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Jet-Setter: Mayor Pete Racks Up Huge Private Jet Bill

The South Bend mayor brought in more cash than any other 2020 Democrat in the second quarter of the year. But he also racked up hundreds of thousands of dollars in private flights.

By NTK Staff | 07.25.2019 @9:27am
Jet-Setter: Mayor Pete Racks Up Huge Private Jet Bill

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN) spent about $300,000 on private jet travel this year according to campaign finance data and an Associated Press report.

That figure tops every other Democrat running for president, and it’s made him a target for criticism.

Former Vice President Joe Biden finished a close second, spending $256,000 on private jet travel. To brush back potential criticism, however, Biden’s team claimed that “carbon offsets purchased to reduce environmental damage from combusted jet fuel contributed to the high cost.”

Hillary Clinton, the Democrat’s 2016 presidential nominee, similarly claimed she purchased carbon offsets for her extensive private jet travel, but her campaign finance documents did not provide evidence of such an expense.

Former Clinton staffers criticized Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) earlier this year for racking up $342,000 in private jet flights in the two years that followed the 2016 Democratic primary.

Buttigieg is taking similar heat from other 2020 rivals for his lavish spending.

The spending could come up during the Democratic debates next week when Buttigieg shares a stage with Beto O’Rourke , who already took an apparent poke at him over the matter.

“No private planes for this campaign,” the former Texas congressman said in a video posted to social media on Monday that was filmed while O’Rourke was aboard a commercial plane waiting for takeoff. “We’re putting your $5, $10, $15 to use and making sure we make the most out of every penny that’s committed to this campaign.”

According to the Associated Press, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) spent $60,000 on private jets, Sanders spent $18,000, and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) spent $17,000.

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