HELENA, Mont. — Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton put tens of thousands of miles on a state-owned pickup truck and used it extensively during weekends and holidays in addition to other travel that legislative auditors said violated state policy.

An Associated Press review of government documents found Stapleton used the 2015 GMC Sierra regularly to travel from Helena to his home in Billings for nine months after the use that was reviewed by state auditors.

Records show he also traveled thousands of miles in the pickup truck during weekends and holiday periods when he had no official events scheduled.

Stapleton declined requests for interviews and his office declined to respond to questions about his travel outside of official events and travel to his home in Billings to “telework.”

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