Patriot Act tour carried a hefty price tag

Wednesday, 13 October 2004, 1:46 PM EST

He may not have trashed any hotel rooms, but U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft spent over $200,000 of taxpayer money in a four-week, 31-city tour last year promoting the controversial USA PATRIOT Act, according to a report by Congressional auditors released Tuesday.

Ashcroft launched the PR effort in August 2003 in the face of growing criticism of the surveillance law, elements of which are set to expire next year.

By Kevin Poulsen at SecurityFocus.

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