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.

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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