Tax money should not be viewed as the personal piggy banks of elected officials, any travel that is not official gov. business should be paid out of their own pockets and that includes conducting political rallies to advance their run for political office )The current office they hold or another office they seek to hold). Furthermore, vacation trips or weekend get aways should also be pd. for out of their own pockets. The money spent on these activities could and should be spent more wisely on official gov. business. After all this is not their personal money, it is public money and it needs to be treated as such.