New York Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney spent tens of thousands of dollars in travel expenses during the pandemic despite suspending in-person campaign events and telling his constituents to “stay home,” a report said.
For nine months, beginning in March 2020 — the onset of the pandemic — the Democratic lawmaker spent $29,000 on “ground transportation” and “automobile expenses,” according to financial disclosures obtained by The Washington Free Beacon.
The spending came after Maloney urged residents in his upstate district to stay home and “stop spreading the virus,” the report said.
The majority of the spending, $20,000 of it, went towards lease and insurance payments.
Gas expenses totaled $2,200, and $2,100 was spent on rental car fees. Collision repairs and a satellite radio subscription accounted for the remaining disbursements.
Meanwhile, neighboring congressman, Rep. Antonio Delgado, whose New York district is nearly six times the size of Maloney’s, did not disclose any car-related expenses last year, the report said.
Maloney did not respond to a request for comment from the publication.
Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust Executive Director Kendra Arnold told the Free Beacon that the expenditures raised “red flags.”
Arnold said Maloney “has a duty to explain” the expenses.