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Obama Still Owes Springfield, IL For Visit

From the Springfield, Illinois State Journal-Register:

City still waiting for reimbursement from Obama’s 2008 visit

Feb 01, 2010

The city of Springfield still hasn’t been fully repaid for costs associated with hosting then- U.S. Sen. Barack Obama’s presidential campaign stop in the fall of 2008.

Obama’s presidential campaign was sent a bill for $68,139, and still owes the city $55,457, according to Ernie Slottag, the city’s spokesman.

The city has been trying — unsuccessfully — to collect payment, Ken Crutcher, the city’s director of office of budget and management told aldermen recently.

“We’ve spoken to a lot of people and have found a lot of circles,” Crutcher said. … “We’ve been kind of bounced from place to place with respect to that particular event.”

Attempts to get a comment for this story from the Obama campaign were unsuccessful. The White House referred comments to the Democratic National Committee. A spokesman at the DNC didn’t respond to questions sent via e-mail.

“Let’s turn them over to a collection agency,” quipped Ward 3 Ald.Frank Kunz.

His remark prompted laughter from aldermen during a recent budget workshop

“I’m serious,” he said. “If you guys are serious about going after him, turn them over to a collection agency.”

And, of course, Springfield, Illinois will go down in history as the place where Mr. Obama launched his Presidential bid, almost three years ago to the day.

Alas, because of the reporting from this very website, Mr. Obama’s “spiritual mentor,” the Reverend Wright, was precluded from delivering an oration at the event.

Otherwise, given the earlier scrutiny, there might have been a different outcome from the primaries.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Obama Still Owes Springfield, IL For Visit”

  1. Confucius says:

    Cheap is a Democrat meme.

    Hillary Clinton and Teddy Kennedy have done similarly in the past.

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