Judicial Watch’s president Tom Fitton said, “Taxpayers should be outraged that Barack Obama’s wastes 4.4 million of their precious tax dollars on golf vacations and political fundraising…And to make matters worse, the Secret Service has simply refused to respond to our requests for documents about the security costs of these controversial trips. The Obama travel scandal is about abuse of office, abuse of the taxpayer, and contempt for the rule of law.”
Judicial Watch: President Obama’s spring golf outings were a bit pricey ($4.4 million) http://t.co/F7WZQXx5sb
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Fitton’s comments critical of the president arise from his organization’s request for information under the Freedom of Information Act. Judicial Watch “obtained records from the U.S. Department of the Air Force revealing that Barack Obama’s February and March 2015 travel for golf vacations and fundraisers totaled $4,436,245.50 in taxpayer-funded transportation expenses.”
The majority of the money spent was for the president to attend fundraisers for the DNC and for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s reelection campaign. The expenditures do not include the costs that the Secret Service incurred to keep the president and his staffers safe. That’s because the Secret Service has refused to comply with the law set forth under the FOI Act, which requires complete transparency when a request is made for records. The president’s travel expenses were made available and include the following expenses.
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Obama’s February 14, 2015, golf outing to Palm Springs required a five-hour flight, costing taxpayers a total of $1,031,685.
Transportation for Obama’s February 19 day trip to Chicago cost taxpayers $619,011.00.
Transportation for Obama’s March 2015 fundraising trip to Los Angeles cost taxpayers $1,980,835.20.
Obama’s March 28, 2015, golf outing to Palm city required a 3.9-hour flight, costing taxpayers $804,870.30.
Not to be outdone by the president, First Lady Michelle Obama’s “2014 trip to China cost more than $360,000 in air transportation costs. Judicial Watch uncovered an expensive combination of trips by the Obamas to Africa and Honolulu, which cost taxpayers $15,885,585.30 in flight expenses. The single largest prior known expense for accommodations was for Michelle Obama’s side-trip to Dublin, Ireland, during the 2013 G-8 conference in Belfast, when she and her entourage booked 30 rooms at the five-star Shelbourne Hotel, with the first lady staying in the 1500 square-foot Princess Grace suite at a cost of $3,500 a night. The total cost to taxpayers for the Obamas’ Ireland trip was $7,921,638.66. To date, the known travel expenses of the Obamas and Vice President Joe Biden exceed $61 million.”
Do you think the president, his wife and the Bidens are riding on a $60 million gravy train?