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Obama Still Owes Chicago $1.74 Mil

From the Chicago Sun-Times:

Obama victory bash owes city $1.74 mil.

PARTY IN THE PARK | Waiting for Dems to pay up

February 20, 2009


Chicago has yet to recoup the $1.74 million cost of President Obama’s victory celebration in Grant Park — despite a burgeoning $50.5 million budget shortfall that threatens more layoffs and union concessions

Stacie Paxton, a spokeswoman for the Obama-controlled DNC, explained the reimbursement delay by saying, "We are still looking at various costs and bills.” She would not say whether parts of the bill are disputed.

The city spent $1 million on police protection for the rally. The Office of Emergency Management and Communications racked up more than $120,000 in expenses, including $19,500 paid to police official Neil Sullivan to quarterback election night logistics.

In late October, Mayor Daley assured that the cash-flush Obama campaign would reimburse the city for every penny spent on the rally. "We have a financial crisis," he said at the time. "The City of Chicago could not afford $2 million on this because we’re gonna be laying off people, cutting back. That [cost] would really be unfortunate. . . . It’s a huge cost to the City of Chicago.

"This is not a presidential visit. . . . This is a political event, and they’ve agreed to pay for all those services — all the expenses of that. … It’s costly, but they raised quite a bit of money. There’s no [shortage] of money in that campaign."

The day after the Nov. 4 election, Daley was asked again whether the Obama campaign would pay up.

"Yeah. I don’t know why you’re so negative. … What is this? He just won for president, and you say, ‘He’s not gonna pay his bills,’ " the mayor said then

Isn’t this the new era of personal responsibility?

Perhaps Mr. Obama is hoping to get a judge to adjust this bill.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, February 20th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

22 Responses to “Obama Still Owes Chicago $1.74 Mil”

  1. Reality Bytes says:

    Oh! He owes Chicago a lot more than that! But they’re gonna have to wait cause there’s a whole bunch ahead of them for sure!

  2. MinnesotaRush says:

    “The day after the Nov. 4 election, Daley was asked again whether the Obama campaign would pay up.

    “Yeah. I don’t know why you’re so negative. … What is this? He just won for president, and you say, ‘He’s not gonna pay his bills,’ ” the mayor said then.”

    I wonder what the mayor’s sayin’ now ..
    I’m smellin’ a bailout ..

    • JohnMG says:

      Exactly, MR. Why should the DNC and the Obama campaign use their money to pay the debt when they can rob the nations’ taxpayers for the sum and keep the “change” to help his cronies in the 2010 elections with it.

      How is it that every politician to come out of Chicago has been revealed as a tax cheat and/or a criminal, yet we are to believe that Obama hasn’t been tainted and is as pure as the driven snow?


  3. pagar says:

    My guess, he is waiting for Rezko to help him with the bill. Sort of like his help in buying the Obamas their dream home.

  4. caligirl9 says:

    Chicago should be honored TCO chose to celebrate his complete bilking of the American people in Chicago.

    Consequently, the city of Chicago should be paying TCO because it’s good for the history books.

    That’s my take on liberal thinking today. Image image image!

    • MinnesotaRush says:

      Caligirl .. you’ve given me a thought. Hmmmmm … Maybe we could start a funding drive to keep o-blah-blah IN Chicago ONLY – ya know – pay to keep him there. Hmmmm .. I’ll hafta work some of the kinks out of the idea. I’ll get back to ya …. :)

    • pdsand says:

      You’d think, I mean he had to pay homage to his Chicago bosses while he was running for Senate and President, but now that he’s won, you’d think he’s a little higher on the food chain.
      However, maybe he oughta pay up, you never know what might happen. I mean Burris remembered a few things here lately, Obama doesn’t want other people back home to start remembering things.

  5. pdsand says:

    I wonder if all those millions of anonymous <$200 donors across the length and breadth of our great land know that they gave their last penny so that the Obama campaign could subsidize the budget shortfall of the city of Chicago.

    And by anonymous donors I mean Chicago political machine thugs. Oh wait, maybe they don’t mind after all.

  6. pdsand says:

    Ahh it’s refreshing how there’s always an angle, good old Mayor Daley getting a little piece of the Obama campaign pie by billing for nearly 2 million in city expenses for the victory party. One guy got $20,000 in what, overtime, for that night alone? I wonder how much that guy will be passing back to the Mayor in some quasi-legal way, perhaps hosting a party at his house? If the mayor can get this 2 million bucks and keep from having to ask for union concessions, how much will the union contribute to the mayor’s re-election campaign? Ahh, it just goes on forever.
    Yes, we can.

  7. BigOil says:

    Don’t worry – this bill will be paid many times over by the stimulus bill. A good chunk of the stimulus bill is being doled out to mayors for their pet projects. The honorable Mayor Daley refuses to release his list of pork because he knows it stinks worse than the Chicago stockyards.

  8. DGA says:

    Soros ran out of checks, but he has more on order, the bill will be paid then.

  9. Consilience says:

    Has anyone else seen this?

