Priebus: We may escalate complaint against Obama to FEC

posted at 12:01 pm on April 26, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

A few minutes ago, I interviewed RNC chair Reince Priebus to discuss a range of topics, including a new Facebook application that will provide grassroots activists with an unprecedented level of power to organize and campaign for offices up and down the ticket.  We discussed the nomination process and its success, their upcoming partnership with the Romney campaign, and the need to start fundraising immediately.  In one exclusive, Priebus told me that their complaint against Barack Obama at the GAO for campaigning on taxpayer dollars may get escalated to the FEC:


Interview with Reince Priebus by cptned

EM: Yesterday, the RNC filed a formal complaint reporting “misuse of taxpayer dollars by Obama for America.” Tell us a little more about that, and where this is going.

RP: Yeah, I mean — I think this is a pretty serious issue.  It’s not a political stunt, because obviously if it was, we would have just done it a long time ago.  This was something that over time — I think this President has crossed the line in using taxpayer money to campaign.  And I get it.  I know other Presidents have done similar things.  The difference is, though, this President has completely saturated the marketplace with campaigning on taxpayer money.    I think he’s crossed the line, and I think that in law, as a lawyer myself, every — the definition of what’s reasonable under the circumstances changes with whatever the facts are.

So, it’s not good enough to just say, “You know, George Bush campaigned.”  That’s true.  But what’s reasonable and what’s not changes, and what this President has done has crossed the line as to what’s reasonable.  Putting together three events in Florida, for example, fundraising events, for weeks and weeks on the calendar — I mean, people don’t just throw fundraisers together for the President of the United States with two day’s notice.

EM: Right.

RP: They’re preparing these fundraisers for a month at least.  They’ve got caterers, they’ve got to bring drinks in, they’ve got people to invite, they have money to raise.  And then two days ahead of time, the President says, “You know what? I’m going to give a speech at the University of Miami,” and then suddenly I’m on Air Force One, I’ve got all the detail going, I’ve got it all paid for by the taxpayers, a nominal amount of money is paid out of the campaign account.  This is just total misuse. And if it was once or twice, you know what, okay.  But this is constantly, all day long, every day, and you know what?  When’s the last time you saw the President giving a speech at the University of Oklahoma?  Or the University of Alabama?  Or Tennessee, or North Dakota?  It just so happens that these emergency speeches seem to show up in Florida, Ohio, North Carolina.  I mean, how dumb are we?

And we just reached the point here where we said, you know what, we’re going to file a complaint.  And you know, depending on where this goes, maybe we’re going to put some real legal horsepower behind it, and I’m – we’re waiting to see what’s going to happen.  We’re going to give it a few days and see what happens, but I think that this is something that the American people will need to engage in.  I think for the most part we just have to say, “Enough is enough with this campaigning on taxpayer money.”

EM: You’ve filed this with the GAO.  Are you planning on filing any actions at the FEC?

RP: We’re looking at that as well, I’ll tell you that.  This is just the beginning, it’s not the end.  This is just the first step forward in this effort.

Be sure to watch the whole video, and keep an eye out for the Facebook application next week.  CNN covered the application earlier this week:

The party organization, which has the mammoth task of turning out Republican voters in every battleground state this November, is preparing to launch a new Facebook tool that lets users share news, talking points and the latest updates about the presidential campaign with their friends.

But the “GOP Social Victory Center,” which has been in development for almost a year and will be released next week, lets Republicans go far beyond just clicking “like” on a story about Joe Biden’s most recent gaffe or the latest veepstakes chatter.

Republicans using the application will be able do the work usually reserved for campaign offices simply by logging into Facebook from their personal computers, party officials told CNN in a briefing about the new technology at this week’s RNC meeting in Arizona. …

People who sign up for the application will be able to share news pumped directly into their profiles from the RNC’s communications office in Washington.

They can fill out and submit absentee ballot applications, see early voting deadlines, donate to the party or inform their friends about upcoming campaign events using Eventbrite – all while never leaving Facebook.

And simply by clicking a button, a user’s phone will ring and automatically re-connect them, via RNC headquarters, to targeted voters in key states.

Priebus said that selected people who have previewed this application say that no one else has anything like it.

