Gov. Jan Brewer and two aides spent nearly $32,000 on a two-week trade promotion trip to Europe earlier this year.
PHOENIX (CBS5/AP) -
An Arizona lawmaker is calling for full financial reports following Gov. Jan Brewer and two aides spending approximately $32,000 of tax dollars and donated money on a two-week trade promotion trip to Europe earlier this year, with thousands of dollars going for business class air fares and hotel cancellation fees.
On Thursday, House Minority Leader Chad Campbell, D-Phoenix, released a statement saying, "We don't have the full financial picture and to avoid any suspicion, each organization involved should make a full and complete financial disclosure. Transparency and oversight are the key elements missing from this equation."
Brewer and two aides went to Germany and France in late May and early June for a trade conference and seminars.
Tax dollars paid for most of the costs, but about 45 percent came from private donations.
Brewer spokesman Matthew Benson says that private money paid for the business class upgrade.
The private commerce booster account also paid nearly $4,200 in first-night lodging and cancellation fees to a Paris hotel.
Benson said Brewer's party changed hotels because the first hotel wasn't suitable for business travel.
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