Rep Henry Waxman (D-CA) released the report showing 125 trips to 300 locations.
All this cost taxpayers around $1.5 million dollars.
He also shows that the taxpayer funded trips suddenly spiked in 2004 -- in trips to battleground states (see chart).
- October, 2004: $50,290 to charter a private jet to travel from Philadelphia to Seattle to Kansas City for Education Secretary Rodney Paige
- September, 2004: $11,678 to fly Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman to Spencer, Iowa, where she attended the Clay County Fair
- August-October, 2004: $41,471 for three multi-state tours by EPA Administrator Michael Leavitt