Campaign stops add up, and so do the bills for the cities and states playing host: security, traffic control, disruption of city services.
Some communities are trying to bill the campaigns. On Tuesday, the city council in Portsmouth, NH, voted for any extra fees from campaign stops between now and the General Election. Selectmen in Windham, NH, debated sending the $5,000-plus bill for a stop last month to the Obama campaign, but decided against it.
Newport Beach, CA billed the Obama campaign $35,000 for security services rendered, and later $10,000 to the Romney camp for keeping the peace and closing streets. Meanwhile, last month, the DNC refused to reimburse $14,000 to Westport, CT, for expenses from an Obama stop.
Iowa communities have hosted Obama and Romney, and their surrogates, dozens of times this year. Just Friday, with VP Joe Biden and their spouses. The same day Romney descended on Orange City.
Is it worth the price for front-row seats to presidential politics, or should the campaigns dip into their multimillion-dollar war chests to pay their way?