tip, and a series of interviews and Internet research, the paper learned that several other state leaders made international excursions this summer. Because these types of trips don’t have to be disclosed to the public, there may be others the paper has yet to identify.