POLL: Should Obama for America Pay Westport’s Overtime Fees?

A successful day of fundraising in Westport for President Barack Obama may end up costing the town $15,000.


After President Obama reportedly earned $2 million at a to First Selectman Gordon Joseloff request regarding reimbursement to the town for its overtime costs.

The for reimbursement on Monday.

The Town of  for police and fire services during

Families were turned away from throughout the day as both beaches were closed due to the presidential visit.

President Obama flew in on to and later attended a fundraiser at film producer Harvey Weinstein’s ocean-front mansion, which is adjacent to Burying Hill Beach. Admission was $35,800 a person for the lavish dinner at the 8,900 square-foot Beachside Avenue home.


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Westport police incurred $12,460 in overtime costs for the visit. This does not include overtime costs incurred by departments assisting Westport, which included Wilton, Trumbull, Easton, Monroe, and Fairfield as well as the State Police. Fire Chief Andrew Kingsbury reported $2,352 in overtime costs

Joseloff said he would seek reimbursement from the Obama campaign as well as the Democratic National Committee, which denied his request Monday. He said he would also send a copy of the request to Weinstein.

Joseloff said he has not received a response from Obama for America or Weinstein.

“I didn’t expect that we would get repayment, but it was worthwhile to ask,” he said in a news release Monday.

Westport had made previous attempts to recover similar costs without success when President Clinton visited three times in 1998-99 for fundraising events.

Tom Doyle August 21, 2012 at 10:50 AM
Let's see he comes to Westport to raise money. Sherwood Island is closed, I95 is shut down , Metro North is diverted , Westport spends precious dollars on overtime and they don't want to cover the cost. I guess they just think they are above it all. They also must think Ct is in his camp so who care.
karen August 21, 2012 at 12:43 PM
That's what they get for believing in a liar.
karen August 21, 2012 at 01:26 PM
Check this out and pass it around http://www.theminorityreportblog.com/2012/03/22/check-out-unreelectable-com/
Kathy August 21, 2012 at 04:06 PM
I remember when I had a party I had to hire police to control traffic. Isn't the person who has the party responsible for paying the police anymore?
Kathy Hume August 21, 2012 at 04:18 PM
less campaiging and more actual working...and fundraiser should reimburse town..why should taxpayers have to pay?
Concerned Parent August 21, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Unwilling to pay 15K in overtime...Why don't people ask how much it cost the taxpayers for our President to fly to CT, NY, and other locations across the country for fundraisers. And people cry to campaign reform.
Chris Rueli (Editor) August 21, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Kathy, I agree with you here, but Mr. Weinstein has not responded to First Selectman Gordon Joseloff's request that was sent to the DNC and Obama for America last week. Mr. Weinstein was 'copied' on the request. Do you think Mr. Weinstein should pay the $15,000 in overtime fees?
Chris Rueli (Editor) August 21, 2012 at 05:11 PM
Tom, As I drove around Westport prior to President Obama's arrival and saw how many police officers were present I said to myself, 'Who is going to pay for all this police overtime?' Who do you think should pay? The party host? Should Obama for America cover the bill? After all, they reportedly earned $2 million at Weinstein's house last week.
Chris Rueli (Editor) August 21, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Ed, So do you think Westport should cover the overtime fees? I'm sure you're aware of Westport's $70 million OPEB miscalculation. Don't you think the town needs to spend its money on more pressing town issues? President Obama certainly was not on official presidential business. His campaign took home $2 million last Monday -- should Westport be forced to pay $15,000 because of it?
Concerned Parent August 21, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Chris...I apologize if I was unclear...I take issue with this situation...Westport should be compensated...
Richard Ruggiano August 22, 2012 at 01:14 AM
Obama came to Westport not to see the People of Westport, but to attend his own party in order to raise money for himself. As such, we the People of Westport(who were not invited to the Party), should not have to pay for his expenses. They closed our public parks, used our public resources all for the puposes of attending a fundraiser Party. Net the costs from his proceeds. That is the only fair thing to do. Why should the People of Westport of the State of CT. be out the money?
karen August 22, 2012 at 01:52 AM
You are so right, Kathy. It should be the person having the party who pays. I also want to point out how someone nominated Todd Akin Baffoon of the week, and for what he said, I do agree he is one. But, I also nominate Obama a Baffoon for leaving the Westport taxpayers with that huge bill, and for most of his policies that are just bleeding people dry. People are really hurting, and he doesn't seem concerned about it. He has a different vision for this country than our forefathers did. It ain't what we are used to! Wake up people! We are at war with an unfamiliar entity trying to keep us from the freedoms that we hold so dear. Now is the time to band together and fight for our rights. I am so sick of all this political correctness rhetoric that has unbalanced us all and has shifted us more and more to the left. The media is also in the bag for the left. Action must be taken by simply standing up and so no you can't. "I'm mad as hell and I can't take it any more!"
Eileen August 22, 2012 at 10:29 AM
I agree with all the posters here. A politician should pay for any expenses incurred by a town for the candidates benefit. Towns are hurting enough theses days. If they don't want to pay "personally", then let the RNC/DNC pick up the tab.
Irene Siena August 22, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Who paid the tab when the Bush's came to Connecticut for fundraising? If they or the RNC did then I say yes, Obama or the DNC should pay. Otherwise this is nothing but a witch hunt.
Karen Hess August 22, 2012 at 09:00 PM
The Obama campaign should pay the bill. The President came to Westport to collect millions of dollars from the one percenters he regularly criticizes, then he sticks the average Westport taxpayer with the bill. Just more hypocrisy from the campaigner-in-chief.
Bart Shuldman August 23, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Karen--hypocracy is Obama's way--have you heard the President hired a Private Equity firm to help with an oil refinery to save the plant so oil prices would not rise in Pennsylvania--a swing state? Amazing--but true. Same guy who bashes private equity--runs to them to help him try to keep potential votes in PA.
Thomas Aquinas August 23, 2012 at 11:15 PM
BS Mr BS...
Tom Doyle August 24, 2012 at 12:48 AM
Obama will do or say whatever he needs to remain in office. He offered the nation hope and change and look what we got. He talks about helping others but it looks like in this instance he helped his campaign fund at the expense of Westport Taxpayers. All I know if I had a prty that required police presence I would be getting a bill. If Obama's campaign won't pay and the DNC won't pay then Harvey should pay.
Bart Shuldman August 24, 2012 at 01:38 PM
TA--NO BS---too funny. This is part of an article from the NY Times Dealbook. It is a sad story about Obama--his Chicago knock down politics cannot hide what he needs when he is trying to save votes. TA read and smile: While accusing presidential candidate Mitt Romney of cutting a swath through American industry during his time as a private equity executive, the White House was working with another private equity firm with long-standing Washington ties to save jobs in the Northeast, according to a story in the Wall Street Journal. Gene Sperling, the director of President Obama’s National Economic Council, helped to broker the deal between the Carlyle Group and Sunoco Inc., which saved a Philadelphia oil refinery and helped keep gas prices down during the summer.
Elyse August 24, 2012 at 08:28 PM
A coworker saw the MILES of backup on I95 due to this visit (well, when the President went to Stamford). Not sure how heinous the traffic was on the way back. However, this was a private party for those wealthy enough to attend. Whoever organized the party should pay for it. Period. So if that's Obama for America, get out that checkbook. I also remember that it was a *gorgeous* beach day and thought of how many people were unaware that Sherwood Island would be closed. That, to be blunt, would suck to drive all the way to the beach to be turned away.


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