- Associated Press - Monday, May 23, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Records show that Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has used a state airplane to fly to Cuba and a University of Virginia basketball game in Chicago, among other destinations.

The Daily Press (https://bit.ly/1s4Hitp) obtained the Department of Aviation records by invoking the Freedom of Information Act to learn flights that McAuliffe or his cabinet members took since September.

McAuliffe took the plane all over Virginia, with short trips to Hampton Roads, the Shenandoah Valley and the District of Columbia.

The governor, first lady and three of their children also used it to travel to Chicago to watch U.Va’s basketball team play in the NCAA tournament. At the state-set rate of $985 per flight hour, the trip cost about $4,800. Spokesman Brian Coy said the trip was an official one, since McAuliffe was representing the state at the game.

In January McAuliffe traveled to Cuba, a trip that was months in the making. Virginia ships more agricultural goods to Cuba than any other state, and McAuliffe has said he wants that relationship to grow.

The Democrat will reimburse the state for two trips, both out-of-state weddings of political advisers, Coy said.

McAuliffe’s flights have been scrutinized since he used the plane last year to attend a U2 concert and former President Bill Clinton’s birthday party.

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Information from: Daily Press, https://www.dailypress.com/

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