    Rep. José Serrano [D, NY-16] is proposing the repeal of the 22nd Amendment (term limits on the president):


    The leftists are truly attempting to seize the government.

    • caligirl9 says:

      I count on there being enough sane states (red states if you must …) that would not agree to this.

      The ERA went down in flames and I’d hope this hairbrained idea would.

    • sheehanjihad says:

      Dont sweat it. They are attempting to seize the government they already own. I have a sneaking suspicion that being a democrat wont exactly have bragging rights in a lot less than four years. If they succeed in repealing the 22nd amendment…that leaves a lot of voting room for the next candidate, and that candidate wont necessarily be a republican OR a democrat. America is fed up. Obama will not be able to continue like this for long without serious repercussions from the public at large. There are a lot more people who are being hurt by his spending than are being helped, and no amount of Acorn style support will help him this time. Once the citizens openly revolt and refuse to “go along with it”, all of that weak gimme gimme crowd will have to stay in hiding. They are living in a target rich environment as it is.

    • wardmama4 says:

      Hey look closely at the list of bills submitted – there is also one to put term limits on Congress (the House I think, maybe both).

      If you read it – there are many, many compeating bills (see also rabid gun control vs a more sane (and Constitutional approach) -so it would appear that the foaming at the mouth leftists are attempting to shred the Constitution while what few sane Repubs are attempting to at least rein them in – if not control them.

      This type of rabid partisan ‘legislation’ is what gets American government into trouble and basically screws the citizen every time.

      This is going to be a very long 111th Congress and Administration. 1427 days left and counting down.

  10. Consilience says:

    sheehanjihad, I tend to agree. I apologize in advance for reposting something from another thread—but Rush all but said today what I suggested this morning—-the thug messiah is actually TRYING to tank the markets…revolution is in the air…from this morning:

    I’ve a hunch, the MARKET is going to force the thug messiah’s hand. Economics is a pretty reliable indicator of sentiment (looking to the future, not the past); the CNBC bubba touched a nerve…but even the thug messiah’s spin machine can’t ignore this evaporation of wealth. When the gov’t money gets into the economy, there will probably be a bump (conventional wisdom)—-but what if the sentiment seen in Chicago yesterday pervades the market. Gold hit $1000 today, and the equity markets are only as good as the equities. With all the doom and gloom—and gov’t meddling, a level of risk has been introduced (and there’s plenty of doubt about TCO’s intentions/abilities) which may drive people to put their wealth in less risky situations.
    Some on this site have suggested a conspiracy among Soros and Co—what if the goal is to drive wealth into gold/precious metals—and then doing like FDR—making ownership illegal?—admittedly a stretch, but the behavior of TCO would lead a reasonable person to conclude he is an enemy of the market.

  11. canary says:

    I thought Oprah said she would paid the bill. I may be wrong. FoxGreta had B. Clinton on her show last night and she mentioned at least 4 AirForce needless trip. Not counting this valentine trip to dine in Chicago. B Clinton sacastically defended the trips with redicualous retorical questions, after all look at Hillary Clinton’s worthless trips. Greta looked stunned and scared. And I don’t think it was because she was sitting close to a former repeatedly accused sex offender sitting across from her. B. Clinton also, answered, he would have done “exactly” as Obama on the stimulous bill. Then Bill got down to what his main purpose for appearing on the show, performing an ollah Obama act, and whined how his mother, which he accented was even a nurse, overfed him til he was 2 years old, which led to his overweight problem, but forgot about all his youthful pictures growing up, when he wasn’t overweight. Neither would he confirm his hospitalization and weight loss was do to a heart problem. Could it be his move to Harlem, was behind both. Arkansas won’t let him import anymore.

  12. Confucius says:

    Maybe Obama will do a “Hillary,” and not pay the bill.

    He’s a Democrat, you know. They don’t pay their bills; they get the “little people” to do it.

  13. brad says:

    Stacie Paxton, a spokeswoman for the Obama-controlled DNC, explained the reimbursement delay by saying, “We are still looking at various costs and bills.” She would not say whether parts of the bill are disputed.

    So, the DNC wants to look at the bill carefully before agreeing to it, but they want to ram through a stimulus bill, and not dispute any of it? (SIGH)

  14. pagar says:

    repeal of the 22nd AmendmentPresidential term limits.
    I thought that was Fidel Castro, or was it Chavez? Maybe Putin———? Or was it Saddam, or any of a hundred other dictators———————- That wanted that——-
    only for the good of the country—Of course!

    Sorry, I almost for got the sarcasm tag.

  15. VMAN says:

    I just watched a news story about George Bush visiting the hardware store that offered him a job. He is a real person who cares about people. I would even go so far as to say all of his campaign debts are paid. The O hole on the other hand cares about no one but himself and his HARD left wing socialist ideology. Chicago can just kiss that money goodbye although I am sure they will benefit greatly from the porkulus bill. Why would any body want to work for this tool. Cross him and he will hang you out to dry or worse just hang you.

    • brad says:

      I am sure there is 1.74 million $ earmarked for this “re-payment.” Since no one read the 1100 page document, I am sure will find this out around 2011 sometime.

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