The Trump administration is under fire from ethics watchdogs after spending massive amounts of public dollars to send Vice President Mike Pence to a professional football game on Sunday just so that he could walk out.

As Common Dreams reported Sunday, the entire episode was slammed as a “PR stunt” after a tweet from President Trump offered clear evidence that Pence’s walk-out was planned in advance. And with many pointing to the taxpayer money it took to fly Pence to¬†Indianapolis from Las Vegas, an analysis by CNN calculated the total cost of the spectacle at about $242,500.

On Monday morning, in response to a tweet by Trump acknowledging Pence’s trip was “long planned,” Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), slammed the decision:

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