Overtime Bills Inflated Perry Security Costs

Overtime pay for the officers who protect Gov. Rick Perry skyrocketed while he and his family were on the presidential campaign trail, new records indicate.

The overtime pay details, obtained by The Texas Tribune under the Texas Public Information Act, have increased the security costs well beyond the amounts released so far by the Texas Department of Public Safety. The agency has been releasing travel-related security costs as the bills come in and get filed for reimbursement, but those disclosures don't include the amount of overtime paid out, DPS spokesman Tom Vinger said.

In the six months in which Perry ...

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