President Obama is not only losing the fundraising battle to his GOP counterpart during this 2012 Presidential Election, he is also avoiding payment for some of his campaigning expenses.
One would assume that the President would be responsible for footing the bill for security and logistics expenses occurred while campaigning, but Obama and his campaign don’t necessarily appear to agree with that after they refused to pay the $20,000 for police, fire, and EMS services required for the President’s visit to Durham, New Hampshire.
The city of Durham did not have enough money budgeted for the services required to manage the hoopla, but believed the Obama for America campaign should have helped them out. “Some people are very positive about the position that the town has taken to date, and others have been very critical. Some expressed it as being ‘un-American’ the position we have taken, others feel it is the right thing to do, and campaigns, whoever the party, whatever the party, should pay the costs associated with the visit,” said Todd Selig, the Durham Manager.
So to break this all down, a city could not afford to fund a celebrity appearance by the incumbent presidential candidate, the Obama campaign expects the town to pay for costs they create, and then the town is stuck with figuring out how to cover the costs they knew they couldn’t pay beforehand.
That honestly just sounds kind of rude of the Obama campaign. I know they aren’t doing the job wish they were doing with fundraising, but helping pay just $20,000 for costs doesn’t seem like it would be so tough to do, but then again we haven’t seen Obama as an incumbent President before. He gives handouts, and he apparently accepts them too.
Thankfully for the city, an anonymous donor paid the safety costs, but still believed the campaign should have been responsible for the bill. The town generally agrees to pay for Presidential visits, but this was a campaign stop, so the campaign should absolutely be responsible for covering costs.