Report: McCaskill spent less on travel than others
President Barack Obama disembarks Air Force One with Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., Wednesday, March 10, 2010, in St. Louis. Obama is in town to make a speech on health care and then appear at a fundraiser for McCaskill.(AP Photo/Tom Gannam) By Tom Gannam
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A newspaper's review of travel records has found that U.S Sen. Claire McCaskill spent far less for four years of flights on her private plane than two former Missouri senators spent for travel over similar time spans.
McCaskill has been under fire since it was revealed that she spent $88,000 for use of a plane she owns with her husband during her first four years in office. The Democrat says she reimbursed the U.S. Treasury the entire amount to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest.
The Kansas City Star reports former Republican Sen. Kit Bond spent more than $300,000 for chartered planes during a four-year period, while former GOP Sen. Jim Talent billed taxpayers for more than $200,000 for travel.
Washington lawmakers often charter planes for speed and convenience.
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