So let's get this straight. It's no big deal for President Obama to charter his wife and kids on separate private jets to Martha's Vineyard and Hawaii, and hires Johnny Depp and Tim Burton to recreate Alice in Wonderland at the White House for Halloween (which was never even reported by any US press) but Ron Paul is 'wasting large amounts of taxpayer money by flying in a first class seat back and forth from DC and his Texas office'!?!
Is this seriously the best dirt they can dig up on the guy- that he's flying first class and purchasing the expensive government tickets from Continental which are flexible for scheduling and refundable rather than the cheap private seats!?! Bwa-hahaha.
Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul has been spending large amounts on airfare as a congressman, flying first class on dozens of taxpayer-funded flights to his home state. The practice conflicts with the image that Paul portrays as the only presidential candidate serious about cutting federal spending.
Paul flew first class on at least 31 round-trip flights and 12 one-way flights since May 2009 when he was traveling between Washington and his district in Texas, according to a review by The Associated Press of his congressional office expenses. Four other round-trip tickets and two other one-way tickets purchased during the period were eligible for upgrades to first-class after they were bought, but those upgrades would not be documented in the expense records.
Paul, whose distrust of big government is the centerpiece of his presidential campaign, trusts the more expensive government rate for Continental Airlines when buying his tickets. Paul chose not to buy the cheaper economy tickets at a fraction of the price because they aren't refundable or as flexible for scheduling, his congressional staff said.
From AP/CBS. Link intentionally not provided