Security for Perry's Asia trip topped $129,000

September 20, 2010 12:17:50 PM PDT
State-paid security officers who protect Gov. Rick Perry on out-of-state trips generated more than $129,000 in expenses for his weeklong trip to Asia in June.

The governor's office has been fighting in court to keep details of security costs secret for his travel. But The Associated Press obtained totals for the trip to China, Taiwan and Korea on Monday following requests under the state's open records laws.

Expense totals by category for Texas Department of Public Safety officers included airfare, hotels, meals and overtime.

Perry -- who's been criticized by political opponents for his out-of-state travel -- has said his trip led to increased exposure for Texas business opportunities in Asia.