Thursday, October 26, 2006

Private Jets for Bush Appointees -- You Pay

An analysis shows Bush administration honchos taking flights on private jets and helicopters at taxpayer expense.

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).

Some specifics:
  • 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
Administrator Leavitt may hold the record for taxpayer funded trips. The study found he made 19 trips to 100 cities aboard private jets at a cost of $726,048.


    Matthew C. Keegan said...

    Unfortunately, both political parties are experts at greasing the runways. Comments from some of the corporate flight attendants on my business aviation site reflect that this practice is getting out of hand.

    Thanks for shedding the light on it.

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