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Flying Trump to midterm rallies to stump for Republicans cost US taxpayers millions

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  • Heather Timmons
    Heather TimmonsWashington correspondent at Quartz

    The Republican party or the Trump 2020 campaign or the midterm candidates themselves are supposed to pay this back but no one would talk to us about when and how much

  • Sari Zeidler
    Sari ZeidlerDirector of Growth at Quartz

    A Quartz analysis of the latest Department of Defense operating figures indicates that spent an estimated $17 million using Air Force One to fly to 49 political rallies ahead of the 2018 mid-terms. Federal regulations require campaigns that use Air Force One this way must reimburse the treasury. So far the administration has paid back $112,200—which is less than it costs to operate AF1 for one hour— with no indications they will pay back anymore. In the meantime, guess who picks up the bill? US Taxpayers.

  • Katherine Ellen Foley
    Katherine Ellen Foleyhealth/science reporter at Quartz

    Don't believe the headline? This piece includes a spreadsheet you can peruse yourself.

  • Kevin Delaney
    Kevin DelaneyEditor in chief at Quartz

    Government filings indicate that US taxpayers are footing the bill for Trump's political campaign activity, in a break from standard practice.

  • Adam Pasick
    Adam PasickSenior Editor at Quartz

    "Taxpayers are paying a fortune for the use of Air Force One on the campaign trail by President Obama and Crooked Hillary. A total disgrace!" — Donald Trump, July 2016

  • Daniel Wolfe
    Daniel Wolfethings reporter at Quartz

    Transparent and legible data in these issues matter. That's why we made our calculations public. Link in the article.

  • Franklin  M
    Franklin M

    Can’t say I’m surprised. He uses tax payers like his own personal checking account. Did we forget he’s been doing the same thing on his frequent golf trips?

  • You know those Trump rallies that are dramatically partisan? It’s good to know that $17 million of our tax dollars are paying for these trips by the president.

  • William Wood
    William WoodOwner at William Wood

    I am sure it will all work out in the end. In the meantime you have something to complain about! Reminds me of the complaints, about Michelle Obama’s vacation, in Africa.

  • Youyou Zhou
    Youyou ZhouThings reporter at Quartz

    This deserves constant re-ups. While this story proves that democracy needs journalism, it can be so easily taken to the opposite in today’s environment.

  • Ian Myers
    Ian MyersFounder at Country House Enterprises

    This doesn’t seem right...

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