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Lawmaker Defends His 14-Cent Travel Expense

UK's Rob Wilson wants reimbursement for trip that would've taken 4 minutes to walk

(Newser) - A British lawmaker is defending claiming $0.14 (yes, 14 cents) on expenses for a short car journey, saying such claims may look "odd" but that the mileage adds up. Conservative lawmaker Rob Wilson said the 352-yard journey in March 2014 was a "constituency engagement." He also... More »

Here's How Much Airfares Have Jumped Since '05

6.5% overall, and that's after inflation

(Newser) - Feel like you're paying more for a plane ticket these days? You are. USA Today did an analysis of fares at the 100 busiest airports in the country, and found that on average, prices are up 6.5% (after adjusting for inflation) since 2005. The biggest fare change: Savannah-Hilton... More »

Perry's Travel, Security Tab Secret Til After 2012

Governor lobbied to seal info in school finance bill

(Newser) - Rick Perry's presidential campaign comes with a large security detail provided by Texas state police, but its costs are going to secret for the next 18 months, thanks to a provision added to a school finance bill, reports the Washington Post . Perry—who was “extremely concerned” to protect... More »

Whitman Gouging Press for Travel

Calif. candidate charging journos $2K for day—sans hotel

(Newser) - Meg Whitman is charging reporters huge sums to travel with the candidate during her campaign's final days, notes Carla Marinucci in the San Francisco Chronicle : One day will cost members of the press “a whopping $1,350,” but that’s small change compared to another day’s “... More »

Sanford Flew to Hair Cut, Kids' Games on State Dime

Gov racked up $400K in travel, some illegal

(Newser) - Mark Sanford has repeatedly violated South Carolina law by using state aircraft for personal trips, an AP investigation has found. Records reveal that the philandering governor has used state planes to travel to dental appointments, his children's sporting events, and political party gatherings. One one occasion, Sanford used a state... More »

Cornyn, Schumer Travel in High Style

Senators use more taxpayer dollars than any other lawmakers

(Newser) - Senators John Cornyn and Chuck Schumer have done a lot of jet-setting on the company dime, Politico reports. Each has spent more than $140,000 on travel this year alone, as much as 10 times what some colleagues spend. Cornyn, a Republican, racked up the biggest bill, which included the... More »

Palin Paying Back State for Family Travel

Guv agrees to $7,000 settlement in ethics probe over kids' trips

(Newser) - Sarah Palin has agreed to reimburse Alaska for family travel she billed to the state, reports the Anchorage Daily News. An investigator probing an ethics complaint filed against the governor found nine trips involving Palin's children in which the personal benefit clearly outweighed any benefit to the state. Palin will... More »

Airfares May Sag in '09: Report

Declining demand, dropping oil prices likely to bring prices down

(Newser) - The slumping economy may bring some good to the travel industry: Domestic airfare and hotel rates could fall next year as strapped individuals and companies think twice about globetrotting. A slash in oil prices, down to half of summer’s record high, has also brought airlines relief, Reuters reports. In... More »

Palin Charged Alaska $21K for Children's Travel

Uninvited children were said to be on 'official business'

(Newser) - Sarah Palin billed the state of Alaska repeatedly for costs incurred by her children accompanying her on trips, sometimes altering expense reports to indicate that they were on official business even though they were not invited, an investigation by the AP finds. Palin charged the state a total of $21,... More »

Palin Billed State to Live at Home

Gov. charged per diem home fee, and family got $43K in travel expenses

(Newser) - Sarah Palin charged the state of Alaska nearly $17,000 in per diem fees for 312 nights she spent at her Wasilla home, even though she had moved with her family to the state capitol of Juneau before the legislative session last year, reports the Washington Post. The state has... More »

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