City Sends Obama Campaign $35K Invoice for CdM Visit

posted: May 25th, 2012 11:20 am | 26Comments

The City of Newport Beach spent $35,043.04 on police officers when President Obama stopped in Corona del Mar in February for a campaign breakfast, and revenue officials have sent his campaign an invoice to recoup the costs.

City Manager Dave Kiff said the invoice was his idea.

“I think it is appropriate to treat it like a private event – if another private event that large and which required that much police presence occurred, we would bill the event sponsor,” he said in an email. “If the President was here on presidential business, we likely would not have billed for that.”

The invoice is dated May 10 and is due June 9.

The expenses include costs for a police lieutenant, sergeant, two officers, a reserve officer, a senior dispatch officer, a community service officer plus overtime. The breakdown of costs ranged from $12,203.45 for the police officer to $307.79 for the community service officer’s overtime, according to the document.

The memo was sent from the city’s Revenue Department to the Obama For America office in Chicago. As of late Thursday, there had been no response or payment, said Tara Finnigan, a Newport Beach spokeswoman.

The Feb. 16 breakfast was held at the Shore Cliffs home of Jeff and Nancy Stack. Entrance to the breakfast cost $2,500 per person, with a $10,000 photo reception and breakfast option and a $35,800 “greet + breakfast” option, according to the invitation.

Published reports stated that Obama raised $45 million in February and at least $8 million in six fundraisers in Los Angeles, San Francisco and at the Stack home.

An email and telephone message sent to campaign workers seeking comment for this story were not immediately answered.

Kiff said the presidential visit, which drew crowds of protesters and counter protesters that Obama likely never saw along East Coast Highway, was an honor.

“We are of course always honored when any US official, especially the President, comes to visit our community,” his email said.


26 Responses to “City Sends Obama Campaign $35K Invoice for CdM Visit”

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Jay T

May 25th, 2012

100% payment! This was an obnoxious money grab and had nothing to do with governing for the people of this city, county, state nor nation. Stick it to him like he has stuck the rest of us with trillions in debt.

Marion

May 25th, 2012

They should have been forced to sign a compensatory agreement before the event took place, but better late than never. What I wonder is, does our City have any recourse if Obama's campaign group doesn't pay their bill?

jr

May 25th, 2012

Comments like Jay make this world ugly. "Stick it to him"? "If" the Obama campaign requested the service I'm assuming they were told they would be billed for such service, and YES should pay. HOWEVER, if they did not requested the service and out of precaution the city did it, then they have no right to bill anyone. Otherwise it's sounds like political theater to pander to people like Jay.

InterestingStuff

May 25th, 2012

As jr said, if there was no mention of the services being provided at a cost to the administration, they don't really have a leg to stand on.

Rik

May 25th, 2012

The City is obligated to protect it's citizens period. If there was any other gathering, including 4th of July gatherings, weekend parties, excessive police calls to residences the city does bill the homeowner for even their tenants actions. Even during a FUNERAL the police is paid for it's special services. Any commercial venue is billed for the manpower and cost of services. This includes Boat Show, street fair, any business that is done "FOR PROFIT" and this event was a "FOR PROFIT event to make a profit for the campaign coffers of "A CANDIDATE." It had nothing to do with him performing the duties he currently has the responsibility to fulfill. Maybe the american people SHOULD send him a bill for the use of Airforce One he is using to make a profit for his reelection business. I wonder if the State of California should send him a tax bill for the revenues he collected during his business venture and took out of state. These donors PAID for the services they received. If $2500 was the cost of breakfast and the donor deducted $2500 on his taxes eh is violating the IRS Code because he received a service for the price paid. The same goes for the picture and signature of Obama. You pay any other celebrity for their picture and signature don't we? This is like paying for a ticket to any commercial venue. There are so many issues and questions this brings up. The bottom line, his campaign business needs to pay it's vendors, and not demand they donate for free.

Lori

May 25th, 2012

Great Job Dave....all events like this should pay for this kind city services. They may have not asked for it, but what if our officers had not shown up at all? It was HIS campaign event that caused the ruckus. So yes, his campaign office should pay the bill. Again, thanks for looking out for the taxpaying residents of Newport Beach!

SB

May 25th, 2012

"Kiff said the presidential visit, which drew crowds of protesters and counter protesters that Obama likely never saw along East Coast Highway, was an honor" So, to confirm, Kiff said the presidential visit was an honor. (without the spin)

Lola

May 25th, 2012

Maybe the City of Newport Beach should send the bill to Jeff and Nancy Stack since they were the hosts of the private event.

