In a nutshell: Obama rolls into town for a pricey $35,800 fundraiser at the home of Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein; the town of Westport, CT incurs $14,812 in police and fire overtime costs; and now neither Obama nor the DNC will reimburse the expenses:
Westport’s first selectman says the town has been informed it will not be reimbursed thousands of dollars for President Barack Obama’s visit for a fundraiser earlier this month.
First Selectman Gordon Joseloff says the Democratic National Committee notified the town it will not pay police and fire overtime costs totaling $14,812.
The town asked the DNC and Obama for America to pay the overtime costs incurred when the president arrived at Sherwood Island State Park on Aug. 6 to attend a fundraiser in Stamford and a $35,800 per person dinner at the Westport home of movie producer Harvey Weinstein.
The DNC and Obama have no legal obligation to pay this, but that’s not really the point, is it? Why should taxpayers be on the hook for the President’s fundraising costs? Why should taxpayers be forced into an in-kind contribution?
Here’s an idea: Why doesn’t Harvey Weinstein pay for this? Unlike those in the 99% who will get stuck with this bill, Harvey’s got all kinds of cash. After all, $14,812 is less than a half a plate at that swank fundraiser of his.
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