By TER Staff
The Enterprise Report has learned that Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's recent sponsor paid trip to South Africa was funded by a non-profit organization in Washington DC, with direct ties to AEG owner Philip Anschutz and his Anschutz Company, the owner of the LA Staples Center.
The Mayor's connection to the non-profit Washington, DC based "Academy of Achievement" and the fact that the group paid for the Mayor's bill for the trip to South Africa was first revealed on the blog of KTLA-TV's Eric Spillman.
Mayor Villaraigosa had previously attended similar conferences put on by the same non-profit organization in Hawaii in 2008 and Los Angeles in 2006.
The operators of "The Academy of Achievement", Catherine and Wayne Reynolds, are currently under IRS and Congressional investigation for providing lavish perks, including worldwide private jet service to a slew of political luminaries via another of their charities called "EduCap" according to CBS News.
The Enterprise Report attempted to reach the "Academy of Achievement" in Washington, DC and the Mayor's press spokesman Matt Szabo here in Los Angeles for comment, our calls were not returned prior to publication of this story.