BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS--Travel on a presidential campaign plane is very expensive for reporters. That's true for the Clinton, Obama and McCain press corps. Here's a sampling from the latest invoices I received Friday from the Obama campaign for the ATA charter that carries reporters, Obama staffers, Secret Service agents, crew and Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) on this latest campaign swing. For example, the price for the short hop in Texas between Dallas and Austin on Wednesday was $442.12.
The prices are first class plus--call it the candidate class premium. There are lots of meals and snacks.
And there are other pricey items each news organization has to pay, besides the charter bill: buses for ground transport at each stop, food at filing centers, internet connections, plus hotels. Last night the Obama travel press stayed at a Hilton in Houston for $175 the negotiated group rate.
Alas, no Obama miles.
from the Obama billing office...
Obama For President Press Billing - Invoice: OFP12397
Feb 28 2008 Flight: AUS - BPT $428.31
Feb 27 2008 Flight: DAL - AUS $442.12
Feb 27 2008 Flight: CMH - DAL $1,168.42
(Columbus, Ohio-Dallas, Texas
Obama For President Press Billing - Invoice: OFP12695
Feb 28 2008 Flight: BPT - FTW $581.32
(Beaumont-Fort Worth, Texas)
Feb 28 2008 Flight: FTW - HOU $494.93
(Fort Worth-Houston, Texas)