Perry's 160-day vanity trip is now regarded as one of the three worst presidential campaigns in history, and we are the ones stuck footing the bill.
Rick Perry is just another cut and spend conservative. He cut out public sector jobs and told corporations not to pay their fair share last session. Then he decided to embarrass Texans by running an utterly amateurish Presidential campaign for a mere 160 days. As we mentioned yesterday, he has wasted nearly $2.7 million taxpayer dollars on airfare, baggage fees, food and even parking.
According to records from the Texas Department of Public Safety, we can project Perry’s security-related travel costs from the day he officially announced his candidacy to when he suspended his campaign on January 19. The $2,651,429.14 in Texas tax dollars he's wasted on jet liners and fancy hotels is money we'll never see again unless Perry pays us back.
SUMMARY: Estimates show Governor Perry owes $2,651,429.14 to Texas taxpayers for security-related travel costs incurred during his 160-day presidential run. With $2.47 million in his state account as of December 31, 2011, Governor Perry can immediately pay back 93% of those taxpayer dollars, leaving him with an outstanding taxpayer debt of $179.949.59.
Governor Perry was a declared presidential candidate for an amateur 160 days. According to records released by the Texas Department of Public Safety and published by the Texas Tribune, we can project Perry’s security costs from the day he officially announced his candidacy (August 13, 2011) to the time he suspended his campaign (January 19, 2012). Here is the total amount of taxpayer dollars spent during the 24-day window for which Texas DPS has released records:
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