Arlington County Board member Babara Favola, who is running for state Senate this fall, received free trips to Germany and China last year, according to her personal financial disclosure statements.
Favola, who is running in a Democratic primary to replace retiring Sen. Mary Margaret Whipple, reported $6,362.90 in gifts for travel and lodging from the Northern Virginia Regional Commission and the Asian Pacific Economic Council.
The commission paid $3,443 for Favola to go to Germany in December 2010 to learn about “transit best practices.” A year earlier, she went to Germany to learn about alternate energy sources, along with Sharon Bulova, chairwoman of the Fairfax Board of Supervisors, and Scott York, chairman of the Loudoun Board of Supervisors, she said.
“A lot of good things have come out of these trips,’’ Favola said.
The council paid $2,919.90 for a five-day trip to China for Favola to speak about how Arlington landed on a list as one of the world’s top seven intelligent communities .
“These were not junkets,’’ she said. “I worked my tail off.”
The personal financial disclosure statements were made available Monday for most General Assembly candidates in party nomination contests on the Virginia Public Access Project, a non-partisan tracker of money in politics. They had previously been turned in to the clerks of the House or Senate.
Favola faces Jaime Areizaga-Soto, who resigned from the Office of the General Counsel of the U.S. Agency for International Development to run in the district that includes Arlington and parts of Fairfax and Loudoun counties. He reported no gifts, according to the Virginia Public Access Project.