CLC Submits FOIA for Records of Lavish Tom Price Private-Jet Expenses
Secretary Price broke with HHS precedent by spending $60,000 for transportation over three days
WASHINGTON – Today, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to obtain records about Secretary Tom Price’s travel. News reports indicate Price took five chartered flights between September 13 and September 15, 2017, which cost taxpayers upwards of $60,000. CLC is requesting records on an expedited timetable in order to shed light on the approval processes behind Secretary Price’s exceptionally expensive trips.
“Taxpayers should not be expected to foot the bill for chartered flights when less expensive means of travel are easily accessible,” said Larry Noble, senior director and general counsel at CLC. “Price’s use of chartered planes is consistent with the tone set from the White House on ethics, which lead Steve Mnuchin to attempt to use military aircraft for his European honeymoon. The public deserves to know who approved Secretary Price’s private jet trips on their dime – and how those conclusions were reached.”