Romney watch

Where in the world is the governor’s credit card?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  April 5, 2006

Mitt RomneyOn January 19, in his annual State of the State speech, Governor Mitt Romney declared that Massachusetts is doing great — and then he and his staff promptly left.

Wondering where they’ve been? Fortunately, they’ve left a trail. They like to pay for their travels with the American Express card of Romney’s otherwise useless gubernatorial-campaign fund. And those AmEx charges become public record.

The Phoenix has put together Romney’s itinerary based on his most recent AmEx report, covering January 20 through February 19 and spanning eight states other than the one he governs. The month’s bill came to $30,732.20, only $6256.76 of which was spent in Massachusetts. Travel expenses included $11,907.50 on hotels, $8365.20 on air travel, $2688.24 on rental cars and gas, and $1353.55 on food and supplies.

Since most of us are stuck in the state Romney can’t wait to leave, this little exercise allows us to travel with him vicariously. What is Clayton, Missouri, like in early February? How many cars can you rent in Taylor, Michigan, for $1023? Who got stuck in the $86 Cleveland hotel room?

And where will Mitt and his staff go next? With nearly $150,000 left in the campaign fund, the adventures are sure to continue. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1/20  
1/22  
1/23  
1/23  
1/24  
1/25  
1/25  
1/28  
1/28  
1/30  
1/30  
1/31  
1/31  
1/31  
2/1  
2/1  
2/1  
2/1
2/2  
2/3  
2/3  
2/5  
2/5  
2/5  
2/6  
2/7  
2/7  
2/8  
2/10  
2/10  
2/14  
2/14  
All month

Omaha, Nebraska  
Omaha, Nebraska  
Omaha, Nebraska  
Palm Beach, Florida  
West Palm Beach, Florida 
Cleveland, Ohio   
Washington, DC   
Madison Heights, Michigan 
New York, New York  
New York, New York  
Washington, DC   
Washington, DC   
New York, New York  
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 
Washington, DC   
New York, New York  
Birmingham, Michigan 
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 
Royal Oak, Michigan  
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 
Clayton, Missouri  
Romulus, Michigan  
Washington, DC   
Taylor, Michigan  
Clayton, Missouri  
St. Louis, Missouri  
Detroit, Michigan  
Berkeley, Missouri  
Waterford, Michigan  
Concord, New Hampshire

food  
hotel, car 
hotel  
food  
car  
hotel  
food  
hotel  
hotel  
hotel  
hotel, food 
car  
hotel, food  
supplies 
hotel, food  
hotel  
food  
food  
food  
gas  
food  
hotel  
food  
hotel  
hotel  
car  
hotel  
food  
food  
car  
car  
hotel
misc. airline fares

$93.18
$1387.19, $592.14
$286.72
$73.49
$159.62
$86.27
$98.50
$2178.32
$309.00
$993.65
$1330.09, $56.09
$183.67
$458.24, $93.65
$65.69
$303.43, $71.30
$240.45
$179.88
$217.91
$85.47
$61.31
$96.88
$3557.73
$56.24
$283.86
$173.57
$1023.41
$124.88
$91.17
$74.10
$85.11
$582.98
$194.10
$8365.20
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$24,475.44

 

 

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