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I’d rather see the lack of credit card verification issue on Obama’s site be investigated.

tdpwells on April 26, 2012 at 12:04 PM

He really needs to change his name to something that doesn’t sound like an STD.

CorporatePiggy on April 26, 2012 at 12:05 PM

You think the liar in chief is scared of you, the rnc, the gao or the fec? He’s the Won, remember.

Kissmygrits on April 26, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Go after them, but don’t be bashful when a republican does the same thing because zerobama set the ‘precedent’.

Wolfmoon on April 26, 2012 at 12:06 PM

He really needs to change his name to something that doesn’t sound like an STD.

CorporatePiggy on April 26, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Reince Priebus was born for the job. Take the vowels outta his name and you’ll get the job description – RNC PR BS.

Archivarix on April 26, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Good.

For too long, the GOP just sat back and took the blaring illegality of the democrat party fleecing the taxpayers.

It’s way past time their feet got held to the fire.

Rebar on April 26, 2012 at 12:09 PM

He really needs to change his name to something that doesn’t sound like an STD.

CorporatePiggy on April 26, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Reince Priebus was born for the job. Take the vowels outta his name and you’ll get the job description – RNC PR BS.

Archivarix on April 26, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Cool

Bitter Clinger on April 26, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Crucify the Obama campaign. It is absurd to be able to organize fundraisers and then put together a last minute official reason for going to some swing state.

Happy Nomad on April 26, 2012 at 12:10 PM

No one has the guts to crack down on any of the illegal things Obama does.

wildcat72 on April 26, 2012 at 12:11 PM

tdpwells on April 26, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Ditto.

It smells of criminal intent, given that it’s an obvious gateway to foreign donations… which expressly forbidden by law.

CPT. Charles on April 26, 2012 at 12:11 PM

When’s Fast & Furious get escalated to a grand jury?

Akzed on April 26, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Put Obama and the democrats on the defensive. They won’t have time to think up stupid sh*t like dogs on the roof of the car.

Mallard T. Drake on April 26, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Wonder how long till FaceBook shuts them down like Twitter has been doing to conservative groups?

Ogabe on April 26, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Truly this complaint about the President of te United States visiting several of the states will be the scandal that brings down this whole administration.

Everyone knows the president cannot visit Ohio and Florida in an election year, that’s strictly forbidden.

Bush spent all of 2004 in south Carolina only, as I recall

Checkmate, liebruls

e-pirate on April 26, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Get to it….NOW!!!!!

Winebabe on April 26, 2012 at 12:17 PM

May?

SouthernGent on April 26, 2012 at 12:18 PM

But the “GOP Social Victory Center,” which has been in development for almost a year and will be released next week…

The “GOP Social Victory Center”? Onward! To social victory!

de rigueur on April 26, 2012 at 12:18 PM

You think the liar in chief is scared of you, the rnc, the gao or the fec? He’s the Won, remember.

Kissmygrits on April 26, 2012 at 12:06 PM

No one has the guts to crack down on any of the illegal things Obama does.

wildcat72 on April 26, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Hey!!!!…We can count on the DOJ!!!…Right?
Riiiiiiiiiiiiight !!!!!

KOOLAID2 on April 26, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Posturing

Dante on April 26, 2012 at 12:20 PM

I’d rather see the lack of credit card verification issue on Obama’s site be investigated.

tdpwells on April 26, 2012 at 12:04 PM

I think this is part of what transpired (correct me if I am wrong):

The democraptic party as a “merchant” accepted campaign contributions online from donors using credit, debit or gift cards.
They did not turn on the address verification system, commonly known as AVS. This is not against Visa/MC regulations. Because the cardholder’s address was not verified, there is
no way to know if the contributions were coming from outside the US. However, once the conversion is made the contributions would be in odd amounts, not even dollar amounts.

It may not even be illegal by campaign finance laws. The fact
that this hasn’t been addressed by congress, McCain, Feingold,
whomever is very curious.

Amjean on April 26, 2012 at 12:20 PM

e-pirate on April 26, 2012 at 12:16 PM

You were a lot funnier before your operation.

Bishop on April 26, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Eh. This is important, but it won’t go anywhere. The average voter won’t care, and the FEC isn’t going to enforce any penalty against Obama. It’s just going to end up wasting the RNC’s time and money.

