Top Schwarzenegger Staff Traveled On Taxpayer's Dime

A news report says in the midst of a budget crisis, top officials in Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's administration charged taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars for airfare, hotels and meals despite a ban on nonessential travel.

The Los Angeles Times says 10 high-ranking staff members who live in Southern California billed the state for routine trips from their homes to Sacramento.

And Carrie Lopez, the director of the state Department of Consumer Affairs, billed the state for transportation costs to attend a Justin Timberlake concert with her daughter.

Lopez said the transportation cost was for a meeting with an energy company executive but the company denies it.

The Times says expense reports and calendars show many of the expenses submitted by top staff were incurred after the governor issued an executive order a year ago requiring state agencies to
reduce travel costs because of the budget crisis.

The governor's office says the travel expenses will be reviewed.


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  • by ace Location: plymouth on Mar 2, 2009 at 06:41 AM
    I wonder if they are going to pay the money back or will it be business as usual and the tax payers will cover the cost. What disipline will be taken against those individuals that did not follow guidelines. Bet they will be reelected or reappointed.
  • by Satan on Mar 2, 2009 at 06:41 AM
    Why does this not surprise me? There is little morality left in government fundementals, from the local mayor all the way to the president.
  • by Barbara Location: Beulaville NC on Mar 2, 2009 at 05:05 AM
    So what else is new. We as taxpayers have no chance in heck. With the way our government is run, all we can do is sit back and pay out the butt, While they live high on the hog, and wine and dine, and we end up paying for it. Just like with AIG. 30 billion more dollars??? We have no leadership
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Mar 1, 2009 at 05:31 PM
    OK Sally, we do all you said, now just who in the hell will listen. No one in DC has ears. Taxpayers have no protection or voice once we elect these idots, we are forgotten. I wish there was a way to reach our congressman, but they are on a mission of their own, protecting those who elected them. The best thing we can do is to vote out anyone holding office and limit congress to two terms.
  • by Brittanicus Location: Indianapolis, IN on Mar 1, 2009 at 09:43 AM
    Villaraigosa must be thrown out of office, because he has cost the city billions of dollars for creating government welfare for illegal aliens and their large families. Hopefully the Federal government will enact a mandated E-Verify, because this will dislodge from the workplace illegal workers. Because E-verify was killed by majority Democrat Harry Reid of Nevada and his partners. This pattern of rampant corruption survives all over the country. Even Mayor Villaraigosa and his thrall has given AMNESTY in LA . Even though he took the oath of office, to serve the American people. He committed a traitorous act because he is serving illegal settlers from foreign countries. We need a new face who will protect Taxpayers, such as Walter MOORE.
  • by Sally Location: New Bern on Mar 1, 2009 at 09:09 AM
    Typical, what's new, Americans are waking up some and demanding that the abuse of so called power and wastage of taxpayers dollars come to a screeching halt. Lets clean house and get the clowns in Washington really shaken up. Make noise, write letters to your congressmen, call DC. stop the free handout programs, I want something for nothing crowd, waiting for a handout.
  • by ben Location: havelock on Mar 1, 2009 at 08:50 AM
    Go get em Arnie. Only Dems. are allowed to waste money.
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