Concord, NH- On a September campaign stop at the Strawberry Banke Museum in Portsmouth, President Obama and his entourage cost the historic city over $30,000 in police, fire and public works support. When the Portsmouth City Council, by a majority vote, rightfully asked his campaign for reimbursement, the President refused, leaving the city to recover costs that it never expected to have.
"This is the epitome of the fiscal cliff debate in Washington. The President and the Democrat party feel they can spend, spend, spend without any consequence or ownership," said New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Wayne MacDonald. "When the campaign raised hundreds of millions of dollars, this is what we expected they would spend it on. It is unfair to burden the City of Portsmouth and its citizens with such a large bill when they are forced to host events for political candidates. Because this was not an official visit, Obama for America should have appropriately budgeted for these expenses and must settle their debt with Portsmouth."