During President Obama’s three-day swing through Washington State, California and Colorado, he fielded questions at a town hall meeting in Silicon Valley and visited a high school in Denver. Two official events to promote his jobs plan. Compare that to seven fundraisers he headlined, raising at least $8 million for his re-election campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

Who paid for the trip? You did. And so did we. Taxpayers are footing the bill for almost the entire trip, which also cost millions of dollars.

It’s standard practice for presidents, both Democratic and Republican, to go on predominantly fundraising trips with taxpayer’s paying for most of the travel costs. It’s completely legal. Do some official White House business on the trip and – voila! – the president’s re-election campaign and party shoulder very little of the cost.

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