O'Malley's trip to Asia costs $164K
Costs includes airfare, food, hotels and other expenses for six staffers.
State police spent an additional $19,868 on security, but a spokesman would not itemize expenses because he did not want to reveal how many members of the executive protection accompanied the governor.
The trip was intended to strengthen links between Maryland and Asian companies, and the governor traveled with a 68-member delegation of mostly business leaders. Gov. Martin O'Malley estimates that the trip netted $85 million in foreign investment to the state.
During O'Malley's first term, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown went on a week long trade mission to China. It cost $96,000.