Washington Post: Interior secretary spoke at Lake Tahoe before taking chartered flight
September 30, 2017
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke spoke to a conservative legal group at Lake Tahoe days before chartering a plane owned by oil-and-gas executives, according to reporting by the Washington Post.
Zinke and his staffers flew from Las Vegas to Kalispell, Mont., in June. The Post reports they flew aboard a private plane owned by the executives of a Wyoming oil-and-gas exploration firm.
Zinke flew to Las Vegas on a commercial Southwest Airlines jet from Reno. The previous night, Zinke spoke in Lake Tahoe at a meeting hosted by the Rule of Law Defense Fund, a group that the Post described as “a conservative group of attorneys general backed by the Koch brothers.”
An Interior Department spokeswoman told the Post the flight cost taxpayers $12,375. Zinke oversees a department tasked with the management of federal public lands.
"Zinke was in the Las Vegas area that day after flying on a commercial Southwest Airlines jet from Reno, Nev., where he spoke the night before at a nearby dinner in Lake Tahoe held by the Rule of Law Defense Fund, a conservative group of attorneys general backed by the Koch brothers."
Reporting by Politico, the Washington Post and others has revealed multiple occasions in which members of President Donald Trump’s cabinet have forgone commercial flights, leaving taxpayers to foot larger bills.
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