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Ron Paul Spent $1 Million on Charter Flights

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Rep. Ron Paul hasn’t led his Republican rivals in the polls this election season, but he has led in one category: spending on charter flights.

ABC News and the Center for Responsive Politics have crunched the numbers and found that the U.S. Congressman that just recently released a tax plan cutting $1 trillion from the federal budget has spent close to $1 million on charter flights.

Paul has far outspent his nearest rival Rep. Michele Bachmann, who logged receipts totaling $439,000 on charter fights. And despite raising vastly more than Paul, Mitt Romney has only spent a third of what Paul has on charter flights: around $300,000 to $400,000.

The Paul campaign did not immediately respond for comment.

The campaign of Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who only jumped into the race in August, reported spending $272,000 on air charters, which is interesting since the Texas governor only jumped into the race in August. The number is also significantly lower since the campaign was forced to admit that it underpaid a Texas businessman for use of his private jet.

Of all the GOP presidential hopefuls, only Rick Santorum reported not using an air charter.

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