Obama paid $700,000 for staging, sound, and lights for Germany speech

posted at 5:25 pm on October 31, 2008 by Allahpundit

The perfect companion piece to the study released yesterday confirming what Palin’s argued all along: That there is, in fact, a double standard for women candidates by which votes depend partly on their attractiveness. Whether $150,000 in clothes that’ll ultimately be given to charity is a better value under those circumstances than almost three-quarters of a million dollars to feed The One’s ego by staging a speech in front of a foreign audience that did jack for him at home, I leave to you to judge. (Hint: Yes.)

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama paid a German company nearly $700,000 for staging, sound and lighting services at a time he delivered a speech this summer in which he declared himself a “citizen” of both the U.S. and the world…

The German company, whose Web page says it specializes in theater and event management and advertises the Obama speech with numerous pictures on its marketing pages, is listed as a disbursement recipient on Mr. Obama’s most recent campaign expenditures report, filed Thursday with the Federal Election Commission.

The company was paid $667,082 by the Obama campaign in three separate disbursements in July and August, according to the FEC records. The campaign also spent another $9,018 to Bero Berlin – Eurolimousine, the records show…

For hours before Mr. Obama arrived, attendees listened to live reggae, drank beer and munched on bratwurst and steak sandwiches. Many in the crowd sported black and white Obama T-shirts with the slogan, “I want you to stop climate change.”

The bad news? Obama donors had their hard-earned money diverted to pay for German Woodstock. The good news? Given the near-total lack of credit-card verification measures on the campaign’s website, the Germans themselves likely helped offset the cost. Exit question: How many domestic news outlets willing to look into basic information like this that embarrasses The One are we left with now? Fox News, the Wash Times, the Journal… Did I leave anyone out?

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