Tuesday, May 29, 2012

California City billed Obama campaign for extra security costs

California is broke. How broke is the Golden State? It’s so broke that the wealthy beachside enclave of Newport Beach, is billing Obama’s reelection team $35,043 for the extra police security required for a presidential fundraising visit. The exclusive fundraiser took place at the Stack’s Shore Cliffs home in February. Guests looking to support the President paid $2,500 to attend, $10,000 for a photo reception and $35,800 for a “greet and breakfast.” While the Obama campaign team has not disclosed the amount of money the President raised, in the month of February the reelection effort hauled in $45 million. Newport Beach City Manager, Dave Kiff said the city’s invoice billed the President’s campaign, just as it would for any private event requiring extra security. “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. If the president was here on presidential business, we likely would not have billed for that,” Kiff said in an email to the Los Angeles Times. Advertisement Charges on the invoice included, a police lieutenant, sergeant, two other officers, a reserve officer, a senior dispatch and community officer’s time, plus overtime. The city sent the invoice to the Obama for America headquarters in Chicago and is payable by June 9th of this year. The extra police officers were tasked with keeping the peace between anti-Obama protestors and counter protestors. For more stories; http://www.examiner.com/homeland-security-in-national/kimberly-dvorak © Copyright 2012 Kimberly Dvorak All Rights Reserved.

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