In 2008, Obama For America made use of plenty of campaign spots. This week the Nevada Journal reports that several local governments are having trouble getting the campaign to pick up the tab for campaign stops-in 2008. Taxpayers have been on the hook for thousands of dollars in campaign expenses for four years.
This is a long article, but definitely worth a read in full. The campaign has ignored several requests for reimbursement in different cities, and even flat out refused requests. When officials in Durham, NH asked the campaign to $20,000-$30,000 in safety expenses, they received the following reply:
As a private organization, OFA does not participate in security or traffic control planning. All such decisions, including their impact on costs incurred by federal, state or local governments, are exclusively within the control of the appropriate government officials. Should there be a question about the allocation of expenses among the cooperating authorities, we assume that it should be directed to the U.S. Secret Service.
Interestingly, it wasn't until newspapers started reporting on this that the campaign began to repay its expenses.
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