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Keith and stuff
12-20-2012, 04:40 PM
Obama isn't so good about paying his bills. Then again, the city didn't have to spend the money. The city could have said no up front. Maybe cities will do that in the future. The back story on this is that Obama could have visited another part of the city. The city wanted him to visit a different part of the city that wasn't right in downtown because the city claimed it wouldn't have because major issues for businesses, traffic and lead to the closing of schools.

Obama refuses to pay Portsmouth $30K for campaign visit costs
By Elizabeth Dinan
edinan@seacoastonline.com
December 19, 2012 1:08 PM
http://www.seacoastonline.com/articles/20121219-NEWS-121219723


Republican City Councilor Ken Smith was an advocate for seeking reimbursement from the Obama campaign committee and said Wednesday that the committee should pay because the visit was purely a campaign stop.

While stating it was “an honor and a privilege to have the president of the United States here,” Smith said, Obama's campaign raised “hundreds of millions of dollars to cover the costs of their campaign.”

“Because it was not an official visit, they should pay,” he said.

Part of the local costs, Smith said, were for local police officers to stand by while the president, vice president and their wives had lunch at Mombo restaurant.

Durham Town Administrator Todd Selig provided Seacoast Media Group with a similar letter that town received from the Obama campaign. Durham's request for reimbursement for costs associated with a presidential campaign visit was denied and the town was also referred to the Secret Service.

“In addition, Portsmouth City Manager John Bohenko and I have discussed this issue recently and plan to reach out jointly to our federal legislative delegation after the New Year to inquire whether the matter could be equitably addressed for all cities and towns across the country through federal campaign finance reform focusing upon this pressing issue for taxpayers at the local level,” Selig said.

opal
12-20-2012, 06:09 PM
oh.. so they sent a *request* for reimbursement .. bad choice. Just send a bill. When it doesn't get paid, turn his ass over to a collection agency

Keith and stuff
12-21-2012, 12:58 AM
oh.. so they sent a *request* for reimbursement .. bad choice. Just send a bill. When it doesn't get paid, turn his ass over to a collection agency

Great point. Here is the Union Leaders take on the issue.

December 21. 2012 12:14AM
Campaign security: Bill candidates first
EDITORIAL
http://www.unionleader.com/article/20121221/OPINION01/121229808


The Mitt Romney campaign was pretty good about paying for security costs for New Hampshire events during the general election. Nashua, Milford and St. Anselm College all billed the campaign, and the campaign paid the tab. The Obama campaign, on the other hand, repeatedly refused to pay.

In a response to this newspaper and a letter to Portsmouth, Obama campaign officials said they had no role in making security decisions, so the campaign should not be expected to pay. After employing that non-sequiter, the campaign directed local officials to the Secret Service, suggesting that federal taxpayers might help defray the burden placed on local taxpayers.

We do not find that at all surprising. To avoid such responsibility-shifting in the future, local governments should establish policies that state clearly whether they expect campaigns to pay for all or a portion of security costs. They should let campaign officials know of those policies in writing when events are planned, not after they happen. Then, if campaigns knowingly stiff the taxpayers, local officials will have something useful to share with the public.

tttppp
12-21-2012, 08:53 AM
oh.. so they sent a *request* for reimbursement .. bad choice. Just send a bill. When it doesn't get paid, turn his ass over to a collection agency

Thats bad practice but thats how its done. It really should go through court.