Skip to comments.Gingrich's Secret Service Protection To Officially End Tonight
Posted on 04/27/2012 4:26:47 PM PDT by bibo_ergo_sum
The Secret Service protection was costing the government around $40,000 a day, a fact that became controversial as Gingrich's campaign wore on and faded increasingly into irrelevance.
The decision came down from the administration, according to Gingrich press secretary R.C. Hammond.
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Call me jaded and suspicious but why is the public being informed about this? Shouldn’t this be kept somewhat quiet for his protection? I just fear that some nut job will think they can hurt him since his protection is being ended.
Is he giving up his private jets, as well?
..yeah, they are needed for Odungo’s trip to Iceland.
There is NO legitimate reason to make this public.
Hog Wash. Jimmy Carter gave up his SS protection years ago.
That was made public, as well.
Carter is still around.
Team Soros (Obama and Romney and Soros) have
decided who will run for POTUS.
The rest ... are now on their own.
Now they can get back to more important things, like hiring hookers and not paying them.
Prostitutes and minorities most hard hit. Bush's Falut.
“Carter is still around.”
Some might argue that THAT is a damn shame.
But wait, Carter likes Romney, so maybe he’s now a conservative.
If I were Newt, I would have made a quick trip to the Mustang Ranch before they were released... just for the photo Op.
Where did you get that idea?
Something is not right about the $40000/day figure. That would be enough to pay a $200000 yearly salary to 73 people.
My initial reaction was that perhaps the figure of $40000/day for the Secret Service to protect one person has been reported incorrectly. But apparently that is the figure which has been given to congress on multiple occasions for protecting presidential candidates.
The figure of $40000/day did not seem believable to me because this would seem to be enough to pay for a small army. Even with three shifts of agents with high salary and benefits, it would be enough for dozens of agents at one time. And maybe not quite as many agents are needed when Gingrich is asleep. Of course I don't know the breakdown of how much of this goes for travel, hotel charges, etc. and probably the Secret Service has to either rent vehicles or have them moved to each location where the candidate will appear. But certainly one could hire a very large number of private bodyguards for $40000/day.
Of course this may be partially an artifact of government accounting. When one part of the government charges another part, who knows if every dollar of the charge goes directly for the intended purpose or whether there is some "overhead".