Shump on April 26, 2012 at 12:25 PM

There’s nary a day goes by that I’m not thankful that we dumped Steele for this guy.

KingGold on April 26, 2012 at 12:26 PM

“What, a bunch of lazy stay at home lazy moms are going to work with the GOP through facebook even though they’re lazy???

LOl…LOOOLLLL….ROFLLLLL…HAHAHAHAHA!!!! BWWAAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA!!! RACIST LOSERS!!!! GRROUTUOURENRNDLKHJVOIUWEOINVCNMOWEJRJFLFLLLLLL!!!!”

-angryed

Bishop on April 26, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Nothing to see here …

George Bush campaigned on tax payer dollars and so did his Dad – I was attached to the White House during the failed HW Bush campaign in ’92.

Now – has Obama GONE CRAZY with it? Hell yeah …

But it should never happen PERIOD.

Another case where the GOP won’t be able to effectively point a finger because they’ve engaged in the offending conduct themselves. This is wrought GOP “establishment” for ya – can’t skewer the Democrats because … “ooops” looks like WE did it too!

And it happens EVERY TIME.

LOL

HondaV65 on April 26, 2012 at 12:27 PM

He really needs to change his name to something that doesn’t sound like an STD.

CorporatePiggy on April 26, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Reince Priebus was born for the job. Take the vowels outta his name and you’ll get the job description – RNC PR BS.

His full name: Reinhold Reince Priebus

I’m not sure I’d use Reinhold, myself, either. Anyway, not much he can do about his surname. And he appears to be doing a much better job than his predecessor.

hawkeye54 on April 26, 2012 at 12:27 PM

It may not even be illegal by campaign finance laws. The fact
that this hasn’t been addressed by congress, McCain, Feingold,
whomever is very curious.

Amjean on April 26, 2012 at 12:20 PM

McCain-Feingold would have been more accurately named the “Unconstitutional Incumbency Protection Act of 2002″.

wildcat72 on April 26, 2012 at 12:28 PM

Tingles and dws to go ballistic in 5…4…3

cmsinaz on April 26, 2012 at 12:29 PM

All well and good to finally stand up to the thug in chief but really, this will be more of the “white house has complete an investigation of the white house and cleared the white house of any wrongdoing.”
If the FEC or GAO actually show some backbone, perhaps not all is lost.

smfic on April 26, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Posturing

Dante on April 26, 2012 at 12:20 PM

No, A President interjecting himself in the middle of a racially charged incident in Florida is posturing. A President calling up a slut to see how she is doing after she was excoriated in the media for being a slut is posturing.

The RNC is simply calling out an unethical use of taxpayer dollars.

Happy Nomad on April 26, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Yeah. Obama’s going to keep crossing lines until someone stands up to him. He’s taking advantage of the Repubs. obsession with being reasonable and moderate.

yhxqqsn on April 26, 2012 at 12:32 PM

What Obama ate as a 10 year old and make believe FEC violations that every politician can be accused of.

Just want the typical undecided voter cares about.

And you wonder why Romney is down in every poll**

** Reputable poll that isn’t conducted by Rasmussen or Fox News

angryed on April 26, 2012 at 12:32 PM

The complaint filed with the FEC is very interesting news and if they are able to demonstrate that he is on the road campaigning all the time it could really turn off some of his support.

lexhamfox on April 26, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Priebus: We may escalate complaint against Obama to FEC

And of course the FEC will escalate its duty to ignore the complaint, as any federal agency would any formal complaint against the Lightworker. At least the complaint would be on record, for later reference, come Obama’s re-election, and used at Priebus’ show trial.

hawkeye54 on April 26, 2012 at 12:33 PM

Where on earth have these balls come from? I never expected Romney to come out swinging, and now this?!

Praise the Lord and pass the metaphorical ammunition.

Washington Nearsider on April 26, 2012 at 12:33 PM

When’s the last time you saw the President giving a speech at the University of Oklahoma? Or the University of Alabama? Or Tennessee, or North Dakota? It just so happens that these emergency speeches seem to show up in Florida, Ohio, North Carolina. I mean, how dumb are we?

