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AP's New SMEAR: RP travels 1st Class! Without citing that he returns $141k/yr to Treasury!

They're getting so desperate it's ridiculous!

Makes one wonder, shouldn't they actually hire an accountant or an actuarian before doing pieces like this?

Right, IF their intention weren't for it to be a hitpiece. My bad. What was I thinking? Of course, it'd be a Black Swan for MSM to write up a favorable piece on Dr. Paul, let alone a fair one.

I think WaPo's AP story was stupid enough to have an open comment section. Takeout some popcorn & QWERTY away!

Comment of the Day ;)
Well, he tried to catch a ride in a kennel on top of Mitt's car
...but apparently those tickets were all booked up
~ AtlasSwims

Ron Paul wants big spending cuts as president, spends big on first-class travel in Congress

By Associated Press, Updated: Monday, January 16, 1:40 AM

WASHINGTON — Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul has been spending large amounts on airfare as a congressman, flying first class on dozens of taxpayer-funded flights to his home state. The practice conflicts with the image that Paul portrays as the only presidential candidate serious about cutting federal spending.

Paul flew first class on at least 31 round-trip flights and 12 one-way flights since May 2009 when he was traveling between Washington and his district in Texas, according to a review by The Associated Press of his congressional office expenses. Four other round-trip tickets and two other one-way tickets purchased during the period were eligible for upgrades to first-class after they were bought, but those upgrades would not be documented in the expense records.
Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012.

Paul, whose distrust of big government is the centerpiece of his presidential campaign, trusts the more expensive government rate for Continental Airlines when buying his tickets. Paul chose not to buy the cheaper economy tickets at a fraction of the price because they aren’t refundable or as flexible for scheduling, his congressional staff said...

Washington, DC: Congressman Ron Paul has returned $141,580 of unspent office funds to the US Treasury. This represents just over 9% of the total office funds, and an increase over the $100,000 returned last year.

Ron Paul Returns Unused Portion of Office Budget to US Treasury

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Lawrence O'Donnell just

Lawrence O'Donnell just defended Ron Paul's travel and ripped the AP's story. Don't always like or trust the man, but did good by us tonight.

However the next story is about a pimp and 2 prostitutes who are endorsing a GOP candidate...Now I'm a little nervous because I know the Bunny Ranch loves RP...Just don't need it in prime time.

Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.
John Adams

Amazing smear where overall cost is less.

Paul did book in advance to get the better rate and second purchased refundable tickets.. It is amazing that the POTUS salary is going to be $39,336 Let see office returned $141,000 (real return). Now the house salary is 174,000 and Ron Paul refused the pension which in his case would be $139,200 a year... Now I don't know about health insurance but..

The AP is really doing a favor to Ron Paul by displaying their ignorance. This like the "isolationist" vs. non interventionist ONLY HELPS... This attack and continued media blackout is going to move Paul up another 5%..

POTUS and Willard both receive over a billion(Obama campaign)and Who knows what Willard has.. Goldman Sachs is the largest contributor to both campaigns.


ROFL!!! In this era of hardcore CORRUPTION by politicians at

every level, THIS is the most damning thing they can come up with on Ron Paul???

This is not the most damning evidence against Dr. Paul.

When they finally out Dr. Paul for not brown bagging his lunches, THEN you will know they are out of ammunition.

Things are only impossible until they are not.
-- Jean Luc Picard

most rock stars

travel first class - buncha butt heads - what would you expect?

It's In The Washington Post Now

And is the first story to come up when you Google Ron Paul.

Patrick Pexton is the ombudsman for the Washington Post. His job is to represent readers when it comes to "accuracy, fairness, ethics and the newsgathering process".

Let's contact him: 202 334 7582, ombudsman@washpost.com

Also: http://www.ap.org/pages/contact/contact.html

"Bipartisan: both parties acting in concert to put both of their hands in your pocket."-Rothbard

Doctor travels first class.

Wow, that should be breaking news.

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Posted there:

Honest reporting is an oxymoron.

"Taking another step forward in 2011, the Texas congressman and darling of the more libertarian, Tea Party wing of the Republican Party is continuing to walk the walk, returning a whopping $140,000 in unused office funds to the U.S. Treasury for the purpose of paying down the national debt. The sum is nearly 10% of his office funds and a 40% increase over the $100,000 he returned last year."
"In 2009, Ron Paul returned $90,000 from his office budget, and in 2008, he returned $58,000. It seems that with each passing year the 2008 presidential contender returns a little more of his congressional office budget to the Treasury, though as an ardent critic of the Federal Reserve and its inflationary monetary policy, Ron Paul might quip that he’s just trying to keep up with inflation."

