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Iowa Patch Poll: Who Should Pay the Costs for Political Campaign Stops?

Frequent campaign stops can rack up bills for communities playing host to political candidates, such as President Barack Obama or GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. Who should pay?

Campaign stops add up, and so do the bills for the cities and states playing host: security, traffic control, disruption of city services.

Some communities are trying to bill the campaigns. On Tuesday, the city council in Portsmouth, NH, voted for any extra fees from campaign stops between now and the General Election. Selectmen in Windham, NH, debated sending the $5,000-plus bill for a stop last month to the Obama campaign, but decided against it.

Newport Beach, CA billed the Obama campaign $35,000 for security services rendered, and later $10,000 to the Romney camp for keeping the peace and closing streets. Meanwhile, last month, the DNC refused to reimburse $14,000 to Westport, CT, for expenses from an Obama stop.

Iowa communities have hosted Obama and Romney, and their surrogates, dozens of times this year. Just Friday, with VP Joe Biden and their spouses. The same day Romney descended on Orange City.

Is it worth the price for front-row seats to presidential politics, or should the campaigns dip into their multimillion-dollar war chests to pay their way?

Joe Stutler September 11, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Dear Tim, Your continued rudeness tells us all we need to know about you. One question remains: Did your mother not raise you right or did you dispose of your manners more recently?
V. Scheurich September 12, 2012 at 10:14 PM
The President has a "Spine of Steel". When will the Obama/Clinton/Biden "Apology Tour" start all over again? How much more of our money is Barack going to give Egypt ($1.5 Billion already). V.P. Joe Biden: "General Motors is alive and Osama bin Laden is dead......and so is Ambassador Christopher Stevens"! 1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKCwQnIygcw 2. Apologies: http://weaselzippers.us/2012/09/12/allen-west-shreds-obama-over-libya-killings-says-his-appeasement-towards-the-islamic-world-has-manifested-itself-into-unconscionable-hatred/ 3. Rules of Engagement policy by Barack Obama on Muslims: Rubber bullets at our embassy in Tunisia. How would you like your son to have rubber bullets defending sovereign territory? http://weaselzippers.us/2012/09/12/breaking-tunisians-protesting-mohammed-movie-attempt-to-storm-u-s-embassy-police-fire-tea-gas-and-rubber-bullets-to-disperse-protesters/ 4. Spiking the football by Barack Obama has sparked these killings! http://hotair.com/archives/2011/08/07/opening-on-october-12-2012-the-obama-is-totally-awesome-blockbuster-movie/
Jim Zupan September 21, 2012 at 09:53 PM
Come on people...you can only depend on the NYT to bring you left wing news. Think for yourselves, do not believe the media. Listening to the NYT is like listening to RUSH. They are extremist the both of them. Unfortunately in this election people are voting based on the color of their skin, their sexual orientation, or their religious beliefs, not on what is best for the country as a whole. This election makes me sick.
Maria Houser Conzemius September 22, 2012 at 05:16 PM
+1, Nurse Ratchet!! I read your link and it IS difficult to understand, but I think I get it. If would-be Twit Romney and Maul Ryan ever spit out all of the things they're for and all of the things they're against, I think even the Far Right would recoil in horror. Needless to say, they tell us "details to come after the election." Not good enough for me.
Maria Houser Conzemius September 22, 2012 at 05:19 PM
V. Scheurich, if Seal Team Six can give grudging support for Pres. Obama's call to get Osama bin Laden, despite all of the risks, why can't you? Read "No Easy Day" about Seal Team Six's raid and the credit given to Jen, a CIA officer, for finding Osama bin Laden after looking for him for almost a decade. She was "100% certain" that bin Laden was "the Pacer," and she was right. Geronimo!!

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