South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegScaled-back Pride Month poses challenges for fundraising, outreach Biden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE (D) has spent more than any other 2020 Democratic presidential contender on private flights, according to a new analysis.
An Associated Press review of campaign finance records found that Buttigieg’s campaign has spent about $300,000 on private jet travel this year.
The distance from Buttigieg’s campaign’s headquarters in South Bend to major airports has sometimes made the private flights necessary, his campaign told the AP.
“We are careful with how we spend our money, and we fly commercial as often as possible,” said spokesman Chris Meagher. “We only fly noncommercial when the schedule dictates.”
By comparison, former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE’s campaign spent about $256,000 on charter flight expenses. His campaign told the AP that carbon offsets bought to lessen the environmental impact of flying were part of the reason for the total amount.
The Hill has reached out to the Biden and Buttigieg campaigns for additional comment.
Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.) spent about $60,000 on private planes, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.) spent $18,000 and Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook McEnany says Juneteenth is a very ‘meaningful’ day to Trump MORE (D-Calif.) spent $17,000.
Buttigieg’s campaign also spent about $110,000 at a Hilton hotel in Miami during the first Democratic debate last month, an amount that covered lodging and the use of conference rooms.
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Buttigieg was the top fundraiser among 2020 Democratic candidates in the second quarter of 2019, bringing in $24.8 million. He spent money at a slower rate than other White House hopefuls, the AP reported, with a “burn rate” of about 35 percent of what it raised that quarter.