Obama leaves cities on hook for expensive fundraiser security costs

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By: Jeffrey Klein
Political Buzz Examiner

President Barack Obama, his uber wealthy ‘Limousine Liberal’ celebrity friends, and the Democrat National Committee (DNC), are all thumbing their noses at struggling municipalities coast-to-coast–by refusing to pay for the tens of thousands of dollars it costs to provide the extraordinary security when Obama’s entourage attends $35,800 per plate fundraising dinners.

Gordon Joseloff, the first selectman of Westport, Connecticut, said the DNC and Obama for America have refused to cover the $14,812 it cost the city for additional police and fire department overtime, when President Obama attended an August 6th, $35,800 per person fundraiser at the home of movie producer Harvey Weinstein, according to a FOXNews article today.

Local officials shut down two popular public beaches to accommodate the president, along with the 238-acre Sherwood Island State Park so the president’s helicopter could land, along with the roughly two-acre Burying Hill Beach–adjacent to Weinstein’s mansion–during a heat wave.

Connecticut Republican Party Chairman Jerry Labriola, Jr. weighed in on the issue…

It is shameful that President Obama believes the taxpayers of Westport should pay for $14,812 of expenses incurred for his political campaign fundraising events. The Obama campaign should immediately reimburse the town for those costs. It’s bad enough to close down a public beach and a state park in the middle of a heat wave, in order to park the helicopter for a campaign event, but to expect the town taxpayers to also foot the bill — for events which raised millions of dollars for partisan events that relate solely to Obama’s re-election — is over the top.

The city of Newport Beach, California, has been chasing the Obama campaign for months, in an effort to get them to pay the $35,000 in added security costs of a fundraiser held there earlier this year.

In stark contrast, Team Romney reimbursed the city for security costs at a Republican fundraiser–without delay–according to the Los Angeles Times.

It seems as though the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) also has a dim view of Obama’s fiscal character and integrity, as they are now projecting a $1.1 trillion federal deficit for 2012–the fourth straight $1 trillion+ annual government shortfall, according to an Associated Press article today.

Their report also concludes that the economy will continue sputtering along at just 2.25 percent for the rest of this year, then repeated their earlier warning that the long-term fiscal outlook is uncertain–because no one knows how President Obama and Congress will resolve their standoff over expiring tax cuts and sweeping federal spending cuts beginning in January.

Actually the problem and solution are crystal clear…

When Democrats ‘owned’ the federal government from head-to-toe, during the first two years of the new Obama administration–they failed to right the ship of state and, in fact, made it worse.

Then, after the 2010 mid-term, Tea Party-driven, ‘shellacking’ of 85 Democrat congressman ushered in a divided government, President Barack Obama’s community-organizing skills have failed to get the country back on track to prosperity–while Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has used his power to ‘shelve’ over 30 measures that passed the Republican-led House that would do the job.

So, by the simple process of elimination, the only path to prosperity for America is a new Romney administration–working in partnership with both a Republican-dominated House and Senate.

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