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Obama’s Fundraising Trip Will Spend Public Funds; Features Only One Job-Related Stop

July 22, 2014 by Ben Bullard

The last President did it; this President does it, and the next President will likely do it, too:

flying around on Air Force One for political cheerleading and fundraising, with a nominal job-related stop along the way to justify using public funds to pay the expense of the entire trip.

President Barack Obama’s schedule for the next three days involves jetting around on Air Force One for a trip that will include five fundraisers in three cities:

Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles, with the only planned presidential stop a speech on the economy at a vocational school in Los Angeles.

Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard did simple math to arrive at a $2.85 million price tag for that trip – and that’s only the cost of flying the plane:

At $228,288 an hour, the base flight time of 12.5 hours from Washington to Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles and back to Andrews Air Force Base will cost taxpayers $2.85 million.

Expensive?

That bill doesn’t include the cost of flying and housing staff and the Secret Service, or the prepositioning of equipment like limos to get the president from his hotel to events.

More reason to pile on Obama, right?

Sure, but he isn’t the only President who’s spent public money to generate money for his party.

Democrats were staking out moral high ground during the George W. Bush presidency, criticizing Bush for using Air Force One as a fundraising slingshot during midterm election cycles.

Obama has spent more than Bush – in part because fuel costs more now – but arguing over which President spends more is an academic matter, when set against the realization that our election laws allow for the practice in the first place.

Figuring out how the White House follows the law is itself a mystery.

“I’ve never been able to find anything concrete, so we never know the bottom-line cost of any presidential trip,”

Brian Doherty, a political science professor at the U.S. Naval Academy, told The Washington Times for a 2012 story on presidential campaign spending.
And Doherty’s an expert on the topic – he’s even written a book about it.


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timeontarget commented on Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 at 08:43 AM

This was taken from PERSONAL LIBERTY DIGEST.

Funkentelecky commented on Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 at 05:39 AM

Jimmy , just a friendly reminder. Barry is the US President right now. Do you have anything to add about his governing?

shannalat commented on Monday, Jul 28, 2014 at 13:16 PM

for the fundraising what is that saying called? To the victors go the spoils? Or winners write history? Like it or love it the government is a democratic republic. So best I can tell that means the party that wins gets to be the leader and lead as long as they respect the republic. So if they can fit fundraising in to the busy schedule well so be it.
Now as far as calling the Republicans fascism I think that points to the fact that the writer does not truly understand what fascism is. I think of course it is being used in it's Orwellian way as a type of insult to people whose views they do not agree with.
Now that insult points out one of the few flaws with democracy. One of democracies flaws is that people are mean, and stupid and often times. Far too often the majority is wrong.
What did Mark Twain say about the majority?
"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect."

So democracy can and does work but only with compassion and respect for everyone.

shannalat commented on Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014 at 10:41 AM

credentials while in some situations are good to have are not something I like to use. I think our current actions should be what define us not our previous ones. This is also part of the problem I have with the label and definition of genius. Someone could do something that seems like a great idea, but to define them as a genius because of an event or even series of events seems foolish.
It is not out of focus it is art and it is not a trailer it is a mobile home
Tech school was and is great and according to NPR http://onpoint.wbur.org/2014/02/05/co...
community college and technical college is the future (this is from a system that has been poorly ran for a long time now)
What exactly did you mean when you called the republicans fascists (which I think screams of cold war era by the way).
because the word fascists conjures up, for me, images of:
Kim Jong Un
and
XI JinPing
To JinPings credit China has made some changes to the governments structure but oppression is still at an all time high within that nation
Now I have seen acts of oppression by the United States government of their own people see:
Chelsea Manning and Snowden but usually and I remain optimistic the United States does the right thing see Daniel Ellsburg

timeontarget commented on Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 at 08:17 AM

shannalat thank you for your commentary.

Unfortunately some on this medium are prone to attack the messenger rather than address the message.

Your piece about Midway reminds me of the Lemonade stand issue some time back.

I think most government hindrances to business comes from elected officials of left leaning political beliefs.

I don't enjoy personal insults directed at anyone on this site.


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