Jay T

May 26th, 2012

Is it not ironic that this man takes money from people whom he bashes all day before the media. The likes of Wall Street or the conservative enclaves of Orange County. He must of been in disgust as he passed through town at the sight of such a nice and well maintained city built on individualism, fiscal and self responsibility. Chances are he will welch on taking responsibility and pass it on to us. Just like the debt he has handed the rest of the nation.

jr

May 26th, 2012

Lola: Not nice to point fingers to neighbors by name, specially whole hiding behind an alias. I don't remember so much complaining while $50 K where spent on a dumb statue for Ronald Reagan, who had no relation whatsoever to Newport Beach, and yet, our Harbor View elementary school struggles to raise money to have a music teacher or a PE teacher. What $50K could have done for our kid's school? Sad to see the bitterness and priorities of our neighbors. How can you live here, in paradise and be so angry all the time?

Roger Doger

May 26th, 2012

So how much did Rick Perry's campaign reimburse the city for his visit to Rogers Gardens? I know for a fact there were a number of uniformed and plainclothes detectives patrolling that venue. Or perhaps God just sent a check for that one direct from Heaven ... seeing as how he'd told 'ol Rick to run for President and all.

Richard

May 26th, 2012

He is the President of the United States. Cut him a break.

Armando

May 26th, 2012

Wondering if Newt Ginrich paid his tab when he visited Newport earlier this year......

Ed

May 26th, 2012

Bill to the hosts, maybe apolitical; Bill to the guest, Obama, political. I hear mention of treating this like any other event. Are these event organizers notified ahead of time about the costs or after the fact? As long as all politicians are treated equally, I have no problem charging them. And any visit the President--or any politician--made would be campaigning/fundraising, that's the nature of politics.

OTGrouch

May 27th, 2012

Mr.jr, let us not have a lot of finger pointion over the use of aliases.

Randall

May 27th, 2012

Each month not paid charge 10% per month until paid. If it goes past July. Continue to charge the 10% and remove his name from the President Ballot.

Lori

May 27th, 2012

RICHARD: We "cut him a break" when he was elected and he hasn't done a good job since...but I guess you get what you pay for, an "Organizer In Chief" is not my idea of a good president...sorry.

shannon

May 27th, 2012

this is the most disgusting display of partisan bickering imagineable. The sitting President of the United States, and a particularly unique one, at that, has done your community the honor of a personal visit. How much economic value was recieved by local businesses because of this event? Do you think it actually cost your community money? Pathetic. Show a little patriotism. No matter what party the President is from, or what you think of him personally, disrespectiing the man holding the office not only disrespects the office and the institution of the Presidency, and our government and country as a whole. You should be ashamed. You clearly do not deserve the honor of a Presidential visit, and you will not likely get another anytime soon. Remember, the last guy to hold the office created this giant mess, yet no one suggests disrespecting him so personally. I love LA. but I will never go to your stuck up excuse for a city.

Jakil

May 28th, 2012

Why the hate? I love the way our nation is blaming him for our debt. The man has been in office for less than four years and we are trying to blame him for forty five years of debt. Richard Nixon(5yrs), Gerald Ford(4yrs in office vice president & president), Jimmy Carter (4yrs) Ronald Reagan (8yrs), George H. W. Bush (4yrs), Bill Clinton (8yrs), George W.Bush Jr. (8yrs), and Barack Obama (4yrs). What Obama has done, should have been done along time ago. What is that saying," you have to spend money to make money" Republicians stop thinking about your own pockets.

jr

May 28th, 2012

Wow, it's amazing how a question about a bill became an angry and bitter mob. Before you complain about this president, who was elected by the majority of Americans, pay for the bills of the last president. Like the war you championed. The tax cuts for the rich, the wall street bailout. You heard the tune now pay the piper. Republicans love to complain about spending and Govermenet when they are doing great, but when they are in trouble they want socialized bailouts for all rich people. POP QUIZ: What president raised the debt ceiling 18 times, raised taxes when unemployment was nearing 11% and raises taxes seven out of the eight years he was in office? Ronald Reagan. Compared to him, Obama is a hard core fiscal conservative.

Sandra Dee

May 28th, 2012

You might want to cut President Obama a little slack since his appearance in Newport Beach was in February, but his presidential campaign didn’t officially begin until April. But President Obama’s February visit was a fund-raiser, and despite the fact that Newport Beach is very strongly Republican, the President was able to raise over a million there during his 2008 campaign. A visit from an elected president is bound to attract some attention, but does Newport Beach send a bill to every note-worthy who visits? For example, did Newport Beach send a bill to Mitt Romney when he appeared at Newport Beach’s Orange County Republicans at the Pacific Club on Thursday, August 28, 2008 to thank past supporters of his Presidential campaign and ask those supporters to assist the California Republican Party with its fundraising efforts for the November election? And did they bill Romney when he appeared at the Claremont Institute’s California Public Policy Conference at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach, California, on Saturday, December 5, 2009? Or in a seven-car motorcade, headed for a big-money fundraiser expected to attract Orange County’s leading Republican donors on March 27th, 2012? Just to illustrate how Newport Beach butters bread, the Presidential Donor Lookup lists thousands of residents of Newport Beach, California who have donated to this present presidential campaign. Overwhelmingly they have given their money to the campaign of Mitt Romney. http://www.opensecrets.org/pres12/se...ft=&cycle=2012

tina

May 29th, 2012

I am curious as to how the city manager did he not clear this up prior to the event? Are there rules involved when the POTUS visits a city? In the case of most events, planners negotiate rates and expenses with "vendors" before the event. There is something missing from this story.

