Taxpayers Dinged for Obama Fundraiser

Tuesday, 26 Jun 2012 11:10 AM

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President Barack Obama’s fund-raising and politicking trip to Boston may cost the city as much as $200,000 and critics are fuming.

“Given that many municipalities are facing budget crunches of their own, squeezing them even further for political events can grate on a lot of residents’ nerves,” Pete Sepp, vice president of the conservative-leaning National Taxpayers Union, told the Boston Herald.

David Tuerck, a government ethics watchdog with Suffolk University, told the paper, “It’s an atrocious waste of taxpayer money. There is no taxpayer interest in any of this. It’s all about getting him re-elected, and the campaign should pay for everything.”

City officials refused to provide an accounting of what the president’s visit cost Boston, but some estimated that security in the form of Boston police officers could run from $150,000 to $200,000.

Obama was in town for a $3 million-plus fundraiser and made stops at Hamersley’s Bistro in the South End and at Symphony Hall, where he endorsed Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren, the Herald reported.

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino rejected criticism over security costs. “It’s very exciting for the city. I’ll just say we’re honored by having him here tonight,” Menino said according to the Herald.


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