Horse Slaughter Lover “Dinky” Zinke booked government helicopters to attend D.C. events

“‘Dinky’ Zinke used taxpayer-funded vehicles from the U.S. Park Police to help accommodate his political events schedule…the Ego continues to swell…along with the head!!!” – R.T.

“I loves my dead stuffed animals, even if I didn’t kills them myself!”

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke spent more than $14,000 on government helicopters this summer to take himself and staff to and from official events near Washington, D.C., in order to accommodate his attendance at a swearing-in ceremony for his replacement in Congress and a horseback ride with Vice President Mike Pence, according to previously undisclosed official travel documents.

The travel logs, released to POLITICO via a Freedom of Information Act request, show Zinke using taxpayer-funded vehicles from the U.S. Park Police to help accommodate his political events schedule.

In a case detailed in the new documents, Zinke ordered a U.S. Park Police helicopter to take him and his chief of staff, Scott Hommel, to an emergency management exercise in Shepherdstown, W.Va., on June 21.

Zinke’s staff justified the $8,000 flight by saying official business would prevent him leaving Washington before 2 p.m., too late to make the two-hour drive to the exercise, according to the documents.

The event that prevented Zinke from leaving before 2 p.m. was the swearing-in ceremony for Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-Mont.), according to Zinke’s official Interior calendar. Gianforte, who won a special election for Zinke’s old seat in May after assaulting a reporter, contributed along with his wife $15,800 to Zinke’s two congressional campaigns.

“Secretary Zinke’s last engagement in Washington D.C. is at 2 p.m.,” an Interior staffer wrote as justification for using the helicopter. “Driving to [the West Virginia event] would not enable him to be on time and fully participate as scheduled.”

Interior defended the trips.

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/12/07/ryan-zinke-helicopters-dc-212730

4 comments

  1. “In 1921, President Warren G. Harding, R, at the behest of the oil barons who financed his election, appointed Albert Bacon Fall to be his secretary of the Interior.”
    “Like Zinke, Fall didn’t hesitate to accept gifts from oil tycoons in exchange for regulatory handouts. Back then, however, this was called bribery, and Fall ultimately went to jail…”
    “Interior Department’s return to the ‘Robber Baron’ years”
    http://list.hcn.org/dm?id=2646EA43798B4C129A4B6522C072B5F24FE0885A385AD923

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  2. I’m no Zinke fan, but NPS is part of the DOI, so his use of department transportation methods doesn’t strike me as unusual. We taxpayers are paying for them all, along with his salary, none unexpected or out of the ordinary.

    I am more puzzled about why Pence was paid (by us) to be horseback, something pretty risky for someone a heartbeat away from being President. No reason is given in the article for Pence’s pony ride.

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