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Grand Junction senator “double-dipped,” charging travel to both campaign and tax payers

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel

State Sen. Ray Scott represents Senate District 7.

GRAND JUNCTION – State Sen. Ray Scott of Grand Junction billed state taxpayers for more than $1,000 in Uber rides during this year’s legislative session — expenses he also claimed on his campaign finance account.

While the Grand Junction Republican later corrected his campaign account for all of those Denver Uber trips, he did so only after The Daily Sentinel questioned him about the discrepancies in the two filings.

“I gave my treasurer the wrong info,” he said in a text message.

Even though Scott had a vehicle at the Capitol when he was in Denver during the 120-day session, Scott used Uber 47 times at a cost of $1,801. He said all of those trips were for campaign purposes.

But 17 of them also were listed in his state travel expense reports during the four-month session. He was reimbursed by the state for those trips, all to Denver International Airport, for a total of $1,037, according to Scott’s travel reimbursement expense reports obtained by the Sentinel through a Colorado Open Records Act request. Those reimbursements were on top of money the state paid him in travel costs, including $11,811 worth of plane flights to and from Grand Junction.

Read more at the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel.