Life among the 1%: $5,500 paid by Obama Campaign for all political travel in 2011

Reimbursement is for the Little People

That’s how much the Messiah’s campaign reimbursed taxpayers for everyone’s fund raising trips last year.

A search of Obama campaign Federal Election Commission reports turned up less than $5,500 in payments last year to the U.S. Treasury – and those payments did not list the purpose behind them.

“The campaign will follow all rules and pay for the portion of travel that relates to political events, as has been true for previous incumbent presidential candidates,” said Obama campaign spokeswoman Katie Hogan.

Mr. Obama’s reliance on a panoply of military aircraft and Secret Service vehicles, including armored limousines, helicopters and Air Force One, is attracting additional scrutiny this year as he crisscrosses the country at a record-setting fundraising pace.

As of March 6, Mr. Obama has participated in 191 fundraisers, already topping the re-election cycle totals of George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, who held 167 and 173 fundraisers, respectively, according to Mr. Doherty, who has been tracking figures for an upcoming book, “Rise of the President’s Permanent Campaign.”

In addition, Mr. Obama has deployed Cabinet members and senior aides across the country in aggressive and unprecedented ways. The officials will appear as surrogates at so-called “super PAC” events, as well as campaign and party events. The campaign’s “Speaker Series” programs sells time with White House advisers and Cabinet officials. For $5,000, supporters can buy a “season pass” to see officials when they come to town.


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6 responses to “Life among the 1%: $5,500 paid by Obama Campaign for all political travel in 2011

  1. The New Normal

    In a hypothetical Election 2012 matchup, Mitt Romney earns 48% of the vote, while President Obama attracts 44%. That’s Romney’s biggest advantage in over a month.

  2. Cobra

    Forget about “Buffett’s Rule,” how about the “Obama’s Rule”….Obozo and Mouchelle paid an effective federal tax rate of 20.5 percent on income of $789,674 in 2011.

    • Obummer keeps saying he doesn’t want to pay so little in taxes, so why doesn’t he give some back? For that matter, why not reimburse the Treasury for his and his staff’s campaign excursions?

  3. anon

    and now, lead story on the conservative blogosphere is that Obama paid a lower tax rate than HIS secretary. Can’t make this stuff up.

  4. Libertarian Advocate

    You show him as Loius XIV. I think he’s much more like this guy.