The Democrats love to talk about Hillary Clinton’s record-setting travel pace as Secretary of State. It seems that being the most-traveled head of the State Department is her only real accomplishment. But what they don’t want to tell us is how much that travel cost the taxpayers. Oh well, those promises of transparency were pretty much broken the first time President Obama took the oath of office.
In her four years as the top U.S. diplomat, Hillary Clinton kept a running total of countries visited, miles traveled and hours spent in transit on the State Department website.
Still untallied: The bill to taxpayers for her globe-trotting.
Bloomberg News last year asked for the details of out-of-town trips for the heads of 57 major departments in fiscal 2011, a test of President Barack Obama’s pledge to run the most open government in history. As of July 12, about one-fifth of those surveyed hadn’t responded.
The State Department is one of five Cabinet offices that have yet to fully comply with requests under the Freedom of Information Act to disclose the details and expenses of official travel more than a year after they were filed.
“These are exactly the kinds of records Cabinet offices should have at their fingertips,” said Thomas Blanton, director of the National Security Archive, a Washington-based open-information advocacy group. “You should not even have to ask for these records. They should be online already.” (Read More)
They didn’t waste time calculating the miles she traveled and how long it took, so why not pony up on the cost?
As a side note, in 2011 Eric Holder’s travel cost the taxpayers more $1.45 million. Many of those trips were personal, and although he used an FBI Gulfstream V and only had to reimburse the taxpayers the cost of a coach seat on a commercial flight. He still hasn’t released the cost of all of his trips. Why does he even need to travel abroad anyway?