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!)
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.