Chicago has yet to recoup the $1.74 million cost of President Obama’s victory celebration in Grant Park — despite a burgeoning $50.5 million budget shortfall that threatens more layoffs and union concessions.
“The Democratic National Committee has not yet paid us,” Peter Scales, a spokesman for the city’s Office of Budget and Management, said Thursday after questions from the Chicago Sun-Times. “We’re reaching out to them this week.”
The Obama campaign raised $104 million in the five weeks leading up to and just after Election Day. And as of November 24, the last day included in this report, the Obama campaign had nearly $30 million left in the bank.
Why are they being so cheap…?
Stacie Paxton, a spokeswoman for the Obama-controlled DNC, explained the reimbursement delay by saying, “We are still looking at various costs and bills.” She would not say whether parts of the bill are disputed.
Geez…it’s not like there were any Roman columns or anything.Where did all the money go?
The city spent $1 million on police protection for the rally. The Office of Emergency Management and Communications racked up more than $120,000 in expenses, including $19,500 paid to police official Neil Sullivan to quarterback election night logistics.
In late October, Mayor Daley assured that the cash-flush Obama campaign would reimburse the city for every penny spent on the rally. “We have a financial crisis,” he said at the time. “The City of Chicago could not afford $2 million on this because we’re gonna be laying off people, cutting back. That [cost] would really be unfortunate. . . . It’s a huge cost to the City of Chicago.
Is Daley saying that the Obama campaign has broken a promise?
Gee….that doesn’t seem like the Barack Obama that I knew.
This debt is now months old.It’s the city of Chicago for pete sakes.Obama’s home turf.The Obama team was made aware of this in December and what was their response…?
On Dec. 9, the day the Sun-Times disclosed the $1.74 million tab, Obama spokesman Ben LaBolt referred questions to the DNC.
Paxton confirmed then that the rally was a “DNC-sponsored event” and that the party was discussing the itemized bill with the city.
They passed it off to the DNC.Not their debt I guess.Besides…they can’t be bothered with those puny little millions.Obama only deals in trillions now.
Don’t nickle and dime the man.