Flying Trump to midterm rallies to stump for Republicans cost US taxpayers millions
Trump criticized Air Force One travel to campaign stops when Obama was in officeRead full story
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
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.
Don't believe the headline? This piece includes a spreadsheet you can peruse yourself.
Government filings indicate that US taxpayers are footing the bill for Trump's political campaign activity, in a break from standard practice.
"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
Transparent and legible data in these issues matter. That's why we made our calculations public. Link in the article.
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.
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.
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.
This doesn’t seem right...
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