IDP Calls on Branstad to Explain “Outrageous” Travel Costs by Economic Development Director

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DES MOINES – Iowa Democratic Party Executive Director Troy Price issued the following statement after a WHO-TV investigation revealed that Iowa Economic Development Director Debi Durham spent more than $75,000 in taxpayer dollars on lavish trips around the country and abroad.

“This is an outrageous use of state taxpayer dollars,” said IDP Executive Director Troy Price.  “When Governor Branstad turned our state’s economic development efforts over to his donors, supporters, and cronies these types of abuses were bound to happen.  This is one more example of taxpayers having to cover the costs of Branstad’s failed policies. Governor Branstad should stand up, take responsibility, explain why his office approved these trips, and tell us what steps they are going to take to prevent abuses like this from happening in the future.  Iowa taxpayers deserve no less.”

WHO-TV Investigation found that Durham had spent more than $75,000 on travel expenses in one fiscal year, eclipsing the amount spent by her predecessor by $30,000.  Included in her travels was a trip to Europe to a conference she never went to, first class plane tickets, and sight-seeing trips that included a private tour of a convent.

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