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Examiner Editorial: Obamascam: Campaigning on taxpayer dollars


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539201Washington Examiner:

Minutes after he was sworn in as America's 44th commander in chief, President Obama told the American people, "Those of us who manage the public's dollars will be held to account, to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day. Because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government."

Fast forward to earlier this month, when Obama traveled to Florida to attend three political fundraisers for his re-election campaign over two days. Obama made sure that taxpayers, not his donors, paid for the trip. By adding on a 34-minute speech -- itself a partisan diatribe promoting the Buffett Rule at Florida Atlantic University -- Obama was able to classify the entire trip as "official" business, and stick taxpayers with most of the bill.

We wish we could tell you how much taxpayers had to pay to transport and house Obama while he raised money for partisan political purposes, but the Democratic National Committee has declined to disclose how much they reimburse the government. So much for doing "business in the light of day."

Obama is by no means the first president to use taxpayer resources to campaign, but he has taken it much further than his immediate predecessor. CBS News White House correspondent Mark Knoller reports that Obama has attended more than 115 fundraisers since he announced his re-election on April 4 of last year, 80 percent of them outside Washington. President Bush attended only 90 during his entire first term.Scissors-32x32.png

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