JUST BILL IT TO THE PUBLIC
Yes, there are numbers to justify why Republicans get cranky about President OBama’s frequent fundraising for the Democratic Party when tax payer funds help facilitate the glittering events. We know that Mr Obama has hosted almost 400 political fundraisers since taking officer. We also know that Air Force One costs $228,288 an hour to operate, particularly for those West Coast events — just like the upcoming October 9 gala in the Hollywood home of Gwyneth Paltrow - which marks the 19th time the president has journeyed to Los Angeles for some campaign cash. Now comes another example.
The cost to stage Mr. Obamas recent 18-minute speech before camouflage-clad troops at McDill Air Force Bases — draping, sound system and so forth - was $94,360, according to Air Force records. Perhaps a bullhorn would have had more impact, but no matter. The fee went to a group called Elite Productions — this according to eagle-eyed Elizabeth Harrington, a reporter for the Washington Beacon, who figures the brief event cost $5,242.22 per minute.
“The Air Force justified the cost for the staging for Obama’s speech in the MacDill gymnasium due to ‘unusual and compelling urgency.’ according to the contract, Ms Harrington says, adding that the production company is a White House favorite.
According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Mr. Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign paid the company $2,221,713, she adds.