The city spent $35,043 on police officers when President Obama stopped in Corona del Mar in February for a campaign breakfast, and revenue officials have sent his campaign an invoice to recoup the costs.This was not an official presidential visit, but a high dollar campaign fundraiser. Why should the taxpayers of Newport Beach pick up the tab for that? It shouldn't hurt the campaign - after all, $35,000 is less than what one person paid to attend the Obama/George Clooney fundraiser a couple weeks ago.
City Manager Dave Kiff said the invoice was his idea.
"I think it is appropriate to treat it like a private event – if another private event that large and which required that much police presence occurred, we would bill the event sponsor," he said in an email. "If the president was here on presidential business, we likely would not have billed for that."
Saturday, May 26, 2012
Only seems fair, and we all know how important it is to Obama that everyone pay their fair share:
Posted by Rick Moore on 5/26/2012