What's the next vital AP expose?

Perhaps next the intrepid journalists at AP can uncover the shocking truth behind Ron Paul drinking all that expensive bottled water.

With tap water plentiful and free, Ron Paul continues to drink bottled water at his campaign events. Why, isn't tap water good enough for him? Inquiring minds want to know!

AP is something, what it isn't is journalism.

It's the flouride.

Just saying...

This says more about AP and any newspaper who picks up the story

than it does about Ron Paul

Ha ha ha ha ha........this is so funny

Desperate ....but here is the thing, first class vs coach is silly and nothing that voters care about.

if he was taking a private jet or a military transport then it would be an issue, not to mention all the money he gives back to the Goverment.

Real issue

Is the fact that this story is major news not the Tom Davis endorsement...amazing that they can get away with it

these stories about our polititians travel habits

and vacations always confuse me. I mean these people literally vote on trillion dollar budgets, and the news wants to make a big story about a few thousand dollars.

Talk about being penny smart and dollar stupid. d

It's straight out of Alinsky.

Rule 4: Make opponents live up to their own book of rules. “You can kill them with this, for they can no more obey their own rules than the Christian church can live up to Christianity.

(...and before anyone votes me down for pointing this out, let me just state that I'm not endorsing this. This is just how these people operate. )

This is an opportunity to enlighten!

I am new to DP as a member, but have been an avid RP fan since coming on board last summer. It is great to be here and participate in the cause of liberty!

Regarding this AP smear, I feel like it is a great opportunity to bring Dr. Paul's fiscal responsibility to the forefront. Anyone business person who travels much (an excellent demographic to reach by the way) knows about purchasing full fare tickets in order to have travel flexibility. This is no brainer stuff! The fact that the AP has decided to call Dr. Paul's fiscal integrity into question was THEIR biggest mistake. Now, and for free, Dr. Paul's campaign will be allowed to make comment after comment about how and why this method of travel is fiscally responsible AND be able to throw in some juicy tidbits about returning a portion of his staff budget to the treasury each year.

This issue is no longer just a bullet point on a super brochure! I absolutely love the vetting process when I'm backing a candidate of integrity! The media painting his record with negative bias just ends up looking incredibly petty and unintelligent.

What an incredible time and an incredible cause!

I never realized how much individual liberty I had lost until the day I tried to exercise it.

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I recall

Olbombya and his wife took separate planes to Hawaii for vacation.


they took seperate planes to martha's vineyard for vacation- even tho they left only four hours apart!!!
lame stream media "forgot" to make that a big deal.....


ron in 12!

Man if this is all they got

Man if this is all they got going into SC it will be smooth sailing.

they tried this once already before IA caucus

When Dr. Paul made 3 appearances in one day, with hundreds of miles apart. He used a private jet.

It truly is desperation for the MSM now.

DID NOT purchase first class tickets!

Headline: "spends big on first class travel"

Truth: (revealed in article): purchased refundable tickets, so that flexibility in travel is permitted. (Business travelers also do this.)

Ron managed to fly first class only because he was able to upgrade, via the airline's frequent flyer program.

I didn't realize he flew so often - poor guy. No wonder he hates TSA.

I suppose WaPo would snidely suggest he's not really frugal even if he got super-saver flights. It's cheaper to hitchhike, after all!

(And wouldn't you love to be the lucky b@stard that gave Ron a ride from DC to Texas?!? That would be so cool!)

I'm voting for Peace.

Do you have an e-mail address ?

Or a contact for the person that wrote the inaccurate story ?

What can I say, everything

What can I say, everything about Ron Paul is first-class!

If you walk blindly through life, you will run into a lot of walls.

This made me laugh!

This made me laugh!

Flying first class on a

Flying first class on a commercial jet is still a lot cheaper than using military jets for personal travel, as Nancy Pelosi is wont to do.

My guess is that most congressmen fly first class at taxpayer expense, including Gingrich and Santorum. But they don't return money to the Treasury every year the way Ron Paul does.

Why post this shit?

I still don't understand why we post links to garbage.

simple: KNOW thy enemy

it's called propaganda vigilance.

nothing more, nothing less.

Predictions in due Time...

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul

I Agree It Is Garbage But on the other hand We need to be inform

-ed and prepared when potential Ron Paul supporters ask us about accusations against Ron Paul.


Haha, how lame

I would really like to see how he matches up against all others in congress.