Taxpayers foot part of the bill for Obama to attend elite fundraisers

This is how Obama saves money for his campaign and makes taxpayers foot the heavy part of the bill. He schedules an ‘official visit’ to the World Trade Center on the same day he’s going to multiple fundraisers in Manhattan:

DAILY MAIL – Tonight is set to be a busy night for Barack Obama, as he speaks at not one but two A-list fundraising events in Manhattan.

However, the President’s re-election campaign will not have to pay the full cost of his jaunt to the Big Apple, as he is combining the trip with an official event which will be charged to the taxpayer.

Before the fundraisers, one at Sarah Jessica Parker’s house and one at the five-star Plaza Hotel, Mr Obama scheduled a visit to the World Trade Center site.

He frequently combines the events with his official duties, which allows his re-election campaign to defray the President’s travel costs by charging part of them to the public purse.

For a trip like today’s, involving both official duties and campaign events, a formula is applied so that the campaign pays part of the costs – but it still works out cheaper than making a trip purely for campaigning.

Mr Obama must be accompanied by Secret Service protection and fly on Air Force One at all times for security reasons, further increasing the cost of his travels.

The World Trade Center, which Mr Obama has visited several times before, is a major building project and recipient of generous federal aid, as well as an iconic national memorial.

It is unclear what prompted the President to return to the site on this occasion.

Much of downtown Manhattan was temporarily sealed off for the duration of Mr Obama’s visit, and the street in the West Village neighbourhood where Ms Parker’s house is situated was closed to pedestrians.

Some pedestrians bemoaned the disruption caused to the New York streets by the presidential motorcade – Mary Grach told ABC that Mr Obama’s visit was ‘really inconveniencing a lot of commuters’.

She added: ‘There has to be a better way to go about it rather than putting out how many thousands of riders out of commission, and having to find another way home.’

In 2004, Democrats criticised George W. Bush for combining fundraisers with official duties, and Republicans have responded in kind this year.

Daily Mail has a ton of pictures from the event.

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  • Joe

    The RNC could make ads on this topic alone

    How the cost of campaigning is paid by the taxpayer

    between Scoop’s Golf ad and this topic – should do it

    AND this POS is complaining about being left to pay for a steak dinner!

    Screw You ZERO

    • Speaking of running out on a restaurant bill, guess who ran out on his.

      • Joe

        What a POS this guy is

        “Move along – nothing to see here”

      • Joe

        That’s Coney Island !

        Like my shades ?

        I hope Gino doesn’t see this !

        • I KNEW the one with the shades was you!!! Gino seems to be the type to disguise himself with hats!!

          PS- Sorry about the mess on your monitor. I think a lot of us have sticky ones since coming to Scoop.

          • GreenBeretWay

            Why do I get the impression that these two will be calling us at 2 in the morning to bail them out of jail?

            • It wouldn’t surprise me myGreenBeret. Now the question remains. Do you drive or will I? If we want to get there fast, I’d suggest you do the driving. 😉

              • GreenBeretWay

                I’m firing up the hot rod right now.A quick stop at the ATM machine and we’ll be there before they can process their mug shots.

                What’s the old saying? A friend will bail you out of jail but your best friend will be sitting next to you in the cell saying,”Dang,that was fun”

                • LOL. Thanks for being the friend and not the best one, or I’d have a lot of bailin’ to do. Thanks for the laugh too myGreenBeret. I needed it. 😀 I’ll be up for a itty bitty while, then I need to go to bed. My boys are taking me fishing tomorrow on the Lake “O” and 5 am comes too early for me! Have a Blessed day tomorrow my dear friend!

                • GreenBeretWay

                  You too ABinC.. 5 am can be brutal.Catch some big ones and i’ll be by for the fish fry.I have to hit the hay too.Just up late doing laundry. God Bless you Ma’am.

                • God Bless you too MyGreenBeret! I’ll do my best sir. It’s been a while, but I’m a pretty good bass fishergirl. My Husband’s going for cats, I like them, but largemouth bass are more fun! 😀 The boy, Captain Jr. will catch the rest 😉 Night you!

                • Joe

                  Thanks for being ready – This election may do it

            • Joe

              Haven’t been caught yet!

        • NYGino

          Too late. GreenBeretWay ratted her out. There’s a contract out.

      • NYGino

        ABC, if your paying for Joe’s monitor you might as well pay for my keyboard also.

        Too funny! You can tell by the bulk of our Huggies that we’re both packing.

        • ROFL!!!! You guys are too much! So are the huggies!!! 😀 Had a beauty day today traveling along lake O. Didn’t catch anything more than a little ol blue gill, but it was a beauty day for trying. Thanks for the laugh NY! Glad I could give you one too!

