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Ju­di­cial Watch — which has long tracked White House ex­penses paid for with tax­payer funds — has re­leased a new up­date on the to­tal travel ex­penses for for­mer Pres­i­dent Obama. The cost: $105,662,975 and 27 cents, to be ex­act.

“It is trou­bling to see such mas­sive amounts of money paid out for trips that ap­pear to have min­i­mal value to the pub­lic in­ter­est,” said Tom Fit­ton, pres­i­dent of the watch­dog group, which bases its tally on travel records ob­tained through Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion Act re­quests.

Among the specifics: Mr. Obama’s ap­pear­ance at a 2016 cam­paign rally for Hil­lary Clin­ton’s cam­paign rally in Or­lando, Florida, cost $150,531 in ho­tels; $103,527 in air or rail fare; $11,589 in car rentals and $5,829 in as­sorted “equip­ment” for a to­tal of $271,468.

The for­mer pres­i­dent’s trip to Los An­ge­les in Oc­to­ber to ap­pear at two fundrais­ers and an ap­pear­ance on “Jimmy Kim­mel Live” cost $127,822 in ho­tels; $38,715 in travel fares; $24,326 in equip­ment and $4,992 in car rentals for a to­tal of $195,855.

Yes, the watch­dog group is also fol­low­ing Pres­i­dent Trump’s travel ex­penses, which have so far to­taled about $4 mil­lion.

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