Perry's security bill for presidential run grows

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Associated Press

Posted on July 6, 2012 at 9:44 PM

Updated Sunday, Jul 8 at 2:33 AM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — State security agents who protected Gov. Rick Perry as he crisscrossed the country running for president have filed for an additional $104,000-plus in backlogged travel expenses.

That raises Texas taxpayers' cost of Perry's failed White House bid to at least $3.7 million.

The Texas Department of Public Safety reported Friday spending about $104,000 on airfare, food, fuel, lodging and other travel expenses as it protected the governor between September and January.

Perry entered the race last August and called off his campaign in January.

Reports released in March showed the agency paid more than $1.8 million in travel expenses during that time. It spent an additional $1.8 million on overtime compensation.

This latest report includes additional travel expenses that weren't processed in time to make the March report.

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