  • “It is unclear what prompted the President to return to the site on this occasion.” Is it a muslim holiday maybe? Or perhaps he just has a victorious feeling whenever he goes.

    Oh this doesn’t surprise me. Michelleantoinette has spent untold millions on her little get a ways, so why not indulge dear leader’s desire to be campaingner in chief on the back of the tax payers for a little while longer.

    • Rshill7

      Yep, it isn’t the salary that is so great about being President. It’s the perks. Who else but a trillionaire lives like that? Who else has that much power? Good or evil.

      The Old Testament Kings showed us what befalls a nation when good leaders are in charge versus when evil ones are in charge.

      Maybe we should limit some of those perks. The power thing should already be limited by that little documented preceded by the Preamble 🙂

  • keninil

    Even in a dark suit Chris Christie looks way fat.

    • bindare

      Christie is obese but he knows how run a government. He not only can recognize a crisis but he has taken positive steps to avert fiscal calamity.

      • susiepuma

        Explain how Crispy Creme Christie knows how to run a government – he’s been a public trough sucker for his entire career – a government lawyer – we already have one of those in the WH – how does the ‘fat man’ be better than that? because he’s a loud mouth and likes to berate people? great leadership there all right……………………..

        • bindare

          If you take into consideration the fact that New Jersey was headed for fiscal chaos and Christie showed the political will, savvy, and courage to avert disaster you can give credit where credit is due. Would I support a Christie bid for president? No! I would not because he isn’t Conservative enough. He is, however, the best New Jersey has had for a while.

    • if somebody writes: “Oh, keninil, you are sooo smart!!!” – even you wouldn’t believe it, right?
      Try to think…I know it is hard…just try…one step at the time…..3 seconds a day……whateva

  • bindare

    And we thought Nixon was a crook! Over 150 fundraisers and it seems like almost as many vacations. This President does not even try to work with Congress, he just tries to figure out how to go around them as he keeps shoveling our national treasure down the croney and Union ratholes.

    • Joe

      Like Scoop said in his ad

      “He won’t rest” – Bla Bla Bla

  • 911Infidel

    Its disgusting thinking of the closet Muslim pretender being anywhere near the WTC. He’s the enemy as much as any other stealth jihadist is the enemy. And to use taxpayer monies to continue his 1% lifestyle while paying obsequious bent to the people is the height and breath of hypocracy.

  • hbnolikeee

    It must be a coinkeedink.

  • toongoon

    Don’t worry Mr. President, we got your back. The knife you’ve got in ours is awful painful.
    Our relief comes in January. The real obamacare starts when you are out of our White House.

    • GreenBeretWay

      How true toon,how true. Lately it feels like a sword.I never thought i would be praying for Fall-Winter to get here ASAP.

      • K-Bob

        Ahhh, you’re probably just worried about global warming.

  • E. Lee Zimmerman

    Yeah, this has really grown to very despicable levels. All one need do is look at Showbama’s travel schedule for the last 3 months to see that he’s scheduling an official State visit to some city along with four to five campaign visits to the same city on the same day; that way, WE’RE stuck with the bill for his travel. This thug is managing more scandals than a friggin’ soap opera, and I wish wish wish wish wish the Republicans would start DOING something about it.

    • susiepuma

      Republicans are gutless, spineless, nutless useless idiots just like the Progs – the elites in that party don’t care any more about the American people than the fraud in chief and his partay, partay all night and day sycophants……………………….. (and that includes the RINO who thinks he is entitled to be President because he has been running for 6 years)

  • hbnolikeee

    It’s funny and quite illustrative damning the rich and going to fund raisers where a plate cost 40,000.00. Perhaps he’ll hang out on the side of the road with a bottle of windex and clean windows for 10,000.00 a pop next.

  • bjohnson55

    This guy is so crooked he makes BO’s hind legs look straight.

  • GreenBeretWay

    The WTC viewing is a guise, it’s his way of checking the progress of the Ground Zero Mosque.

  • Corruption spread like a Chicago winters snow, deep and wide.

    Tea Party Patriot

    • TJ

      Like & think you have literary talent- but on the other hand, corruption is not clean like the pure driven snow God sends.

      • I stand corrected.
        How about Obama is, as corrupted as the isotopes of CAEISUM -137/134, IODINE – 134,etc, blowing in from Japans Fukushima power nuclear plant disasater and as deadly?,
        or How about as corrrupted as Aids that corrupts the body when past from one person to another through sex with the likes of Larry Sinclair; obamas ?

