Boston Taxpayers Foot the Bill for Obama’s Campaign Stop


It’s estimated that President Obama raised over $3 million for his reelection campaign while fundraising in Boston this week. Unfortunately for Boston’s taxpayers, they won’t be receiving any reimbursement for the cost of keeping him safe while he was there fundraising.

City Hall refused to provide a cost estimate, but one city official predicted it could run between $150,000 to $200,000 to provide security for Obama, in town on a $3.1 million fundraising tear. The Boston Police Department had hordes of officers outside Hamersley’s Bistro in the South End and at Symphony Hall. Boston police will also likely provide security as Obama stays the night and leaves this morning.

“Given that many municipalities are facing budget crunches of their own, squeezing them even further for political events can grate on a lot of residents’ nerves,” said Pete Sepp, vice president of the conservative-leaning National Taxpayers Union. He argued that presidents from both political parties should pick up their campaign tabs.

“This is a major problem of incumbency. They utilize Air Force One and all trappings to make political trips, and they only pay a portion of it with their campaign funds,” he said. (Read More)

The article goes on to note that the security cost to the town of Durham, NH was picked up by a private donor. Will a private donor pick up the tab for this Boston visit?

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