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Coakley hasn’t reimbursed state for campaign travel

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley.

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Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley.

Since she launched her bid for governor last September, Attorney General Martha Coakley has campaigned all over the state, from Pittsfield to Fall River.

If you’re a Massachusetts taxpayer, her transportation to all those campaign events has been on your dime.

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The attorney general travels with a state trooper in a state police vehicle as part of the executive protection detail she is afforded as Massachusetts’ top law enforcement official, a top Coakley aide said.

But eight months after she kicked off her bid to be governor, she has not yet reimbursed the state for the costs of campaign travel, a Coakley spokeswoman said.

The spokeswoman, Bonnie McGilpin, said in a statement Coakley’s campaign will soon reimburse the state for mileage and gas costs associated with the candidate’s travel to campaign events.

McGilpin said the Attorney General’s Office and the campaign agreed last year “it would make the most sense to reimburse the state once before the end of the fiscal year which ends in June, and once at the end of the campaign for these costs.”

McGilpin said the first reimbursement will be reflected in the campaign’s June filing with the Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance.

The top Coakley aide was not sure how much the campaign will end up reimbursing the state.

Other gubernatorial candidates have spent thousands of dollars on fuel expenses as they barnstorm the state seeking to succeed Governor Deval Patrick, who is not running for a third term.

Republican Charlie Baker’s campaign has spent more than $4,600 on fuel since Oct. 1 of last year, campaign finance filings show. Those expenses include gas station expenditures such as $32.89 at a Sunoco in Brighton.

A Baker spokesman said those expenses have been for candidate travel across the state in his personal vehicle, a 2007 Chrysler 300.

Since Oct. 1 of last year, the campaign of Treasurer Steven Grossman has spent more than $4,300 on fuel, according campaign finance filings. Those expenses include $74.70 at a Gulf Oil in Lexington and $54.43 at a Hess in Lynn.

A Grossman spokeswoman said those expenses were for the vehicle or vehicles the candidate travels in, to and from campaign events.

The state’s conflict of interest law prohibits public employees, including the attorney general, from using public resources for private or personal use.

It was not immediately clear whether there is a required timeframe after which a campaign must reimburse the state for campaign travel in a state vehicle.

Joshua Miller can be reached at joshua.miller@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @jm_bos.
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