Or University of North Idaho!! How dare he not give a speech to that beacon of education where St. Sarah graduated from (in only 7 years)?

angryed on April 26, 2012 at 12:34 PM

HondaV65 on April 26, 2012 at 12:27 PM

From my understanding, the fundraisers were arranged but only after the official trip was set. I would seem to be something entirely different if jug-ears’ people plan a fundraiser for a couple months and then gin up a last minute reason to “coincidently” be in that particular city on the exact date of the fundraiser.

In other words, I’m not convinced the “everybody did it” defense is relevant.

Happy Nomad on April 26, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Reince Priebus was born for the job. Take the vowels outta his name and you’ll get the job description – RNC PR BS.

Archivarix on April 26, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Do you miss Steele?

katy the mean old lady on April 26, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Waa waa waa.
Just add this to the long list of things Obama is better at than Bush.

verbaluce on April 26, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Lsm already talking about this

Go reince

Gotta fight fire with fire with these folks

Game on

cmsinaz on April 26, 2012 at 12:38 PM

Has anyone ever noticed that by rearranging the letters

A-N-G-R-Y-E-D

it is possible to arrive at

D-E-R-A-N-G-Y

?

steebo77 on April 26, 2012 at 12:38 PM

Waa waa waa.
Just add this to the long list of things Obama is better at than Bush.

verbaluce on April 26, 2012 at 12:37 PM

So Obama is better at trashing the country. Glad to see you admit it.

Bitter Clinger on April 26, 2012 at 12:40 PM

e-pirate on April 26, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Bammy can go campaign in Florida, or Ohio or Pennsylvania or Virginia or any of the other states he’s in danger of losing, as much as he wants. But he needs to use his own damn money to pay for these trips, not the taxpayers’.

We’ve been abused long enough by this chump.

As for your “Bush did it too” rationalization, Barry/Baraka (and his cult followers) told us we should vote for him because he was better than the evil Bush, and he was going to change the crooked way things were done in D.C.

How’s that been working out for you so far, liberal suckers?

AZCoyote on April 26, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Yeah. Obama’s going to keep crossing lines until someone stands up to him. He’s taking advantage of the Repubs. obsession with being reasonable and moderate.

yhxqqsn on April 26, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Obama is a spoiled brat and a bully. Anyone who has ever dealt with either type of person knows that unless you stand up to them and say, “No more, cross this line and we cross your eyes!” they will keep going, keep pushing.

No one has ever stood up to Obama in his whole life.

wildcat72 on April 26, 2012 at 12:40 PM

angryed on April 26, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Wow, you’re desperate.

22044 on April 26, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Has anyone ever noticed that by rearranging the letters

A-N-G-R-Y-E-D

it is possible to arrive at

D-E-R-A-N-G-Y

?

steebo77 on April 26, 2012 at 12:38 PM

I also think he’s “angry” because “ed” isn’t his name…. it’s the condition he suffers from: ED

Bitter Clinger on April 26, 2012 at 12:42 PM

And he appears to be doing a much better job than his predecessor.

hawkeye54 on April 26, 2012 at 12:27 PM

On that, I’ll have no argument. After the unmitigated disaster that was Michael Steele, Mr. Priebus is a blessing. In fact, he is the only reason I quietly recycle RNC donation envelopes instead of sending them back filled to the brim with obscenities.

Archivarix on April 26, 2012 at 12:43 PM

angryed on April 26, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Dude, the hives you’re breaking out in must be HUGE! Obiewanbedopey is going to lose in the largest landslide since Reagan ’84. Keep scraaaatchin’

HomeoftheBrave on April 26, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Shari’ah Spring Rocks! /s

Egypt plans ‘farewell intercourse law’ so husbands can have sex with DEAD wives up to six hours after their death

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2135434/Outrage-Egypt-plans-farewell-intercourse-law-husbands-sex-dead-wives-hours-AFTER-death.html

Resist We Much on April 26, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Bitter Clinger on April 26, 2012 at 12:40 PM

There you go blaming Bush again…BDS.

verbaluce on April 26, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Reince Priebus was born for the job. Take the vowels outta his name and you’ll get the job description – RNC PR BS.

Archivarix on April 26, 2012 at 12:08 PM

yep, he’s done a stellar job, awfully pragmatic (and I like that, for a change) and non-nonsense kind of person….plus no pretenses, like most in politics are plagued by….

jimver on April 26, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Yeah, good luck with that…

I would love to to be proven wrong tho.

lucyvanpelt on April 26, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Should’ve been done long ago. Weak people tend to see silence as approval.

