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  • Who Knew? DOT Tracks Presidential Candidates' Airline Bills
    Posted by Jim Asker 3:26 PM on Mar 21, 2012

    Candidates for president in the U.S. can rack up huge campaign debts, sometimes taking years after the election to pay them off. Airlines are often left holding the bag.

    That has been well known for decades. But it took The Washington Post's "In the Loop" column to bring to light that somebody deep in the bowels of the federal bureaucracy actually keeps track of who owes what to the airlines. The inside the Beltway crowd has long been a fan of the cloumn, which is written by Al Kamen with Emily Heil. 

    Follow this link to read the item on the Bureau of Transportation Statistics at the U.S. Transportation Department (DOT). You will have to read or scroll past the long lead item on former Defense Secretary Robert Gates to get to the item, which is labeled "Candidates' hidden fees." 

    There are no smoking pistols -- at least not yet -- but it is interesting that even the Federal Election Commission was unaware that these debts to airlines were being tracked. 

    Tags: tw99, DOT, elections, airlines

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