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    As White House Chief of Staff, Sununu reportedly took personal trips, for skiing and other purposes, and classified them as official, for purposes such as conservation or promoting the Thousand Points of Light.[15] The Washington Post wrote that Sununu's jets "took him to fat-cat Republican fund-raisers, ski lodges, golf resorts and even his dentist in Boston."[15] Sununu had paid the government only $892 for his more than $615,000 worth of military jet travel.[16] Sununu said that his use of the jets was necessary because he had to be near a telephone at all times for reasons of national security.[17] Sununu became the subject of much late-night television humor over the incident.[15] Sununu worsened the situation shortly afterwards when, after leaking rumors of financial difficulties in his family, he traveled to a rare stamp auction at Christie's auction house in New York City from Washington in a government limousine, spending $5,000 on rare stamps.[18] Sununu then sent the car and driver back to Washington unoccupied while he returned on a corporate jet.[18] In the course of one week, 45 newspapers ran editorials on Sununu, nearly all of them critical of his actions.[19] Sununu resigned his White House post on December 4, 1991.

    Sununu repaid over $47,000 to the government for the flights on the orders of White House counsel C. Boyden Gray, with the help of the Republican Party.[20] However, the reimbursements were at commercial rates, which are about one-tenth the cost of the actual flights; one ski trip to Vail, Colorado alone had cost taxpayers $86,330.[21]

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