The presidential aircraft hangar rally has change into a trademark of the 45th presidency. However how a lot President Donald Trump’s journey value through the 2018 midterm marketing campaign, in accordance with Quartz, will shock you. An evaluation by the outlet discovered that the airfare for to journey to these rallies value an estimated $17 million. Quartz broke down the estimated value for practically 50 political rallies between March 10 and Election Day.
The costliest rally, in accordance with the Quartz evaluation, was $1,310,232 to help Dean Heller in Las Vegas, whereas the least costly, in accordance with the evaluation, was $35,641.20 to help Mike Braun in Indianapolis. Braun received his Senate race whereas Heller didn’t.
Of that estimated $17 million air journey, the reelection marketing campaign or political occasion is meant to pay a portion, so taxpayers do not entrance your complete invoice, in accordance with the Federal Election Fee. For instance, Quartz reported that Trump’s marketing campaign paid about $112,000 for air journey in March and April of this 12 months, however no paperwork for following months has been filed. Bustle has reached out to the White Home for remark.
In February 2017, The Washington Put up reported that Air Drive One prices about $200,000 per hour to function. By means of a Freedom of Info Act request by conservative oversight group Judicial Watch, the Air Drive mentioned it value $142,380 per hour to function Air Drive One within the 2017 fiscal 12 months. By comparability, the Air Drive mentioned a Boeing 757 used for shorter runways will value roughly $25,641 per hour, in accordance with Quartz.
No matter aircraft measurement, that is not the one journey expense the president incurs whereas touring. As Quartz identified, there’s Secret Service and the presidential help employees, resort prices, rental charges and different safety.
Past the $1.three million journey to stump for Heller in Nevada — who would ultimately be defeated — Trump additionally incurred $1.2 million in journey prices to stump for Matt Rosendale in Montana. A second rally on Sept. 6 for Rosendale value about $550,000, adopted by a 3rd rally in mid-October that value $940,000, in accordance with Quartz. Rosendale additionally misplaced his Senate race.
And, as all the time, there is a Trump tweet (or two) concerning the subject of airline prices. On July 5, 2016 — months earlier than he could be elected commander in chief — Trump tweeted, “Taxpayers are paying a fortune for using Air Drive One on the marketing campaign path by President Obama and Crooked Hillary. A complete shame!”
A Quartz evaluation discovered that as a result of the Trump marketing campaign and the Republican Nationwide Committee have solely reimbursed the Treasury Division for $112,667.90 up to now, meaning “taxpayers could have up to now been reimbursed for about 0.7 % of the price of the president’s flights to political rallies.”
There’s nonetheless two years of Trump’s presidency left — and a complete re-election marketing campaign. Trump filed for re-election on the day he was inaugurated, so it is extremely unlikely that he would stand a Republican challenger in a major. Time will inform how far more in journey bills he can rack up.