Tom Price: Pay Back Taxpayer Money Spent on Chartered Flights

Target: Tom Price, Secretary of Health and Human Services

Goal: Pay back U.S. Treasury for charter flights.

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price has stated that he will only pay back 12 percent of the $400,000 in taxpayer money he spent on chartered flights recently. Price had initially promised that taxpayers wouldn’t pay a dime for his seat, but said nothing about the cost of the staff and security officials that accompanied him.

This is an outrage. Price not only used valuable taxpayer money on himself, but he lied by omission. A good portion of the chartered flights he spent that money on were for personal use, and he spent far more for the officials to accompany him than on the seats themselves. The hundreds of thousands of dollars Price spent on his own needs could have been used to fund far more pressing causes in this country, such as aid for the states and countries ravaged by hurricanes, or the department Price himself heads.

It is unethical for an elected official to spend that kind of money on themselves without replenishing it. Even President Trump is reportedly displeased with Price’s actions. Sign this petition to demand Price pay back the U.S. Treasury in full for what he spent on his flights.


Dear Secretary Price,

Your refusal to pay taxpayers back in full for what you spent on chartered flights is unethical and selfish. You lied by omission, claiming the taxpayers would not pay for your seat, but said nothing of the hundreds of thousands of dollars you spent hiring staff and security officials to accompany you. The money you spent could have gone to far better use, particularly towards funding the Department of Health and Human Services.

The 12 percent you have offered as compensation is nowhere near enough. Even President Trump, whose proposed tax cuts for the wealthy threaten to take money from the pockets of the working class, is displeased with your selfish actions. You must not only pay back the Treasury in full for what you have used on yourself, but apologize to the taxpayers for your lie.


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  1. I wish there was a way that this smug, hypocritical bastard could be criminally charged. At the very least a civil judgment for every penny that the tax payers have shelled out for this creep’s travel expenses should be filed. I would like to see something closer to the the one million dollars actually incurred, not the woefully inadequate $51,000 Price has offered.

  2. I agree with the above statement completely!

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