In an interview Friday, Pickering said he paid “taxes, tags and title” personally for the RV and a BMW the campaign purchased, but would not clearly say whether he listed them as income and paid income taxes on them. In a later written statement, he said, “We have paid the insurance and taxes on the (RV) since it was purchased to cover any personal use.”
In 2007, the campaign began making payments of $701 a month to a bank listed as use of an RV. No such payments showed in his 2008 campaign report, but showed up again in 2009. From early 2011, what appear to be similar payments are listed as “travel expense.” The payments total at least $55,000.