According to documents obtained by Capitol Hill publication Roll Call, presidential hopeful Ron Paul received duplicate payments from taxpayers, nonprofits, and political organizations for eight flights between Washington, D.C., and his Texas Congressional district.
Spokesman Jesse Benton acknowledged the possibility that "wholly inadvertent errors were made in a handful of instances," as quoted by the news source. However, he denied that taxpayer funds had been misused, suggesting apparent duplications may have been caused by a campaign staffer or Paul's wife traveling with him.
Benton also noted that the examples presented to him by Roll Call pertained to trips taken in 1999 and 2005 – before the current time periods for which the Internal Revenue Service and Federal Election Commission require records of expenditures to be kept.
"This stuff is so old, we don't even have full records," Benton told the news source. Additionally, he questioned the legality of how the media outlet obtained the credit card receipts in question.
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