Christien on April 26, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Shari’ah Spring Rocks! /s

Egypt plans ‘farewell intercourse law’ so husbands can have sex with DEAD wives up to six hours after their death

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2135434/Outrage-Egypt-plans-farewell-intercourse-law-husbands-sex-dead-wives-hours-AFTER-death.html

Resist We Much on April 26, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Sometimes it’s just not worth saying anything.

Jabberwock on April 26, 2012 at 12:56 PM

When’s the last time you saw the President giving a speech at the University of Oklahoma? Or the University of Alabama? Or Tennessee, or North Dakota?

Everyone knows that there are no ‘students’ in those states. Just ask Barry.

GarandFan on April 26, 2012 at 12:56 PM

There you go blaming Bush again…BDS.

verbaluce on April 26, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Complete non-sequitur.

But then I doubt you know what that means.

Bitter Clinger on April 26, 2012 at 12:59 PM

If President Romney declares a moratorium on prosecution of criminal acts by the previous administration, I think my head is going to explode.

Criminal acts need to be prosecuted. Criminal acts by DEMOCRATS need to be prosecuted.

Congress spent the entire year of 2006 looking for criminal acts by the Bush administration, expecting to find rampant criminal activity. They launched 300 separate investigations, and subpoenaed over 1 million documents. They absolutely would have prosecuted the slightest wrongdoing if they had found any. They didn’t find any.

A Republican Congress would not have to launch 300 separate hearings or subpoena a million documents to find criminal activity in the Obama administration. It’s right up there on the surface. We call can see it.

If they don’t prosecute the criminal, we need to instigate significant civil disobedience and disruption until they do. Criminal acts need to be prosecuted.

philwynk on April 26, 2012 at 1:02 PM

It will end up just like all the other complaints.
Just like the pop song by Shaggy…. It wasn’t me.

bsinc1962 on April 26, 2012 at 1:02 PM

We ALL can see it. Typo. Bleah.

philwynk on April 26, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Sometimes it’s just not worth saying anything.

Jabberwock on April 26, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Just remember, the Obama Administration hailed the Egyptian Arab Spring as the coming of an enlightened Middle East. LOL!

Resist We Much on April 26, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Who rang the troll gong and brought the tard into the thread???

search4truth on April 26, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Just remember, the Obama Administration hailed the Egyptian Arab Spring as the coming of an enlightened Middle East. LOL!

Resist We Much on April 26, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Ah Hah !! So that’s what they are fighting about in Syria. I was confused for a bit.

Jabberwock on April 26, 2012 at 1:16 PM

But this Reince guy, he doesn’t stutter or say I,I,I, so he can’t be very smart./

askwhatif on April 26, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Ah Hah !! So that’s what they are fighting about in Syria. I was confused for a bit.

Jabberwock on April 26, 2012 at 1:16 PM

From Syria:

Picture of the Day: Obama, The Weak Ass

Resist We Much on April 26, 2012 at 1:18 PM

His full name: Reinhold Reince Priebus

Rein Rein Priebus.
Has a nice ring to it.

askwhatif on April 26, 2012 at 1:24 PM

What Obama ate as a 10 year old and make believe FEC violations that every politician can be accused of.

Just want the typical undecided voter cares about.

And you wonder why Romney is down in every poll**

** Reputable poll that isn’t conducted by Rasmussen or Fox News

angryed on April 26, 2012 at 12:32 PM

…same comment you made yesterday…someone else must be eating dog…it seems to effect the memory.

KOOLAID2 on April 26, 2012 at 1:24 PM

…same comment you made yesterday…someone else must be eating dog…it seems to effect the memory.

KOOLAID2 on April 26, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Mad-Dog Disease?

Resist We Much on April 26, 2012 at 1:28 PM

‘Tough’ GOP stances tend to disappear in a lot of mumbling and delay. At some point, the RNC will realise that ‘real ladies don’t do this!’ and drop the whole thing.

PersonFromPorlock on April 26, 2012 at 1:43 PM

This is a no-win issue. The Repubs will look like bitter whiners. All administrations of both parties campaign on the taxpayer’s dime to some extent.

