October 18, 2018

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BREAKING: Ron DeSantis Refuses to Disclose Details of $145,000 of Taxpayer-Funded Travel

Today, the Naples Daily News reported on more than $145,000 in taxpayer dollars that Ron DeSantis used to travel while he was a member of Congress.

These taxpayer-funded trips included trips to New York to appear on Fox News, his primary campaign strategy that won him Donald Trump’s endorsement.

DeSantis is refusing to release these records, using a loophole that allows him to withhold public records, despite previously arguing members of Congress should not receive special treatment.

“Ron DeSantis has abused the public trust,” said Democratic Governors Association Communications Director Jared Leopold. “DeSantis should come clean about how he spent $145,000 in taxpayer dollars to promote himself. What is he hiding?”

Read the Naples Daily News’ report HERE or below:

GOP’s Ron DeSantis won’t disclose details of taxpayer-funded travel in Congress

While in Congress, Republican Ron DeSantis spent more than $145,000 in taxpayer money for travel, including trips to New York to appear on Fox News as he increased his public profile before his campaign to become Florida’s next governor.

But DeSantis is refusing to release records detailing that travel. The former House member who has argued members of Congress should not receive special treatment is using a special exemption given to members of Congress that allows them to withhold public records.

“It’s a voluntary choice he is making. He could certainly choose to tell us more to clear up how he spent his time and taxpayer money,” said Lisa Gilbert, the vice president of legislative affairs at Public Citizen, a nonprofit watchdog group.

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