Contact Us

The Prez Campaigning In Washington State On Taypayer Dollars?

President Obama Departs White House
(Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

The recent three day swing through California, Colorado and Washington State by President Obama included town halls at a high school in Denver, and one in Silicon Valley.  Two official visits.  However, it included SEVEN fundraising campaign stops that netted about 8 million for his re-election campaign.

According to CNN’s Bianna Keilar, who followed the trip on a Cable News Network blog, the ENTIRE trip was paid for by taxpayer dollars.  When you consider Presidential travel, it came to several million dollars.  Here’s the catch:  it is completely legal.   If the President is on ‘official’ business, then what he does in addition is prohibited by law.  According to Pete Sepp of the National Taxpayers Union, the Democratic National Committee (or GOP if it’s a Republican) only reimburses a few hundred thousand dollars of the trip to the ‘taxpayers.’  A White House spokesman declined to say how the DNC and Obama’s administration devided the cost, due to what they called “security reasons”…huh?  However, other administrations have also refused such disclosure for the same reason.  This is NOT something new, but critics have noted that the percentage of fund raisers Obama attends is far greater than previous presidents when it comes to mixing them with official business on Presidential trips.  The National Taxpayers Union has done previous research on Obama presidential trips.

More from Newstalk 870

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://newstalk870.am using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on Newstalk 870 KFLD: The Mid Columbia's Newstalk Leader quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here

Register on Newstalk 870 KFLD: The Mid Columbia's Newstalk Leader quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!