4/26/2012

Obama Says Trips To Battleground States Not 'Campaign Stops", Charges Taxpayers

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Obama Giving Speech To Univ. Of Iowa students. Does this look like "official business" or a campaign speech?

RNC chief accuses Obama of campaigning on taxpayer's dime 

By Amie Parnes - 04/25/12 05:35 PM ET

The Republican National Committee is asking the Government Accountability Office to examine President Obama's "misuse" of government funds to benefit his reelection campaign.  

In an official complaint filed with the GAO, a watchdog agency, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus accuses Obama of "passing off campaign travel as official events," using taxpayer money to fund his reelection efforts.

"Given the recent excesses, waste and abuse uncovered in the General Services Administration, the GAO should be particularly sensitive to misuse of taxpayer dollars," Preibus wrote in a letter to Comptroller General Gene L. Dodaro.  

Priebus said "the most recent example" of abuse took place this week as Obama traveled to North Carolina, Colorado and Iowa, three battleground states to promote student loan legislation. The RNC chairman points out that Obama delivered speeches to "cheering crowds of college students" which resembled campaign events.
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