Windham Patch: AFP Calls Out $13K Obama Visit Cost for 5 Towns
By Michael Ryan
Americans for Prosperity – New Hampshire is calling on Windham taxpayers to contact Selectmen in advance of the Aug. 27 vote on whether the town should bill President Barack Obama’s campaign for last week’s visit.
According to numbers released by Windham Selectmen Chair Bruce Breton and AFP-NH, four other towns will also incur public safety costs stemming from the visit as of now.
Pending the board vote, Windham will be saddled with a $5,409.58 bill.
The other town numbers are listed below, each indicating the cost for additional security that was needed for the campaign event:
Derry – $2,233.21
Hudson – $397.02
Pelham – $794.03
Salem – $1,588.06
AFP-NH Director Corey Lewandowski, a Windham resident, issued a statement regarding the public safety costs:
Now the Board of Selectmen in these towns must find ways to funnel your hard-earned taxpayer money around in the budget to pay for this purely political visit! Think of how much you pay annually in property taxes and then contact your selectmen to let them know you are not ok with those funds being used for any political stop!
This is an issue that affects taxpayers across NH! Even if you are not a resident of Windham, I encourage you to contact the Board of Selectmen and let them know that you don’t think taxpayer resources should pay for President Obama’s campaign stop!
As you may recall, the town of Durham played host to a similar stop for the President’s re-election campaign in late June and has yet to be reimbursed for the $12,998.28 in expenses they incurred to provide additional security for the visit.
A lot of time remains until the November elections. During that time, there will likely be additional stops by campaigns in the swing state of NH. The next town to be billed by the Obama campaign could be yours! Contact the Windham Board of Selectmen today and put a stop to this!
Statements from Windham Selectmen last week indicated that the decision is still up in the air.