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The Clintons' midterm travel expenses topped $1.5 million

Bill and Hillary Clinton fly by private jet with a security detail and aides. And it gets expensive.

A Politico review of campaign filings found that campaigns and political committees spent more than $1.5 million to fly Bill and Hillary Clinton to various states via private jet to help stump for Democrats during the 2014 midterm season.

The tally includes $44,360 the final weekend of the campaign for a plane in Iowa. That was when Bill Clinton did a fly-around for failed Democratic Senate hopeful Bruce Braley. There was also a $21,801 charge that weekend to Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu's unsuccessful reelection campaign, a POLITICO review found. [Politico]

While it would be illegal for the Clintons to pay for their own travel on behalf of another's campaign, Politico notes that more than 60 payments were made to a company called Executive Fliteways over the course of 2013 and 2014.

The report also showed that "a number of other potential candidates for 2016 flew commercial in their travels for candidates in the midterms."