Republicans complain taxpayers fund Obama political travel

Republicans are complaining to a U.S. government watchdog that President Barack Obama’s trips for official business are little more than campaign stops funded with taxpayer dollars, a claim dismissed by the White House and Obama’s campaign team.

President Barack Obama addresses the House Dem...

President Barack Obama addresses the House Democratic Caucus Issues Conference in Williamsburg, Virginia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In a letter on Wednesday to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) comptroller general requesting a formal inquiry, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus alleged a “misuse of government funds” relating to certain presidential travel, especially to November battleground states.

“One incident of this might be an error that is easily remedied. But it is a pattern of behavior that is worsening,” Priebus said.

The complaint noted that government watchdogs, like the GAO, should be sensitive to any spending practices that might raise questions, and more so now with a travel scandal engulfing the General Services Administration (GSA).

Priebus underscored Obama appearances on college campuses this week in key states of Colorado and North Carolina meant to support student loan legislation that were “widely reported to be equivalent to campaign rallies.”

Republicans also noted a string of fundraisers in Florida two weeks ago that included one short official event to plug the proposed Buffett tax rule on the wealthy.

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