Campaigning on the taxpayers' dime
September 27th, 2011
10:57 PM ET
11 years ago

Campaigning on the taxpayers' dime

(CNN) - During President Obama's three-day swing through Washington State, California and Colorado, he fielded questions at a town hall meeting in Silicon Valley and visited a high school in Denver. Two official events to promote his jobs plan. Compare that to seven fundraisers he headlined, raising at least $8 million for his re-election campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

Who paid for the trip? You did. And so did we. Taxpayers are footing the bill for almost the entire trip, which also cost millions of dollars.


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  1. Master11

    this world has been screwed up for a very long time and I dont hear anyone complaining about all the greed and scams that the Reagan administration started. the Bush administration had their hands in, dirty hands up to their elbows and you are looking and expecting President Obama to fix all of that mess, mess that began way before he was even old enough to vote. You need a scape goat and you have set your sights on a black man that was voted into office by people who are tired of the bologna and the lies and the stealing that has been going in politics for too long. How in the world do you expect a man that has been in office 3 years to fix all of the mess that was done in the dark for a very long time, Obama didnt start the war in Iraq, Afghanistan, or even Iran, Obama didnt allow our school system to blow up in our faces and cause the economy to fall, Obama didnt take away the jobs that we all lost, Obama did not allow these greedy doctors to keep on getting richer and profiting off of the unhealthy. Obama did not steal people's retirement money and not pay it back, Obama cannot fix all the problems that were created and you dont care if he does you just want someone to blame well what you need to do is look in the mirror, how about that

    September 27, 2011 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  2. kat

    Does this guy have no shame? With our debt in the condition it's in, I could think of many ways to better spend tax dollars. Give it up Clown... You're done in 2012

    September 28, 2011 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  3. Vanessa

    That's fine with me.. I want him to be reelected! Obama/Biden!!

    September 28, 2011 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  4. Dee

    President Obama is trying to push his job bill and people are still not satisfied they are always denigrating this man. He is not the only President who went out and spoke to the people Why are we putting a price tag on him

    It is pure politics if he said your house was on fire you wouldnt believe it and would probably let the house burn down Why? because a man of color said so. LET'S BE FOR REAL

    September 28, 2011 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  5. reatte texas

    well what is new between the two obama's they have spent there fair share of taxpayer money i just hope that when all this is said and done that he will not be in the white house any longer we need some fresh ideas i thought three years ago that it was obama but boy was i made out to be a liar and he kept saying hope and change but so far the hope and the change has been put under the whiote house for some reason oh yea he is a politician and the majority of them lie from both sides of the isle and that is what is wrong with the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA no one whats to been seen saying anything about obama because he is black well to me i could care less if he had done what i thought he was going to it would have been great but he went in the other direction so i guess i will have to wait and see if we get a fresh take or the same old hope and change

    GOD BLESS THE U.S.A. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 28, 2011 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  6. A Democrat in North Carolina

    I donot care who paid for it. And yes i work and pays taxes so what do i care the truth of the matter is the taxes on the rich need to be raised.

    September 28, 2011 02:25 am at 2:25 am |
  7. "The GOP biggest deception is getting the Poor and Middle class to believe they are out to help them"

    Come on CNN! A note should be made that this is done by many former Presidents too!!! The media desperate need for a story never fails!!!

    September 28, 2011 04:28 am at 4:28 am |
  8. Little Jimmy Truth

    That's true about who paid his trips.

    Who paid to hire any actor, who speak any topic for supporting Obama and against GOP?

    September 28, 2011 04:48 am at 4:48 am |
  9. Donkey Party

    Cheap propaganda CNN, every President does this.

    September 28, 2011 05:03 am at 5:03 am |
  10. Name king

    Here we go again with these right winged lunatics, the president is responsible for the well being of this country. This is what we pay him to do. If the no no no congress is willing to see America burn just because they are power hungry, it's the president job to make his case to the people since he's the one who ultimately will be blamed. Lesson the president policy of green jobs and creating demand is under siege by the repugs; Their backing of big oil to stop punishing our consumers with high gas price and create green jobs to save our planet from certain destruction is ludicrous. Their unwillingness to create demand in an over crowded business economy by modernizing our infrastructures is down right treasonous. Lesson is time you backward writers start looking at the big picture and see that it ain't because of tax too high, " which are the lowest in 60 years", it ain't because of regulations " which are lower than the Clinton era booming years", and the business world know that their is certainty about any new regulations because the tea baggers will say no. The problem is that we have an over crowded business economy and low and dwindling demand structure. The repugs know this but they will feed the gullible in our economy voodoo economic about tax cuts and regulations. I thought our capitalism logo was supply and demand.

    September 28, 2011 05:08 am at 5:08 am |
  11. Elaine

    Why can we not stop it?

    September 28, 2011 05:23 am at 5:23 am |
  12. T'sah from Virginia

    â–ºCampaigning on the taxpayers' dime
    But PLEASE before judging take the time
    To read the FULL article then you'll relax
    Because ALL Presidents campaign on your tax!!

    Obama/Biden 2012!!!

    September 28, 2011 06:31 am at 6:31 am |
  13. GI Joe

    Yeah – the same as we paid for Shrub's campaign in 2003/2004 - so what? It is what it is. Get over it.

    September 28, 2011 06:45 am at 6:45 am |
  14. Steve Jackson

    Taxes has always paid for trips made by president plus we pay his salary we need to STOP paying for any of his trips when president goes someplace take it out of the salary we pay does the company you work for pay for your trip

    September 28, 2011 08:00 am at 8:00 am |