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Americans For Prosperity-New Hampshire: Where Is The Budget Line-Item To Cover Political Visits?

August 16, 2012

WINDHAM – Americans for Prosperity-New Hampshire is asking today for leaders in the town of Windham to release specific details regarding where taxpayer funds will come from to cover the costs associated with the upcoming political visit by President Obama’s campaign to the town on Saturday.

“In accordance with state law, the town budget must be approved by the town voters at the March town meeting,” said Corey R. Lewandowski, State Director of Americans for Prosperity-New Hampshire. “The voters of Windham have a right to know where these estimated funds will be drawn from.  Does the town have $7,000 to $10,000 extra dollars lying around or will another line-item that was approved by the Windham voters be cut to cover the fees for the President’s political stop?”

Americans for Prosperity-New Hampshire sent a letter today to the Chairman of the Board of Selectmen, Bruce Breton, as well as Town Manager David Sullivan and Chief of Police Gerald Lewis and Chief of the Fire Department Tom McPherson requesting a written response detailing which specific line-item in the Windham budget approved at the town meeting in March 2012 will be used to cover the costs.  According to statements by Town Manager, David Sullivan, costs are estimated to be between $7,000 – $10,000 for the campaign visit.  Further, AFP-NH is inquiring as to which line item(s) in the same town budget will be reduced to cover these seemingly unexpected and unanticipated costs.

“I look forward to receiving a written response to this latest request and continue to implore the leaders of Windham not to utilize taxpayer resources for any political visit,” continued Lewandowski.

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