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Taxpayers Pay For Obama’s Fundraising

From Fox News:

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) participates in a fundraiser for U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) in the Coliseum at Caesars Palace Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada May 26, 2009.

Presidential Fundraising Trips Leave Taxpayers With Hefty Tab

By Judson Berger

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

President Obama has the star power to raise millions of dollars for the candidates and organizations he graces with his stump speech.

But when the president hit the road Tuesday for a two-day fundraising tour to pack the party coffers, he also was racking up a $265,000 partisan bill for just one leg of the trip, according to a watchdog group — part of which taxpayers, regardless of party affiliation, will have to pay.

Obama started out in Las Vegas, where he stumped that night for state Democrats and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. On Wednesday night he was to attend a two-tiered donor dinner for the Democratic Party in Los Angeles.

But sandwiched between political appearances, Obama squeezed in some quick public remarks on energy, ironically before burning fuel to Los Angeles, at Nevada’s Nellis Air Force Base. It was a key stop, because it gives the entire trip an air of official legitimacy and allows the White House to write off part of the trip under rules governing travel, said Pete Sepp, vice president for policy and communications at the National Taxpayers Union.

"You’ve got to have some official (business) in the trip somewhere. It becomes almost a game to find some official function to hang the trip on," Sepp said.

The rest, though, is all politics. And, if history is any gauge, the American taxpayer will pick up a large portion of the tab.

Sepp estimated that the purely political part of the trip — the distance from Las Vegas to Los Angeles and back, with no public events — would cost at least $265,000, just for air travel expenses.

He said the minimum domestic travel package for the president consists of one Boeing 747, which serves as Air Force One, one back-up dummy plane and one C17 cargo plane. The cost estimate is based on past hourly operational costs for the three aircraft, adjusted for inflation.

White House travel rules, which were developed under the Reagan administration, state that the Air Force pays all costs for the use of the aircraft, but that the government must be reimbursed for airfare, food, lodging and other expenses incurred during whatever portion of the trip is political

But reimbursement for political activities involves a tricky formula, and actual reimbursements typically come nowhere close to compensating the government for the cost of such trips. Secret Service costs, for one, are always footed by the government

What a shock.

And of course all of the media is howling about this.

Well, at least Fox News is reporting it.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, May 28th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “Taxpayers Pay For Obama’s Fundraising”

  1. How about “dealerships” pay for fundraising… the other side.. and pay dearly?


    all I can say is.. it has begun.

  2. Right of the People says:

    Barry reminds me of some sh*tkicking hillbilly who wins the lottery and needs to flaunt his newfound wealth any way he can. AF1 is just like a new Hummer or Escalade to him where he can show off plenty of bling bling.

    He is the typical lib, do what I say, not what I do. Just like Algore and the rest of the limousine liberals who tell us all to drive hybrids and other little crapboxes while they cruise past us in their SUV’s. What a freaking hypocrite.

    • proreason says:

      “Barry reminds me of some sh*tkicking hillbilly who wins the lottery and needs to flaunt his newfound wealth”

      I can’t agree.

      He is a stupid sh*tkicking hillbilly who wins the lottery, flaunts his wealth, and set out to punish everyone who he thinks ever did him wrong.

    • not sure it is “punishing” but more of a setting the new rules kind of thing. I personally don’t think he sees himself without an oval office anytime in the foreseeable future.

  3. Liberals Demise says:

    My guess is he OWNS the car company ….. and he owns the Banks …… so he is allowed in Las Vegas on the schmucks….eh, taxpayers backs. He still continues to gamble away Americas future at reckless speed!! (rotten B*stard)

    So much for what happens in Vegas…………stays in Vegas!

  4. catie says:

    Greta was talking about this last night and said the DNC really should be picking up the tab for this trip which somewhat surprised me as I know her husband is a PUMA. When do we get to go for a ride other than the ride of paying?

  5. MinnesotaRush says:

    Not the “change the way we do business in Washington” guy?!?!?

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