Better to stick to Obama’s record and keep the focus on that.

halfastro on April 26, 2012 at 1:49 PM

Most transparent Admin Evah!

KMC1 on April 26, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Another case where the GOP won’t be able to effectively point a finger because they’ve engaged in the offending conduct themselves. This is wrought GOP “establishment” for ya – can’t skewer the Democrats because … “ooops” looks like WE did it too!

And it happens EVERY TIME.

LOL

HondaV65 on April 26, 2012 at 12:27 PM

I didn’t check all the replies that you must of got with this post HondaV, but I would submit that “these are much different times” when it comes to our politicians, (including our President) spending taxpayer money on their campaigns. Because there are so many middle class and lower income folks out there who are struggling daily just to make ends meet—AND DO PAY TAXES—my guess is that the “we will tolerate this waste of OUR MONEY” is wearing thin. The American worker is getting sick of the meme “but, both sides have done this, so it’s o.k.” bull crap. And you can bet your last dollar that the TEA PARTY will be sure to let their voting constituents, (including independent voters), know that there’s a line crossed, and ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. It is my opinion that the GOP establishment is in for a huge shock, because NO ONE is accepting this “status quo” of “but this is how it’s been done for years”. Poll the House Republicans that were swept into power in 2010 and ask them if they are operating under this status quo??? Hint: They know full well that their service will be short-lived unless they remain committed to their pledges.

“And it happens EVERY TIME.”

Not this time HondaV……not this time.

Rovin on April 26, 2012 at 2:03 PM

How much energy will the slimestreamers expend in ignoring this story? On the other side, can Brett Baier question Washermouth Putz about this?

stukinIL4now on April 26, 2012 at 2:14 PM

Doesn’t the Clooney raffle also violate state laws because there is a requirement to donate in order to enter?

Strike Twice on April 26, 2012 at 3:07 PM

Where is crr6 to tell us this is totally fine because of the Commerce clause??

ladyingray on April 26, 2012 at 3:33 PM

When President George W. Bush was running for re-election in 2004, his campaign and the Republican Party reimbursed the White House more than $1.3 million for “airlift operations,” an Associated Press review of federal data shows. Those include itemized expenses for “in-flight services,” like food and catering, and the president’s helicopter, Marine One.

With the 2012 general election more than six months away, Obama already has exceeded that amount. Since late 2010, a separate Democratic Party “travel offset” account has paid roughly

$1.5 million

for similar expenses, according to FEC reports. And there can be considerable lag time between when political travel occurs and when reimbursements show up in campaign filings, so more payments are sure to be in the pipeline.

So here again, the Republicans are complaining about something that they did, and Obama is paying MORE than they did, and they still make a big deal out of it, because they are not in power.

HYPOCRITES

damian1967 on April 26, 2012 at 8:38 PM

philwynk on April 26, 2012 at 1:02 PM

There will not be a “President Romney”

And Obama said that he would not prosecute Bush, not the Democrats. Obama gave him a free pass which he should not of.

Obama has done NOTHING illegal, maybe questionable, but not illegal.

damian1967 on April 26, 2012 at 8:40 PM

AZCoyote on April 26, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Obama is paying more than Bush did of his share, Bush did far more political trips and WE paid for it.

But that was ok I guess, because it was a Republican. How soon you all forget.

While it is not possible to know for sure, the Democratic Party is probably paying more than other presidents have for Air Force One because of a regulatory change in 2010. Instead of repaying the government based on the cost of first-class commercial airfare, as presidents had since Jimmy Carter defeated Gerald R. Ford, reimbursements must now reflect the cost of chartering a 737 aircraft. (Air Force One, the name for whichever plane in the fleet carries the president, is usually a 747.)

George W. Bush was “using Air Force One for re-election travel more heavily than any predecessor, wringing maximum political mileage from a perk of office paid for by taxpayers,” The Associated Press wrote in 2004.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/22/us/politics/presidential-vs-political-trips-a-blurry-line-for-obama.html?pagewanted=all

http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1129&dat=20040531&id=zYVIAAAAIBAJ&sjid=uHADAAAAIBAJ&pg=4862,7673844

But dont let the facts hit any of you in the ass, when Republicans did it, it was completely OK I guess.

damian1967 on April 26, 2012 at 8:48 PM