Skip to comments.RNC chief accuses Obama of campaigning on taxpayer's dime
Posted on 04/25/2012 2:57:41 PM PDT by jazusamo
The Republican National Committee is asking the Government Accountability Office to examine President Obama's "misuse" of government funds to benefit his reelection campaign.
In an official complaint filed with the GAO, a watchdog agency, RNC chairman Reince Priebus accuses Obama of "passing off campaign travel as official events," which uses taxpayer money to fund his reelection efforts.
"Given the recent excesses, waste and abuse uncovered in the General Services Administration, the GAO should be particularly sensitive to misuse of taxpayer dollars," Preibus wrote in a letter to Comptroller General Gene L. Dodaro.
Priebus said "the most recent example" of abuse took place this week as Obama traveled to North Carolina, Colorado and Iowa, three battleground states to promote student loan legislation. The RNC chairman points out that Obama delivered speeches to "cheering crowds of college students" which resembled campaign events.
"One might imagine that if this were genuinely a government event, he might have stopped in a non-battleground state like Texas or Vermont," Priebus said.
The White House has maintained in recent months that Obama is not campaigning and that the stops are "official" business. But more and more recently the events have resembled campaign events, with crowds chanting "Four More Years!"
Last week, press secretary Jay Carney told reporters that the White House is doing everything "by the book."
"The president is the president 24 hours a day and seven days a week, and he has to fly on Air Force One," Carney said. "He has to have security and communication. There are elements of his job that are always with him, regardless of whether he's in a campaign event or an official event. And costs are apportioned accordingly."
Good for Priebus for filing it.
Boy RNC, nothing gets by you guys, does it?
The RNC still has a chief? Who would have guessed.
At least he came out of hiding, but you’re right.
Now they’re really going after Obama /sarc
Oh for heavens sakes...the DNC did the same thing to George W..and many before him. This is what they do.
Of course he’s using the public dime, he doesn’t want to use his own money for keeping himself on the public dole.
Add it to the litany of lawbreaking activities of this pres-ent. And file for impeachment, dammit!
I'd love to see the House impeach the turkey, Lord knows there's many different grounds for it. The Senate would not find guilt but that doesn't matter, he'd have the impeachment for his legacy.
Yes, now and then an incumbant GOP has taken advantage of using taxpayers’ money for subtle campaigning. However I have never seen or heard of any president so blatantly trash the opposing party or candidates with fundraisers, rallys, etc. What Obummer is doing is beyond the pale. All we hear is “everybody does it”. Had Bush or Reagan ever did anything half as bad as this they would have been drawned and quartered.
I disagree. To me, President Obama is simply campaigning as incumbents do. And every time they do, we hear how they are campaigning on our dime. I find it unseemly and unfair. But, what do I know? Thank you for your reply.
Also, I know you know the President’s campaign pays for campaigning expenses.