ST. PAUL (AP) -- When President Bush appears at a fund raiser for former St. Paul Mayor Norm Coleman's Senate campaign Monday evening, the Minnesota Republican Party will have to pay only part of the president's travel costs.
An unnamed White House official told the Star Tribune of Minneapolis that taxpayers would pick up part of the tab because the fund-raising appearance was being coordinated with an unrelated public event.
The Bush visit includes a speech at Eden Prairie High School to tout his education agenda.
Former Presidents Clinton, Bush and Reagan also used "official visits" to travel freely about the country for campaign purposes.
Coleman will fly with President Bush to Minnesota. Coleman was spending the weekend in Washington after speaking at a luncheon of donors to the National Republican Senatorial Committee. He will join Bush at the high school before they attend the fund-raiser that could raise $1 million for Coleman's campaign.
Bush will appear at two receptions, one for donors of at least $2,500, the other for $1,000 donors.
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