AUSTIN (AP) - Texas has spent more than $250,000 to provide security for Governor Rick Perry and his wife during international trips.
That's according to figures obtained by the San Antonio Express-News.
The Texas Department of Public Safety has spent the money on the Governor Protective Detail for nine trips since 2004.
Most of the trips were touted as economic development missions.
But the security tally also includes a Grand Cayman vacation last year and a 2004 trip to the Bahamas with campaign donors that the governor's office said was to discuss education.
The figures don't include Perry's direct expenses, which are paid for by other private means.
Perry spokesman Robert Black says the governor's travel is important to advancing his economic development agenda.
Perry's security expenses are lower than those racked up by former Governor George W. Bush, whose campaign for the White House added to the costs.
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