SarahPAC Paid Thousands Of Dollars For “Bus Tour” That Palin Claimed Was “Family Vacation”
Sarah Palin repeatedly said it was a “family vacation.”
According to a list of itemized expenditures filed by SarahPAC to the Federal Elections Committee and published Thursday, Palin’s committee spent nearly $14,000 on the “bus wrap” that festooned the family’s tour bus with images of the Liberty Bell, Constitution and American flag. The committee spent $10,000 on “logistical trip consulting,” $3,600 to the bus driver and at least $7,000 on lodging.
But the total for the trip is likely much more, because many bills came in after the June 30 filing deadline, Sarah PAC treasurer Tim Crawford said in an interview. In addition, many other expenses associated with the trip, such as photography, videography, Internet fundraising and airfare, are more difficult to account for.
Whatever happened to that tour, anyway?
The trip is expected to resume in the Midwest this summer, but it has been delayed in part because Palin was called for jury duty in Alaska and must report to the local courthouse each morning for the rest of July or until she is placed on a jury.
…Palin billed her “One Nation” trip as nothing more than a family vacation complete with kids, grandparents and many hours on Interstate 95.
Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer has asked for an accounting from the park service as to whether the Palins received special treatment.
In his letter, Blumenauer described Palin’s trip as a “partisan political tour” that provided her with “personal and political” benefits. On Thursday, Blumenauer spokesman Derek Schlickeisen said: “Not every American family had a federal PAC to pay for their family vacations.”Click here for reuse options!
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