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UNION ALL Gridview, 2 unrelated tables

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I'm trying to join 2 unrelated tables to display some of their data in a gridview. I get an error, saying "A field or property with the name 'PaidServer' was not found on the selected datasource". I think it may be a problem with my gridview coding, but possibly with the SQL statement. Here is my table format and code:

Table 'Expenses'
ExpenseDate, SmallDateTime
ExpenseType, varchar(100)
ExpenseDescription, varchar(300)
ExpenseAmount, money

Table 'Billing'
PaidServer, money


Protected Sub Button2_Click(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs)
     SqlDataSource1.SelectCommand = "SELECT ExpenseDate, ExpenseType, ExpenseDescription, ExpenseAmount FROM Expenses UNION ALL SELECT NULL, NULL, NULL, PaidServer FROM Billing"
     SqlDataSource1.DataBind()
End Sub
 
<asp:GridView ID="GridView1" runat="server" AllowSorting="True" BackColor="White" BorderColor="White" BorderStyle="Ridge" BorderWidth="2px" CellPadding="3" CellSpacing="1"                       DataSourceID="SqlDataSource1" GridLines="None" AutoGenerateColumns="False">
<FooterStyle BackColor="#C6C3C6" ForeColor="Black" />
<RowStyle BackColor="#DEDFDE" ForeColor="Black" />
<SelectedRowStyle BackColor="#9471DE" Font-Bold="True" ForeColor="White" />
<PagerStyle BackColor="#C6C3C6" ForeColor="Black" HorizontalAlign="Right" />
<HeaderStyle BackColor="#4A3C8C" Font-Bold="True" ForeColor="#E7E7FF" />
   <Columns>
   <asp:BoundField DataField="ExpenseDate" Daformatstring="{0:MM/dd/yy}" htmlencode="false"  HeaderText="Date" />
   <asp:BoundField DataField="ExpenseType" HeaderText="Expense Type" />
   <asp:BoundField DataField="ExpenseDescription" HeaderText="Description" />
   <asp:BoundField DataField="ExpenseAmount" HeaderText="Amount" />
   <asp:BoundField DataField="PaidServer" HeaderText="Paid to Server" />
 </Columns>
</asp:GridView>
 
<asp:SqlDataSource id="SqlDataSource1" runat="server" ConnectionString="<%$ ConnectionStrings:ClientConnectionString % ">                   
                </asp:SqlDataSource>

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The number of columns and column names must match if you want to UNION, try something like this for your SQL:

SELECT ExpenseDate, ExpenseType, ExpenseDescription, ExpenseAmount, '' AS PaidServer FROM Expenses
UNION
SELECT '' AS ExpenseDate, '' AS ExpenseType, '' AS ExpenseDescription, '' AS ExpenseAmount, PaidServer FROM Billing
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