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Obama victory bash owes city $1.74 mil.
Chicago Sun-Times ^ | February 20, 2009 | Fran Spielman

Posted on 02/19/2009 10:21:09 PM PST by keepitreal

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.

"The Democratic National Committee has not yet paid us,'' Peter Scales, a spokesman for the city's Office of Budget and Management, said Thursday after questions from the Chicago Sun-Times. "We're reaching out to them this week."

The Democratic National Committee has not paid Chicago for the cost of Barack Obama's election night rally in Grant Park.

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at suntimes.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cheapskate; obama; taxcheatparty
Only suckers pay bills.

The bill for Barack Obama's election night rally at Grant Park

Police $1 million

Emergency Management and Communications Office $121,578

Fire Department $85,965

Streets and Sanitation $71,694

Transportation $49,659

Cultural Affairs $2,567

Environment $2,309

CTA $201,500

Chicago Park District $202,440

(Park District breakdown):

Giant video boards $68,900

Electrical $37,185

Sound $37,500

Stagehands $29,850

Portable toilets $12,500

Security $7,505

Stage rental $6,000

Bike racks, barricades $2,000

Heavy equipment $1,000

Total bill $1,737,712

1 posted on 02/19/2009 10:21:09 PM PST by keepitreal
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To: keepitreal

The bloom is off the freakin rose, huh?

Can’t you imagine Obama in the WH with Michelle, saying ‘But...but they loved it when I talked in front of the columns, and...Tom Brokaw got choked up, and it’s historic, it’s still historic, right, baby? I’m gonna be in the history books and...how come they want me to PAY for this? Don’t they know how little I make now? And I’m, like, people wanna name a DAY after me... How come they don’t just let it slide?’


2 posted on 02/19/2009 10:23:35 PM PST by Darkwolf377 (Pro-Life Capitalist American Atheist and Free-Speech Junkie)
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To: keepitreal

And he owes the American people 1 trillion dollars.


3 posted on 02/19/2009 10:25:23 PM PST by doc1019
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To: keepitreal

Only solace is that I don’t live in Cook County :(


4 posted on 02/19/2009 10:28:06 PM PST by bushwon
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To: doc1019

Why don’t those Chicago peons ask the other mafia: ACORN?


5 posted on 02/19/2009 10:28:36 PM PST by max americana
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To: keepitreal

Why would anyone pay for that?

Obama’s president now. Everything is free.


6 posted on 02/19/2009 10:29:25 PM PST by Tex Pete (Obama for Change: from our pockets, our piggy banks, and our couch cushions!)
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To: keepitreal; All
Only the "little people" have to pay for things..........

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7 posted on 02/19/2009 10:29:45 PM PST by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: keepitreal

Before I scrolled down my first thoughts were SUCKERS.

You nailed it.

Democrats are about making other people pay its bills


8 posted on 02/19/2009 10:41:42 PM PST by MAKOTHEDOG
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To: keepitreal

They should understand, he’s too busy paying back those who didn’t vote for him, to worry about Chicago.


9 posted on 02/19/2009 10:46:29 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Resolved: Gregg, McCain, Snowe, Spectre: 2010, Collins, Graham: 2014)
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To: keepitreal

How much did Obamasiah’s trip to Colorado to sign the Porkulus bill cost the American Taxpayer? This man does not care about this nation’s economy being healed.


10 posted on 02/19/2009 10:48:59 PM PST by SoldierDad (Proud Dad of a U.S. Army Infantry Soldier presently instructing at Ft. Benning.)
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To: keepitreal

11 posted on 02/19/2009 11:10:33 PM PST by South40
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To: keepitreal

You forgot Blago’s hairdo.


12 posted on 02/19/2009 11:18:08 PM PST by smokingfrog ( Dear Mr. Obama - Please make it rain candy! P.S. I like jelly beans.)
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To: keepitreal
Chicago has yet to recoup the $1.74 million cost

Good luck, folks. He gave you the privilege of being in your city. Isn't that worth a few million?

Maybe you could apply for some 'stimulus' funds. I imagine obie might not mind paying his debts with OUR money.

13 posted on 02/20/2009 3:32:34 AM PST by Right Wing Assault (What's Obama's Secret?)
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To: South40

This pathetic couple owe us a reimbursement for their “Valentine” date to Chicago. What is it - something like $57,000 per hour for Air Force One - flying and on the ground time?

In their arrrogance and sense of entitlement, they probably think we want to gift them with their special trip.


14 posted on 02/20/2009 3:41:47 AM PST by Bluebird Singing
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To: Bluebird Singing

It’s close to a month since this story first surfaced. Does anyone know if this deadbeat paid this debt to Chicago yet? In the meantime, Governor Palin who was almost crucified for owing some money due a change in the tax rules, paid her debt.


15 posted on 03/15/2009 3:20:25 PM PDT by curth (Get Out Of The Way, I'll Do It - Sarah Palin)
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To: keepitreal

"And you want to be my health care provider."

16 posted on 03/15/2009 3:23:24 PM PDT by Yaelle
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