Gov. Martin O’Malley’s administration spent more than $144,000 on his recent economic development trip to Asia, according to a partial accounting released Friday.
The tally included travel, lodging and meals associated with O’Malley (D) and four other people on the 10-day trip, as well as the cost of several banquets and receptions and other miscellaneous items.
The figure, which was somewhat higher than a $100,000 estimate floated recently by a top aide, did not include expenses associated with State Police troopers assigned to protect O’Malley who accompanied him on the trip.
At a recent press briefing, O’Malley said the trip, which included stops in China, South Korea and Vietnam, had already yielded $85 million worth of direct foreign investments in Maryland.
The $144,000 in costs tallied by the administration were paid by the state Department of Business and Economic Development.
Besides O’Malley, those included in the tally included Sam Clark, an aide who routinely accompanies the governor; Christian Johansson, secretary of the department; Brad Gillenwater, the department’s Asia regional manager; and David Lee, director of ethic commissions.
The total spent on airfare, meals and incidentals for those five came to $42,975, according to the document released by O’Malley’s office.
Hotel, banquet and reception costs were $63,280 in China, $22,395 in South Korea and $10,580 in Vietnam. Another $4,856 was attributed to business cards and booklets printed for the trade trip.