Skip to comments.Flashback: Obama campaign refused to pay city of Springfield for 2008 campaign event
Posted on 07/31/2012 12:42:29 AM PDT by Frankusa
The city of Newport Beach, California says it may seek out the assistance of a collection agency to retrieve $35,000 the Obama campaign owes the city for providing police protection during a February, 2012 fund-raising event.
The bill was sent in May and was due in June. The city recently emailed the campaign a reminder.Earlier this year, NBC Chicago reported that the Obama campaign refused to pay the city of Springfield, Illinois $55,000 for the cost of providing police protection during a 2008 campaign event.
The DNC told the city about three weeks ago to deal with the Secret Service. However, [Secret Service] agency spokesman Max Milien [said] that it won't pay.
Councilwoman Leslie Daigle says the city intends to apply its usual policies and send the bill to collections.
Officials also note that Mitt Romney's campaign promptly paid a bill of $10,441 for his June fundraiser.
...Before the event could begin, the city of Springfield had work to do, said Alderman Frank Edwards.Sadly, Mr. Edwards fails to comprehend the truth:
There are a lot of things that they asked for, Edwards said. Extra police, move things. Youve got to have this A to Z and we provided that....
"I got to looking thru the list and heres a bill that pops up, its $55,000, Edwards said in an interview. And we go why isnt this paid.
They contacted the DNC. They contacted the Obama campaign, he said but no one wanted to pay...
To try and cut through the clutter Edwards asked the President to intercede: sometimes only the executive himself can cut through such inter-departmental differences of opinion, he wrote in last years letter. There was no immediate response.
On November 15, 2011, Teal Baker, the Deputy COO of Obama for America, replied the Obama team wasnt responsible for security or other costs.
This week a campaign officials said: Presidential campaigns are not responsible for security costs.
Like many American cities Springfield is in a terrible budget crunch and last week there were 13 laying offs.
Fact is $55,000 is enough to cover the salary and benefits of one of those employees for a year, said city Budget Director William McCarty...
The Obama 2012 campaign declined to be interviewed but a official reiterated on background without attribution that the campaign does not pay for police overtime...
I mean it all comes back to common sense, said Edwards. If you are asking for something to be done and you know it cost money then you ought to be prepared to pay for it. Its that simple.
Whether it's the $800 billion dollar "porkulus" package or a $55,000 campaign event, ultimately it is the taxpayers who must foot the bill for Obama's reckless spending sprees.
P.S. It is unclear whether the NBC report had the desired effect, and whether the Obama campaign eventually reimbursed the city of Springfield for the $55,000 in expenditures.
Does anyone know how to get this info to Rush, Sean, Mark Levin and/or Bill O’Reilly? This is great campaign fodder. The Obama Campaign does NOT pay their debts; bill collectors on their heels. You better believe the Dems would be all over this if the shoe was on the other foot.
commies and islamos don’t pay no stinkin bills, they tell us there is a crisis and rob us..
Now we know the dark lord does not pay his “fair share”. The GOP, if it had a backbone, should be making a commercial to this effect today.