Scott Walker's campaign has reimbursed travel-related costs

Gov. Scott Walker's campaign has reimbursed the state for all travel-related security costs during his presidential campaign.

Gov. Scott Walker’s presidential campaign has reimbursed the state $135,000 for the governor’s taxpayer-funded security detail during his presidential run last year, the Department of Administration said Monday.

That brings the total recovered by the state for his political travel-related security last year to nearly $260,000, which Walker and his administration say represents the total amount the state has billed to his campaign.

The $135,000 repaid by his presidential campaign includes mileage reimbursement, political travel-related security expenses such as hotel and airfare and half of the Internet expenses incurred at the Governor’s Mansion during the campaign period.

DOA spokesman Jim Dick noted none of those reimbursements is required by state law.

Walker campaign spokesman Joe Fadness said the reimbursement will be reflected in the next filing with the Federal Election Commission, due on Jan. 31.

As of December, Walker’s campaign and political nonprofit group, Our American Revival, had previously paid about $125,000 to the state for airfare, hotels and other travel-related expenses incurred by his security team.

His political nonprofit said in April that it would reimburse the state for those costs.

It is not repaying the state for any salary or benefits because the security team provides protection 24 hours a day regardless of where Walker travels.

Last year, the state paid the security team more than $570,000 in overtime back pay.

The U.S. Labor Department found the state had not been properly compensating the nine members of the dignitary protection unit for routinely working 50, 60 and sometimes more than 70 hours in a week.

The investigation covered a period from May 2013 to May 2015, which included a time when Walker was traveling extensively to explore a potential presidential run.

The campaign itself lasted 71 days beginning in July.

When the campaign ended on Sept. 21, Walker reportedly still had more than $1 million in campaign debt to retire.

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