Brewer, aides spend $32,000 on Europe trade trip
Web Producer: Ina Ronquillo
PHOENIX (AP) - Gov. Jan Brewer and two aides spent nearly $32,000 on a two-week trade promotion trip to Europe earlier this year, with thousands of dollars going for first-class air fares and hotel cancellation fees.
Brewer and the aides went to Britain, Germany and France in May and June for a conference, a trade seminar and other meetings.
Nearly half of the funding came from private sources. The rest came from tax dollars.
Trans-Atlantic air travel cost $14,000. A private funded commerce booster group paid to upgrade Brewer and her chief of staff to first class.
A state promotional account funded by private donations paid $4,160 in cancellation fees to a Paris hotel.
Spokesman Matthew Benson says Brewer's party stayed at a different hotel because the first wasn't suitable for business travel.
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