Washington Kay Bills Taxpayers To Fly On Private Planes Owned By Lobbyists

Senator uses more than $12,000 in taxpayer money to reimburse lobbyists, corporations and donors for use of their jets; has spent more than $518,000 for 154 private flights


During her 17 years as a United States Senator, Kay Bailey Hutchison has used more than $12,000 in taxpayer money to reimburse lobbyists, corporations with business interests before her committees in the Senate, and campaign donors for use of their private planes, including Zachry Construction, Clear Channel, Oshkosh Trucking, TXU, Moncrief Oil, and Lockheed Martin. She has billed taxpayers more than $518,000 to travel 154 times by private airplane, according to Senate records.

“Bailouts, earmarks and now private plane rides continue to demonstrate that Senator Hutchison has no regard for taxpayer dollars,” said Texans for Rick Perry spokesman Mark Miner. “Senator Hutchison should apologize to the people of Texas for her consistent use of taxpayer dollars for political activity.”

Sen. Hutchison often uses private planes for single-destination trips to major metropolitan areas when commercial flights would cost a mere fraction of what she passes on to taxpayers. Examples include spending $5,732.68 to fly round-trip Dallas to Houston and $5,523.92 to fly round-trip Dallas to Austin. (Additional examples below.)

According to semi-annual Reports of the Secretary of the Senate, Sen. Hutchison has billed taxpayers $12,461.95 to reimburse lobbyists, corporations and donors for use of their jets, and used private planes at least 154 times costing taxpayers $518,892.39. (SOURCE: Report of the Secretary of the Senate documents available below.)

Reimbursements to Lobbyists, Corporations and Donors: $12,461.95

Sen. Hutchison Itinerary Date Cost Reimbursement To
Washington, DC to Dallas, One-way              12/8/01           $2,416.00    Tom Loeffler
Dallas to Washington, DC, Round-trip           12/3-12/4/01  $2,330.00    TXU
Washington, DC to Dallas, One-way              10/25/01        $1,205.25    Lockheed Martin
Washington, DC to Dallas, One-way              11/14/03        $1,203.00    Moncrief Oil
Dallas to Washington, DC, One-way              3/5/01            $1,168.50    Tom Luce
Dallas to Louisville, KY, to Washington DC   2/28/05          $1,116.90    Oshkosh Trucking
Weslaco to Corpus Christi To Dallas             2/20/02          $1,115.00    SSP Partners
Washington, DC to San Antonio, One-way    4/15/09          $569.00       Clear Channel
Dallas to Austin to Corpus Christi to Dallas   10/3/03          $314.00       Mike A Myers
Dallas to Beaumont, One-way                         8/28/06          $261.70       Trinity Industries Inc
Dallas to Austin, Round-trip                             1/25/06          $222.00       Mike A Myers
Dallas to Laredo, Round-trip                           9/22/00          $214.00       TXU
San Antonio to Dallas, One-way                     4/23/07          $115.90       Zachry Construction
Dallas to Austin, One-way                               10/14/00        $106.00       Mike A Myers
San Antonio to Dallas, One-way                    7/11/05           $104.70       Mansefeldt Investment

Wasteful Private Flights to Single Destination

Sen. Hutchison Itinerary Date Cost To Taxpayers Commercial Option
Dallas to Houston, Round-trip          9/14/08        $5,732.68                 $302 (Southwest)
Dallas to Laredo, Round-trip            2/21/09       $5,702.83                  $224 (American)
Dallas to Austin Round-trip               10/3/08       $5,523.92                  $306 (Southwest)
Dallas to Austin, Round-trip              11/27/08     $5,441.77                  $306 (Southwest)
Dallas to McAllen, Round-trip           3/1/03         $5,077.38                  $304 (American)
Sugar Land to Dallas, One-way       2/15/08       $4,719.52                  $151 (Southwest)
Dallas to Houston, Round-trip          2/28/09       $4,421.84                  $302 (Southwest)
Dallas to Houston, Round-trip          4/16/05       $3,702.57                  $302 (Southwest)
Dallas to Waco, Round-trip              11/25/05     $3,416.00                  $120 (American)
Dallas to Lubbock, Round-trip         3/23/03       $3,394.38                  $306 (Southwest)
Dallas to Tyler, Round-trip                11/2/01       $3,181.43                  $124 (American)
Dallas to Waco, Round-trip              12/3/04       $3,095.75                  $120 (American)
Corpus Christi to Dallas, One-way  10/6/06       $2,573.51                  $87 (American)
Dallas to Austin, Round-trip             2/23/03       $2,451.63                  $306 (Southwest)
Dallas to San Antonio, Round-trip  1/26/05       $2,343.36                  $314 (Southwest)
Dallas to Waco, Round-trip             10/7/00       $2,235.63                  $120 (American)
Dallas to San Antonio, Round-trip  8/29/05       $2,235.04                  $314 (Southwest)
Dallas to Austin, Round-trip            11/22/99     $2,193.36                  $306 (Southwest)
Houston to Laredo, One-way          10/20/06     $1,942.14                  $533 (Continental)
Houston to Austin, Round-trip         10/4/99       $1,844.36                  $302 (Southwest)
Dallas to Austin, Round-trip            9/30/08       $1,191.55                  $306 (Southwest)

Also in the news,

At least 29 Hutchison staffers have become lobbyists, including former chief of staff who lobbied for $700 billion Wall Street bailout and current senior advisor who came from lobbying community


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