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Rick Perry Used Campaign Cash to Finance His Wife's Travels

  • Anita Perry acccompanied Energy secretary on official trips
  • Political action committee paid at least $60,000 for flights
Rick Perry, former governor of Texas, sits with his wife Anita Thigpen Perry before the start of a Senate hearing in Washington on Jan. 19, 2017.

Rick Perry, former governor of Texas, sits with his wife Anita Thigpen Perry before the start of a Senate hearing in Washington on Jan. 19, 2017.

Photographer: Pete Marovich/Bloomberg

Energy Secretary Rick Perry has used tens of thousands of dollars in campaign cash left over from his days as Texas governor to pay for his wife, Anita, to accompany him on his official travels around the world.

Perry’s political action committee has paid for Anita Perry’s trips to Paris, Vienna, Rome, and Cape Town, according to financial disclosure forms posted online by the Texas Ethics Commission.