Saturday, 24 September 2016

Cost of Clinton-Obama Air Force One ride disclosed

The Hillary Clinton campaign has disclosed in its August Federal Election Commission filings that it has paid a total of $36,602.99 in the campaign's use of Air Force One in general.
A Clinton aide told CNBC that the costs associated with Clinton's July 5th Air Force One flight from Washington D.C. to Charlotte, North Carolina, with President Barack Obama was included in that total. That day was the first official joint campaign event for Obama and Clinton.
The Air Force Once expenses were listed under "DNC Travel Offset Account". All of Clinton's plane expenditures during the campaign, except the Air Force One flight, have been categorized as under "Travel."
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No specifics details were disclosed with the "DNC Travel Offset Account." When asked for a breakdown of the expenses to determine the exact cost for Clinton's travel on Air Force One on July 5th, the campaign declined to offer, referring back to the total of $36,602.99 paid. As with Clinton's other charter plane expenditures in FEC reports — no details on dates or destinations have been disclosed.
When asked if the campaign costs associated with either President Obama or Vice President Biden campaigning on behalf of Clinton using Air Force One or Air Force Two were included in that $36,602.99 total, Josh Schwerin, a spokesman for the Clinton campaign, said: "As is the standard practice, the campaign is covering its portion of the costs."
For every hour Air Force One is in fligh, it costs $206,337, according to a Freedom of Information Act letter obtained by the nonprofit Judicial Watch.
"According to FEC rules, the campaign has to pay airfare that would be comparable to a private charter," said Josh Stewart, deputy communications director for the Sunlight Foundation, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that advocates for disclosure and open government. "But unfortunately, Air Force One is one of a kind 747 so you can't get an apples-to-apples comparison. But the price looks comparable."
Chartering a Boeing 747 through PrivateFly costs $16,877 an hour. 
"The president, vice president and first lady each may engage in official, political and campaign-related activities, either separately or in combination," said FEC deputy press officer, Christian J. Hilland during a July interview. "Official expenses are paid by the U.S. government; the costs of political activities are paid for the national party committee and campaign expenses are paid by the candidate's campaign committee and must be disclosed."

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