The oversight committee in charge of monitoring the use of taxpayer funds for presidential campaigns has recently targeted South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg for his “disturbing pattern” of air travel safety failures. The committee claims that Buttigieg’s campaign incurred more than $25,000 in expenses which failed to meet the Federal Aviation Administration’s minimum safety standards for air travel.
The committee has also accused Buttigieg of violating a directive from the Federal Election Commission that requires campaign to cover the costs of air travel that meets the minimum standards set by the FAA. The committee has requested that Buttigieg provide a detailed accounting of all air travel expenses and reimburse the campaign for any non-compliant expenses to the government.
The committee has also warned Buttigieg that the failure to satisfactorily respond to its request could lead to serious legal penalties. This situation highlights the importance for any presidential campaign to take extra care to ensure that all travel expenses comply with applicable laws and regulations. This will help ensure that taxpayer funds are being used only for safe and compliant air travel.