Your frequent flier tax dollars
Obama returns to California for a re-election fundraising trip on Oct. 25. A minimum of 11 hours round-trip. According to the 89th Airlift Wing, one hour of flight time on air Force One costs $181,757. Add to that the cost of operating Marine One, the Secret Service detail and expenses on the ground including overtime for local police.
In 2010, Air Force One flew 172 times. What does that say about Obama’s carbon footprint? Never mind Sasquatch – Bigfoot is here!
Several flights were to California for fundraisers. Who picked up the tab? Certainly not the Democratic National Committee. Obama chalked up the trip to government business. We paid.
On May 25, 2010, Obama flew west for a Boxer fundraiser. Next day, his motorcade made a stop at Solyndra in Fremont. The solar panel company recently declared bankruptcy after receiving a $535 million stimulus loan from the Obama administration.
Congress and the FBI are now investigating Solyndra. The government paid $2.4 million in fees to the law firm that managed legal work related to Solyndra’s loan guarantee. An associate of the law firm is married to a Silicon Valley investor who raised more than $500,000 for Obama in 2008. As of Sept. 30, this former energy department official had bundled the same amount for Obama’s 2012 campaign.
Incidentally, when Solyndra’s assets are liquidated, private investors, including billionaire George Kaiser, big-time bundler for Obama, will have first crack at the proceeds.