Mitt Romney Billed $10,000 By Newport Beach, Calif. To Cover Cost Of Officer Overtime, A Southern California surf town made political waves last May when city officials slapped the Obama re-election campaign with a $35,000 bill for security services rendered while the president was in town.
Now Newport Beach, Calif., known for its conservative politics and affluent community, is proving that the pendulum swings both ways when it comes to the cost of hosting high-end political fundraisers.
City Manager Dave Kiff confirmed to the Los Angeles Times Monday that he billed Romney Victory Inc. $10,000 on June 21 to cover the police department's costs for closing down streets and keeping the peace when demonstrators protested former Gov. Mitt Romney's fundraiser earlier that month.
Read the Times to see why Romney's bill is smaller than Obama's bill.
Newport Beach's decision to bill a visiting president (and potential future president) is unusual, but Romney's campaign can't say that the invoice was a surprise. Before his June 1 visit was over, the city had already publicly promised to tally up the total cost of officer overtime, just as they had done when Obama visited.
At the time, Kiff explained to NBC LA, "No matter what political persuasion, if you’re coming here to raise money, it should not be a taxpayer expense."