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Thursday, August 31, 2006

 

Taxpayers Pay For Bush's Campaign Travel








President Bush steps off of Air Force One after arriving Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2006 in Waco, Texas. Bush will spend the night at his nearby Crawford, Texas ranch. (AP Photo/Duane A. Laverty)

By Jennifer Loven, Associated Press Writer | August 30, 2006

WASHINGTON --Bankrolled almost entirely by taxpayers, President Bush is roaming far and wide on Air Force One to help Republicans retain control of Congress and capture statehouse contests in high-stakes midterm elections.

In 15 months, including back-to-back fundraisers Wednesday in Little Rock, Ark., and Nashville, Tenn., Bush has collected $166 million for the campaign accounts of 27 Republican candidates, the national GOP and its state counterparts across the country, according to the Republican National Committee.

High-dollar Washington galas headlined by the fundraiser-in-chief brought in a big share of the total. The president also has scooped up campaign cash in 36 cities, travels that have taken him as near as McLean, Va., in the Washington suburbs and as far as Medina, Wash., 2,800 miles to the west. On Thursday, Bush adds yet another locale to the list: Salt Lake City.

All this to-and-fro presidential politicking is only expected to increase as November draws closer. And it is the taxpayers, not the campaigns or political parties, who foot most of the travel bill.

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