FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Gov. Ernie Fletcher's campaign is
reimbursing the state more than $18,000 for trips on state aircraft
that included a mixture of state and political work for his
re-election, his campaign said Friday.
Fletcher's campaign said it was writing a check to the state for
$18,840.46, a prorated share of the travel expenses. The payment
amounted to about 38 percent of the $48,897.50 the trips cost, and
covers travel from July 2006 through April 2007.
"This covers a prorated share of the governor's travel when
political events were included in the itinerary," campaign manager
Mary Ryall said in a statement.
After the trips were first disclosed by the Lexington
Herald-Leader last week, Fletcher's campaign initially said it
would not reimburse the state. A day later, Ryall said the campaign
changed its mind and would be subsidizing part of the expense.
Fletcher, a Republican who campaigned four years ago on a pledge
to cut waste, fraud and abuse in state government, is opposed in
the May 22 GOP primary by former U.S. Rep. Anne Northup of
Louisville and Billy Harper, a Paducah businessman.
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