From The Daily Caller: It cost taxpayers nearly a half-million dollars for first lady Michelle Obama to travel to Spain in 2010, according to an analysis by Judicial Watch.
The right-leaning watchdog group estimated that the trip cost
$467,585. It based its analysis on documents obtained from the U.S.
Secret Service and the U.S. Air Force.
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said it took his group “two
years and a lawsuit to get these documents out of the Obama
“It is hypocritical for President Obama to fire GSA officials for
wasteful conference spending, while his family went on a luxury
vacation in the Costa del Sol Spain that cost taxpayers nearly half a
million dollars,” Fitton said.
Among the various travel costs, the group estimated — using the
Defense Department’s 2010 published hourly rates — that it cost the
government $199,323 to fly to Spain and back to the United States.
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