s skippy the bush kangaroo: romney - price gouger in chief

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Saturday, December 22, 2012

romney - price gouger in chief

just think of what his presidency would have cost the country. terrifying to think.
it is standard procedure for presidential campaigns to arrange and prepay for meals, bus travel, and charter flights, then bill the news outlets afterward for their share of the cost. in order to travel with the candidate, reporters and their editors must agree upfront to pay for the cost of the trips, as determined by the campaign. but many of the bills from the romney campaign — which have continued to trickle in since election day — are much higher than during other campaigns.

for example, on oct. 11, each reporter was charged $812 for a meal and a rented "holding" space, where the press waited before moving to the next event. on oct. 18, the bill for a similar set of expenses was $461. and on the night of the vice presidential debate, the campaign planned a "viewing party" for the reporters with romney, complete with a large rented room with a patio, massage tables, fresh cut flowers, and lots of food and booze. one campaign aide told buzzfeed that campaign officials' orders were to "go big" — a nice gesture, perhaps, but one that wasn't discussed with every media outlet.

the tab for the party: $745 per reporter. - buzzfeed

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