Missouri officials traveled world at others' expense

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (AP) - Missouri's top elected officials traveled the world last year at the expense of others - largely to see how government works in other countries.

Reports filed with the Missouri Ethics Commission show statewide officials took trips in 2009 to Brazil, Canada, Germany, Israel, Lebanon, Spain, Taiwan and the Caymen Islands. The tab often was picked up by nonprofit organizations or foreign governments.

Treasurer Clint Zweifel (ZWY'-fel) took nearly $16,000 worth of trips funded through fellowships for young leaders. Secretary of State Robin Carnahan ranked second with nearly $12,000 of travel paid for by other groups, including both foreign and domestic trips.

Attorney General Chris Koster and Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder also reported trips paid for by foreign governments.

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