A recent USA Today article released last week thrust charter planes into some campaigns, including Virginia's Senate race. It was revealed that Warner used a charter plane for a recent trip to Southwest Virginia that cost taxpayers $8,500. By comparison, Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va. took a similar trip to that part of the state, but drove by car. His travel expenses were less than $700.
Since taking office in 2009 Warner has taken 32 charter flights for a total cost of $150,000, but his camp has argued the planes are necessary for the amount of trips he takes to the Commonwealth. Warner attended 150 official events in Virginia in 2013.