Newport Beach Bills Obama Campaign $35,000 For Campaign Stop Expenses
An affluent beach town in Southern California recently sent President Obama a bill for $35,000 following a February campaign stop where the president attended a big fundraiser. The city manager of Newport Beach explained that because of how much money was needed to pay for extra police protection and the fact that it was a campaign event and not “official presidential business,” he wanted to treat the event like any other private one.
The New York Daily News details the circumstances of Obama’s campaign stop and the rather hefty sum the city says they owe.
Obama visited Newport’s Corona del Mar neighborhood to hold a breakfast with wealthy donors, one of several stops during a fundraising trip through the Golden State.
The campaign charged donors $2,500 a head to attend, and as much as $35,000 for a meet-and-greet, Corona del Mar Today reported.
The town’s revenue office sent the invoice to Obama’s campaign office in Chicago May 10. It’s due June 9.
The campaign has not commented on the bill.
It’s also worth noting that Newport Beach is a rather conservative town, with Republicans outnumbering Democrats by a 3 to 1 ratio.
h/t NY Daily News
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