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Sticker Shock: How Much Obama’s Fundraising Jaunts Cost


The President has his priorities, as we learned after the September 11th terror attack in Benghazi. The day after four Americans were killed, including our Ambassador, President Obama jetted off to Las Vegas to raise money for his fellow Democrats. Even after assuming his second, and thankfully, last, term in office, the President is still in perpetual campaign mode, leaving actual governing on the back-burner.

So how much is this perpetual campaign mode costing American taxpayers? The Washington Examiner reports,

Taxpayers had to cough up $1,159,823 in just one month to fly President Obama to New York and Denver to raise money for Democrats and attend an LGBT event, according to documents obtained by a taxpayer watchdog group [Judicial Watch].

The group said that the costly fundraisers are a continuation of the president’s overuse of Air Force One for political purposes.

“President Obama should be held to account for the exorbitant costs to taxpayers of his political fundraising activities,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “Given the costs to taxpayers of his trip, that glass of beer in Denver the president chugged may have been the most expensive in history.”

With wars raging around the world, it’s no wonder that almost 50 percent of Americans feel less safe than they did before 9/11. Instead of staying on duty, the President is committed to having his ego stroked at fundraising event after event. Now that it’s clear how much these events are costing taxpayers, will the President and his party reimburse us for the cost of these jaunts, even if he cannot replace the time wasted? Considering the outrageous amounts of money raised at these gatherings ($40k per plate is within the realm of normal), it’s not too much to ask.