Perry's security bill for presidential run grows

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - State security agents who protected Republican Governor Rick Perry as he crisscrossed the country running for president have filed for an additional $104,000-plus in backlogged travel expenses.

That raises Texas taxpayers' cost of Perry's failed White House bid to at least $3.7 million.

The Texas Department of Public Safety reported Friday spending about $104,000 on airfare, food, fuel, lodging and other travel expenses as it protected the governor between September and January.

Perry entered the race last August and called off his campaign in January.

Reports released in March showed the agency paid more than $1.8 million in travel expenses during that time. It spent an additional $1.8 million on overtime compensation.

This latest report includes additional travel expenses that weren't processed in time to make the March report.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

You must be logged in to post comments.

Password (case sensitive):
Remember Me:

Read Comments

Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
  • by Mickey Location: Denison on Jul 13, 2012 at 08:06 AM
    I read in todays HD that Perry is flying to Nevada to campaign for Romney. You can bet this trip will involve taxpayers money as well, and you can be just as sure Perry will claim the trip was for some kind of economic development/promotion of Texas kinda thing. Yea, he'll be one of the throng snaping business cards, and handing them out to folks cruising the strip.
  • by Joey Location: Denison on Jul 12, 2012 at 03:35 PM
    Has anyone noticed that not one far right Repugnantcan or tea bagger has commented about this e expenditure of taxpayer money. Why is that? Same ol', same 'ol. If a Repugnantcan spends money like a drunken sailor, they act as though they haven't heard about it, or shrug it off as some kind of commie propaganda being spread to make one of their own look bad.
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Jul 13, 2012 at 06:23 AM in reply to Joey
      I am as radical right-wing-republican as you can get, and I did comment; "Anonymous on July 12, 2012 at 08:19 AM" .........
      • reply
        by Joey on Jul 15, 2012 at 08:37 PM in reply to
        Yes, you are in deed a rightwing Repugnatcan, and instead of posting your usual rant about socialism, irresponsible spending etc etc, you made some generic comment about "neither party". That's not right wing Repugnantcan talk, that's roll me over and do it again stuff. I mean, where's the outrage, the righteous indiganation, the fire and brimstone? Usually, it's easy to tell the differnce between your BS and the comments all the other "Anonymous" make. A whimper is hardly your style. C'mon, you can do better than that.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 12, 2012 at 06:19 AM
    In all fairness, perhaps neither party has anything to offer......
  • by Willie on Jul 10, 2012 at 02:43 PM
    Oh, come on people! Give the guy a break. He's a Republican for gosh sakes. A former frontrunner for the Presidency. One of the best the GOP has to offer. Isn't being anti-Obama good enough for you? It works for everyone else. Look at Mitt. He's anti Obama-care, even though his healthcare law was almost exactly the same with mandated coverage and tax penalties for freeloaders. But y'all ain't throwing him under the bus like poor ol' Rick. You people think Rick should be "For the people of Texas". What kind of stupid notion is that? When's the last time you saw a Republican be "for the people"? They are for whatever corporate America has told them to be for. That's all Rick is trying to do. Please those who he owes. Nothing new. Sure Rick or Mitt will tell you they want to help the middle class workers. Like that Bush tax cut extention. They will tell you that it will hurt small businesses if wealthy people are taxed on income over $250,000.00. But we all know the vast majority of small business owners don't make anywhere near that amount. But, hey. You will believe it anyway. Because you're Repubican. That's what you do. If you didn't, Fox News wouldn't exist, and Limbaugh would be on food stamps. So give Rick another chance. You're gonna get 4 more years of Obama, like it or not. Not enough dumb people in this country to avoid that. But that's no excuse to turn on one of your own. Even if he has the most famous "Oops" moments in the history of morons, he's still one of the best your party has to offer. And as you scrape the bottom of the GOP barrel and all you come up with is the likes of Trump, Palin, Cain, Gingrich, Bachmann and Santorum, you have to be satisfied with ol' Oops Perry. He's like George W. Bush's dumber cousin. The perfect Governor for right wing Texans.
  • by CG Location: NTX on Jul 10, 2012 at 11:47 AM
    well, you keep putting him back in office, why I don't know. The only person Rick Perry cares about is Rick Perry. He sure doesn't care about the people of our great State of Texas, other than the rich ones, that is.
  • by JP Location: NTX on Jul 10, 2012 at 10:05 AM
    People wake up and see what your Government has done! All that money and gone... just so Rick Perry could toy around with running for office. Folks you can be if Rick Perry is involved, there's a crook involved!
  • by Anonymous on Jul 10, 2012 at 07:59 AM
    Anybody that can kill a coyote with a little .380 pistol should'nt need a security detail.....
  • by Don Location: Denton, TX on Jul 9, 2012 at 06:46 PM
    Why are the taxpayers footing the bill? Shouldn't the governor and his campaign donors pay this?
  • by Michelle Location: Bonham on Jul 9, 2012 at 06:31 PM
    Why do the tax payors have to foot the bill while he was gallivanting around Texas seeking personal gain? Even though he was Governor, the purpose for his travel was not for gubernatorial business...seems unethical.
  • by Joey Location: Denison on Jul 9, 2012 at 05:43 PM
    That's ok, we can make up that $ by firing a bunch of school teachers. Plus, we must look on the bright side. He lost. Badly.
Sherman 4201 Texoma Pkwy (903) 892 -8123 Ardmore 2624 S. Commerce (580) 223-0946
Copyright © 2002-2016 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 161852385 -
Gray Television, Inc.