Monday, December 26, 2011
The security price tag of keeping TX Gov. Rick “I’m a Prophet” Perry safe costs the state a staggering $400,000 a month.
An close examination of Texas public safety department records found the agency forked out more than $1.4 million on out-of-state trips between September to December, including more than $397,000 between Sept. 5 and Sept. 28, 2011.
· $161,786 went for airfares
· $8,140 for baggage fees
· $50,648.84 for food
· $6,442.24 for fuel
· $112,111.81 for lodging
· $54,356.65 for rentals
· $2,990.26 for parking
· $1,238.57 in an “other” unspecified costs
The Texas Tribune noted George W. Bush also amassed a hefty tab when he ran for president in 2000 while he was governor of Texas. The state spent at least $400,000 per month in the first quarter of the year when he ran for president in 2000, and Texas taxpayers paid $3.9 million for his security costs between January 1999 and March 2000 when Secret Service took over security detail.