Security for Perry's Asia Trip Topped $129,000
WASHINGTON - MAY 03: Texas Governor Rick Perry participates in a U.S. Chamber of Commerce summit on "the role of free enterprise in job creation" at the chamber May 3, 2010 in Washington, DC. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce released a study before the summit highlighting "free enterprise principles," including entrepreneurship, open trade and competitive tax rates, benefit states when creating jobs. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Rick Perry
State-paid security officers who protect Gov. Rick Perry on out-of-state trips generated more than $129,000 in expenses for his weeklong trip to Asia in June.
The governor's office has been fighting in court to keep details of security costs secret for his travel. But The Associated Press obtained totals for the trip to China, Taiwan and Korea on Monday following requests under the state's open records laws.
Expense totals by category for Texas Department of Public Safety officers included airfare, hotels, meals and overtime.
Perry -- who's been criticized by political opponents for his out-of-state travel -- has said his trip led to increased exposure for Texas business opportunities in Asia.
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