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Democratic National Committee reimburses state $23,000 for Kaine's political travel

Anita Kumar

As one of his last acts before leaving office over the weekend, former Gov. Tim Kaine let the public know just how much taxpayer money he spent on protection while traveling as chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

The State Police spent $23,055.84 on transportation, hotel and food.

The DNC will reimburse the Virginia State Police that amount -- as Kaine pledged to do this summer after coming under fire for traveling out of state so much while still serving as governor.

Documents released by Kaine's office Friday -- his last full day in office -- show that he made 20 trips to 18 states from July 10 to Jan. 7.

His office had already released information about $7,515.59 worth of expenses for the first six months of 2009, in which he went on 14 out-of-state trips.

The expenses do not include trips to Washington, where Kaine has said he works out of the DNC offices roughly once a week.

President Obama tapped Kaine to be the party chairman in January 2009. Kaine served on a part-time unpaid basis for the first year, though Republicans and others accused him of neglected his job as governor.

But Kaine said in a recent interview that "there was no real downside for Virginians to me having a close relationship to the president" and that he was able to work with Obama on the stimulus package, among other things.

Kaine left office Saturday when Republican Bob McDonnell was sworn in. He will now serve full-time.

By Anita Kumar  |  January 18, 2010; 9:00 AM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Robert F. McDonnell , Timothy M. Kaine  
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Roy Clark, a native Virginian said it best, "Thank God and Greyhound you're gone"

Posted by: TROYB43 | January 18, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

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