        God whos name is Jehovah, who is the only living God, created these isotopes as well as the snow, but when not contained they are very corrosive and deadly, just as the corruption of obama an his czars lawlessness in to America.

        Tea Party Patriot
        Impeach the black/white boy who would be King.
        If he only had a country like Kenya he could be the head dictator in charge, but I can’t help but wonder what ever happen to, Larry Sinclaire?
        I hear obama like snow as well, the type you snort through a straw.

        I have no Talent but I’m a Natural born citizen of the United States and when asked to prove my citizenship I do not need to have someone break the law to prove the that fact.
        I know, It all George Bush’s fault!

        • TJ

          I believe AIDS is one of the things referred to in Romans 1:27. Some are affected who have it passed on to them through no fault of their own though, I believe (like they needed a blood transfusion and got infected blood, for example).

          I Corinthians 6:18 ESV
          “Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body.”

          Impeach the man who would be a dictator and has done much toward destroying this nation- I believe he has not fulfilled his oath of office and I doubt he should ever have been on the ballot if he indeed, as it would appear, was born in Kenya. Obama tried drugs enthusiastically as a young person, if you can believe him. I miss Nancy Reagan’s Just Say No war on drugs!

          God, the Three in One, still is sovereign and sees all of Obama’s corruption. Let us hope God will have mercy on us in the future!

          Proverbs 29:2 ESV
          “When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, the people groan.”

          • I think we can know and understand what the strange sounds are that has been heard around the globe this year, Jeremiah 25:31…Earth Groaning =The Strange Noises.
            Luke 21:….Signs in the Sun, Moon and Stars.
            I prefer the clear open message of the original King James Version.

            Obama is a one termer, if the Lord Jesus tarrie’s his return after Jan.2013.
            But the signs aren’t very favorable the rapture will be delayed much longer.
            Luke 21:28, for example,
            Worldwide Fincial Crisis….Strange objects by the Sun, moon, …. 2011 Weird sounds simular to trumpets being heard around the globe coming from the earth and from the sky, ……. all type of animals, millions around the Globe have been dieing since 2011 and continues to this very day without scientist being able to explan the reasons why, …….Comets (stars) falling from space all around the globe,…. now Nibiru is in earths solar system heading for a near earth pass by December 2012, by way of the south, …. then 2011.11.03 Japans Tsunami, & Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant Disaster(s) Reactors leaking RADIATION Fallout around the globe poisining people, animals, food, and causing deaths worldwide & now reactor #4 on the verg of a major melt-down, …….and since 2011 the continuiung Earthquakes across the Japanese nation threatens to wipe out all human life on earth as we know it.

            Only Jesus can save, so let’s pray the falling away has slowed.
            Tea Party Patriot
            Luke 21: 28.look up.
            Ezekiel: 1:16 Beryl = silver = metal. 1:4 Amber= yellow, orange and red = fire,

            youtube or google these events and learn what’s happening all around you.

  • wodiej

    It’s obscene enough that he has went to 165 fundraisers this year but then we are paying for part of it. Obama’s motto is play first and work if there is any time left.

  • Sober_Thinking

    I realize that this is usually an incumbent privilege… but BO abuses it and doesn’t even try to hide the fact that he’s flat out stealing… during a time when so many are out of work and the economy is suffering greatly. Maybe this is the transparency he promised?

  • resolute2010

    This is the kind of “in your face dumb peasants” arrogance by these Grifters that has so infuriated Americans and he keeps on doing it. He’s too ignorant to realize that these actions only infuriate us more and more and make us determined to vote his arrogance out in November.

  • cheyennecowboy

    And just what would you expect of a family from Chicago? This guy, commander-in-thief, is the biggest thug in the world, along with his merry entourage of assistant thieves. van jones just got another $2 mil from the odumba clan. His and moochella’s squandering of our Capital will continue until he is gone in January 2013. New laws must be written to prevent this sort of thing in the future. The “thug” is going to bankrupt us. What am I saying? He already has! He should be shot for treason.

  • 12grace

    Why isn’t barry in jail?

  • It’s a given that the O’Bummer is fine with helping himself,but what would his supporters do,if the man’s thefts were stuck in their faces ? the Hollyweirds,and such creatures.

    Validate your 2nd Amendment Rights.Carry.
    Or,try this :
    “We have evolved to need coercion”
    Harvard Professor Daniel Lieberman

  • wolfveryne

    Just think ,, for the last Three Years ,, this President has Wasted each YEAR in office ,,
    Over “One Month” of the year on the Golf Course ,, and ,,
    Over “ONE Month” of the year on Vacation .