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State: Keep your cash, Kottkamp



TALLAHASSEE — Stung by criticism of his extensive taxpayer-funded travel, Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp offered to repay the state when a Florida Highway Patrol trooper escorts him to and from political events in a state car.

The state's response: no thanks. Keep your money.

Kottkamp, a Republican candidate for attorney general, is frequently on the road on official business and must balance the need to raise money and seek political support, always with a patrolman at his side and a state car at his disposal.

He wrote the state a check for $1,147, which he said represented the cost of mileage to and from political events in the three months ending Sept. 30 at the state reimbursement rate of 44.5 cents a mile. (story here)

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 1:07pm]


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