robincdm

May 30th, 2012

(Originally penned in 2010)...You didn't get mad when the Patriot Act got passed. You didn't get mad when we illegally invaded a country that posed no threat to us. You didn't get mad when we spent over 800 billion (and counting) on said illegal war. You didn’t get mad when Bush borrowed more money from foreign sources than the previous 42 Presidents combined. You didn't get mad when over 10 billion dollars in cash just disappeared in Iraq. You didn't get mad when you found out we were torturing people. You didn’t get mad when Bush embraced trade and outsourcing policies that shipped 6 million American jobs out of the country. You didn't get mad when the government was illegally wiretapping Americans. You didn't get mad when Bush said he wasn't concerned about Bin Laden, just a few months after 911. You didn’t get mad when Bush rang up 10 trillion dollars in combined budget and current account deficits. You didn't get mad when you saw the horrible conditions at Walter Reed. You didn't get mad when we let a major US city, New Orleans, drown. You didn't get mad when we gave people who had more money than they could spend, the filthy rich, over a trillion dollars in tax breaks. You didn’t get mad with the worst 8 years of job creations in several decades. You didn’t get mad when over 200,000 US Citizens died over an 8-year period because they had no health insurance. You didn’t get mad when lack of oversight and regulations from the Bush Administration caused US Citizens to lose 12 trillion dollars in investments, retirement, and home values. You finally got mad when a black man was elected President and decided that people in America deserved the right to see a doctor if they are sick. Yes, illegal wars, lies, corruption, torture, job losses by the millions, stealing your tax dollars to make the rich richer, and the worst economic disaster since 1929 are all okay with you, but helping fellow Americans who are sick...oh hell no. AND NOW (in 2012) YOU HAVE THE UNMITIGATED GALL TO GET MAD??!!! Over 35 thousand dollars. How appalling.

Jay T

May 30th, 2012

Ummmm Robin we DID get mad... and NOW we are even MADDER!

robincdm

May 31st, 2012

So Mitt Romney is coming the the Balboa Bay Club tomorrow night. Will the decibel level be as loud toward the Romney campaign to repay the extra police services as they were for Obama's visit?

Joel Drotts

May 31st, 2012

I'm not sure from a Contracts point of view they can do that. Had the township stated upfront it will cost us $35,000 in fees to host the Presediential Campaign Lunch, then maybe his campaigne would had not gone through there. At the same time Presidents have campaigned while in Office since George Washington's time, and if the Secret Service felt the need to ask local Cops for help then so be it. How dumb would this town feel is the President got shot in this little po-dunk town? From a Political stand point, the President is in a bind. Now if he pays it, then every town is going to think they get to charge the Presidents Campaign for beefed up security. If they do so to Romney, I guess fair is fair. If he has $48 million War Chest, and this little town is hurting for the money, it couldn't hurt to seem generous and pay the stupid little bill. However, as there is no precedent behind such a thing, and sets such a bad precedent thereafter. If he pays and is generous, then every town he goes to will be forced to sign wiavers stating they won't charge the Campaigne. Constitutionally, the Federal Government can't recision State or Local Cops. That's why the Fed's have to bust the Pot Clubs, cause California wants them, the Counties want the taxes, and it's a fluirishing business. Therefore, the State Govenor says "Ok, that's a nice law you've passed for us, but you must use your resources not ours to police the thing." Personally, I think the whole thing is chicken shit, pardon my French. Shouldn't Cops protect the President, no matter where they're from. Moreover, it wasn't the cops, it was some bean counter in some back water po-dunk town, who wants to get his name in the paper or something. Unless, the town is really broke. If the town is really actually broke, the $35,000 hurt the Town Coffers that bad, the President should pay the $35,000 along with a note "Obama Cares." However, I can't imagine a township needing the money that bad, if the Presidents campaign had it marked off as a "Fundraising Town." They don't through the $10,000 a plate meet the President breakfast fundraisers in places where people don't have $10,000 to spend on such things. Campaign Law, is it's own beast, and I'd check some where in there. The President is allowed to use Air Force One and Government modes of transportation to move himself and a certain amount of his campaign staff about the Country, in order to run for his second term. Regan, and the last two Bush's did it. This is just a chicken shit story. If I was the President, who has the war chest of $48 million and rising, I'd write the stupid check, do it publically, and on the note line put Obama Cares. Just so the story shuts up, they look stupid and petty enough to where other bean counters won't do this again, and the President looks generous and above the pettiness.


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