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Report: Betsy DeVos’ security detail cost $6.2M last year

By: - October 7, 2019 6:03 am

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The taxpayer cost to protect U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos continues to stretch into the millions. Politico reports that the price tag was $6.24 million for Fiscal Year 2019, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.

The cost of the security detail for DeVos, a West Michigan billionaire, was $6.79 million in Fiscal Year 2018. The service projects it will be $7.87 million for the next fiscal year, but didn’t indicate why it would be more, Politico reports. President Donald Trump tapped DeVos, a longtime advocate for and donor to education choice efforts, as an original member of his cabinet.

Politico notes that the marshals service routinely conducts assessments on threats to DeVos, but notes her security detail “is highly unusual — the past four Education secretaries have been protected by the Education Department’s own small security force.”

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Susan J. Demas is a 21-year journalism veteran and one of the state’s foremost experts on Michigan politics, appearing on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record.” In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief, she is the Advance’s chief columnist, writing on women, LGBTQs, the state budget, the economy and more. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Farough & Associates, Michigan’s premier political communications firm. For almost five years, Susan was the Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, the most-cited political newsletter in the state. Susan’s award-winning political analysis has run in more than 80 national, international and regional media outlets, including the Guardian U.K., NBC News, the New York Times, the Detroit News and MLive. She is the only Michigan journalist to be named to the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Reporters,” the Huffington Post’s list of “Best Political Tweeters” and the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Bloggers.” Susan was the recipient of a prestigious Knight Foundation fellowship in nonprofits and politics. She served as Deputy Editor for MIRS News and helped launch the Michigan Truth Squad, the Center for Michigan’s fact-checking project. She started her journalism career reporting on the Iowa caucuses for The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Susan has hiked over 4,000 solo miles across four continents and climbed more than 70 mountains. She also enjoys dragging her husband and two teenagers along, even if no one else wants to sleep in a tent anymore.