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UPDATE: Pay Up, Mitt! City Wants $10K for Romney's Newport Visit

Meanwhile, a similar invoice sent to the Obama campaign for the president's February visit is past due.

Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney's campaign racked up a $10,000 tab during his June 1 fundraising visit to Newport Beach, city officials said Tuesday.

A bill for $10,441 was sent to Romney last week, seeking reimbursement for the cost of police and security measures during his campaign stop at the Balboa Bay Club and Resort.

The Republican got off easy compared to President Barack Obama, who was charged $35,043 after his breakfast fundraiser at a , officials said.

City Manager Dave Kiff attributed the difference to Obama's higher-profile position.

"The traffic control/intersection staffing [for a president] is much greater than for a person who is just a candidate," Kiff said. "President Obama’s visit involved closures of several miles of Newport Coast Drive and Pacific Coast Highway [because] the U.S. Secret Service requires any president to drive along roads that are free of all traffic."

Romney's invoice gives him until July 21 to pay the city. Kiff said Newport officials expects to see the tab paid on time: "We always expect everyone to pay their bills."

Obama's bill was due June 9 but hasn't been paid, city spokeswoman Tara Finnigan said Thursday.

Charles June 27, 2012 at 03:55 PM
The romney clan has hundreds of millions of dollars! Why in this day and age, would he not have paid that bill! He does not care about anything but his rich friends! He is most of whats wrong with this country! And he wants everyone who is not rich, to need and admire him!
S.A.P. June 27, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Calm down, Charles. Where did it say anywhere that he hadn't paid the bill? If you read the article, it's not even due until July 21st. Funny, I don't see you yelling about whether or not President Obama has paid his bill yet.
Tonto June 27, 2012 at 11:08 PM
http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/06/26/Obama-Raises-3-1-Million-in-Boston-Does-Not-Pay-City-For-Security-Related-Expenses - chicken feed compared to Oblamer
Tonto June 28, 2012 at 02:09 PM
http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2012/06/27/DNC-Moves-Kickoff-Party-After-Town-Spends-Taxpayer-Money-Preparing
KC June 28, 2012 at 10:29 PM
I see this says "update" but I'm not seeing anything new. What was updated?
Nisha Gutierrez-Jaime (Editor) June 29, 2012 at 12:13 AM
@KC - Update is Obama's bill was due on June 9 and has not been paid.

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