Your Tab Comes to $35,043, Mr. President

The city of Newport Beach wants its payback from the Obama campaign.

Newport Beach recently sent the Obama campaign a $35,043 invoice to recoup the police department’s costs for the President’s February e.

As reported in The Orange County Register, the invoice was the brainchild of City Manager David Kiff.

"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 told the Register in an email. "If the president was here on presidential business, we likely would not have billed for that."

The exclusive event was held at the home of Jeff and Nancy Stack. Tickets started at $2,500 and ranged from a $10,000-per-person photo reception to a $35,800-per-person breakfast. Wylie Aitken, an attorney and event co-host, said the event raised $1.4 million for Obama's campaign.

For the full Orange County Register story, click here.

Kristine Adams May 27, 2012 at 02:37 PM
What pettiness. Did you give notice in advance to the President that you would be charging him for his visit? If not, then it is completely inappropriate to send a bill and expect to get paid.
Kristine Adams May 27, 2012 at 02:41 PM
And further, the pictures that have been posted with the articles indicate it was a very "public" event, with people out on the streets for the purpose of communicating their thoughts about the President, favorable or unfavorable.
James Kingsley May 27, 2012 at 03:53 PM
The city is treating everyone equally if they billed Gingrinch & Romney when they visited the area earlier this year. If not, then city officials are simply playing politics. Finally, if the city truly wanted to recoup the funds it should send the invoice to the local sponsors of the event and not to one of its guests.
Lynn Swain May 27, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Equality...like Mr. Kiff said, "If another private event that large and which required that much police presence occurred, we would bill the event sponsor." So either the Stacks or the Obama campaign should reimburse the City of Newport Beach...the taxpayers certainly shouldn't have to pay for Obama's re-election campaign. BRAVO to David Kiff for speaking up!
Carlene Parrish May 28, 2012 at 03:58 PM
This needs to be a consistent practice. Our local government must be certain that all events - not just Democratic fundraising events - are billed when additional city costs are incurred.
Publius Anon May 29, 2012 at 12:21 AM
The Newport Beach Police Department was not directly involved in providing any sort of security, motorcade escort, or even street closure during the President's visit. Those services were provided by the Secret Service and the California HIghway Patrol. AFAIK, the Newport Beach PD was only directly involved in crowd control and traffic control caused by the large gathering of protesters that were way outside of the neighborhood closed down by the Secret Service. The majority of those street protesters were alerted to the event and invited to the gathering by members the Orange County Tea Party via various web sites and mailing lists. Kiff should've sent the bill to the Tea Party groups that organzied the anti-obama protest. If the PD knew the had to be present to prevent the anti-obama protest from getting out of hand, then why didn't the PD require an special event or parade permit from the Tea Party groups that organzied the protest? And if they anti-Obama protest was staged without prior city approval then why didn't the PD issue loitering tickets and tell all of them to go home.
Kelly Sawyer "Animal Defender" May 29, 2012 at 05:19 AM
Wow.... I knew Newport likes to make money off Federal Puppy Mill Cruelty to reap s Russo's torture tax, but asking to be paid to do their job while citizens actively express first amendment rights given by our country really doesn't fall into the condoning excuse of "business at all costs"....don't we already pay the police in our city....they have been known to have so much time on their hands their harass their own citizens ....I guess the only priority of our city is keeping the city revenues fat to pay for social events while this city itself goes morally bankrupt....Stop selling Puppy Mill Puppies Newport Beach!-- Russo's store violates State law while you are subjecting our children to a convicted criminal of animal cruelty-- his breeders are Cruel Puppy Mills rampant with violations of the AWA and USDA-- It is time for the city to behave in dignified manner like the citizens that support it.
Mark June 01, 2012 at 03:29 AM
Charge that idiot self gratifying loser disgrace of a so called president for every man hour worked.
Paul Stump July 31, 2012 at 04:29 AM
Mr. Kiff, You are not fooling anyone. It is obvious that this is politically motivated
Paul Stump July 31, 2012 at 04:32 AM
Mark, Would you feel the same for any and all other presidential campaigns in the past and from now on?
Paul Stump July 31, 2012 at 04:35 AM
Yes, but Gingrinch and Romney are not our President. Big difference
Paul Stump July 31, 2012 at 04:36 AM
Please tell us any other presidetial campaign that has been sent a bill for the same reason?


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