Monday, July 14, 2014

Iowa GOP spent $15,944 to fly Mike Huckabee to Des Moines for Bob Vander Plaats event hosted by Repubs

Politico, in a story about Fox News propagandist and man-of-the-people Mike Huckabee's penchant for private plane travel, reports that the Iowa GOP spent $15,944 to fly the former Arkansas governor to a Celebrate Life event at the Point of Grace Church in Waukee in February of 2013.
     Former Iowa GOP Chairman A.J. Spiker said that “may have been the only time” the Iowa Republican Party chartered a plane to bring in a politician.
     Tickets to the event were $10 (individual), $20 (family pass), $75 (Defender of Life Reception, including appetizers!), and $1000 (Huckabee Roundtable Private Briefing, limited to 15 people giving ticketholders the opportunity to sit and talk DIRECTLY to Mike!)
     Said Politico:
     Campaigns and political committees have paid the cost of Huckabee’s travel by cutting checks to one of two private companies linked to the politician-turned-TV-commentator: Blue Diamond Travel, a business registered at Huckabee’s Florida address, or the now-defunct MDH Group, an Arkansas entity named for the former governor’s initials.
     On 14 occasions, Huckabee’s political action committee has also directly paid for private air travel expenses, reporting $30,000 in disbursements to MDH Group for charter travel to “PAC events” and a dozen additional outlays to chartered air travel companies.

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