Michigan's Whitmer paid $27,521 for Florida trip using mix of donor fund, own cash, aide says
Added 05-15-21 12:29:02am EST - “Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer used funds from an inauguration-related nonprofit to pay for a $27,521 trip to Florida to visit her ailing father in March, her chief of staff clarified Friday.” - Foxnews.com
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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer used funds from an inauguration-related nonprofit to pay for a $27,521 trip to Florida to visit her ailing father in March, her chief of staff clarified Friday.
On Wednesday, the governor told reporters she had not used taxpayer funds for the trip and it was not a "gift," but refused to elaborate, FOX 2 in Detroit reported.
"She continued to carry out her duties as governor while she assisted her father [in Florida] with household duties like cooking and cleaning," JoAnne Huls, the governor's chief of staff, wrote in a memo to senior staff. "The governor’s flight was not a gift, not paid for at taxpayer expense, and was done in compliance with the law,"
"As chief of staff, I acknowledge we could have done a better job of answering questions about this trip with more clarity while also balancing the need to protect the governor’s security, and for that I take responsibility," Huls said in the memo.
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