Gee whiz, look all the liberals got their campaign hotlink item at the same time from huffpost.
From the "article".....
In October 2007, Palin brought daughter Bristol along on a trip to New York for a women's leadership conference. Plane tickets from Anchorage to La Guardia Airport for $1,385.11 were billed to the state, records show, and mother and daughter shared a room for four nights at the $707.29-per-night Essex House hotel, which overlooks Central Park.
$176 a night overlooking central park. Good deal? You betcha.
In July, the governor charged the state $2,741.26 to take Bristol and Piper to Philadelphia for a meeting of the National Governors Association. The girls had their own room for five nights at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel for $215.46 a night, expense records show.
That sounds like the least cost you can get away with at that hotel (which was, I presume, the location of the governor's association annual meeting). Mom's got a job that requires travel, and mom's got responsibilities with children, so mom takes children. You elected her, you pay the miniscule bill. Grab tissue - wipe eyes.
In addition to the commercial flights, the children have traveled dozens of times with Palin on a state plane. For these flights, the total cost of operating the plane, at $971 an hour, was about $55,000, according to state flight logs. The cost of operating the state plane does not increase when the children join their mother.
$971 per hour? And this passes as -huge- to the aviation oriented people of this website?
The state is already reviewing nearly $17,000 in per diem payments to Palin for more than 300 nights she slept at her own home, 40 miles from her satellite office in Anchorage.
$56 dollars per night. I know how much hotels cost and so do all you well travelled people.
What we have in this article is severe omission. That's why the numbers are so extraordinarily small. That was all that could be dredged up for who knows how much was spent to dig it all up. Not a very good deal for the buck if you ask me.
If we knew the whole story, we'd agree that this governor and her necessary children use extraordinary thrift-ability when arranging travels....compared to every other mainland governor hands down.
All I can say is