President Barack Obama’s golf outings and fundraising trips in February and March of this year cost taxpayers $4.4 million, according to records obtained by Judicial Watch.
Citing Air Force records received through two Freedom of Information Act requests, Judicial Watch reported on four trips taken by Obama. The Secret Service has not responded to FOIA requests about the costs of security on the trips, the group said.
“Taxpayers should be outraged that Barack Obama wastes $4.4 million of their precious tax dollars on golf vacations and political fundraising,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement.
“And to make matters worse, the Secret Service has simply refused to respond to our requests for documents about the security costs of these controversial trips. The Obama travel scandal is about abuse of office, abuse of the taxpayer, and contempt for the rule of law.”
Judicial Watch used the Air Force’s official cost estimate of $206,337 per hour to fly the president in Air Force One. Based on those numbers, the group determined:
- Obama’s February 14 golf outing to Palm Springs, California required a five-hour flight, costing taxpayers $1.03 million.
- Transportation for Obama’s February 19 day trip to Chicago cost taxpayers $619,011.
- Transportation for Obama’s March fundraising trip to Los Angeles cost taxpayers $1.98 million.
- Obama’s March 28 golf outing to Palm City, Florida required a 3.9-hour flight, costing taxpayers $804,870.30.
On the Palm Springs trip, Obama played at the Sunnylands country club on the former estate of the late ambassadors Walter and Leonore Annenberg and stayed over the weekend in the gated community