LOS ANGELES (Worthy News)– President Obama began a two-day fundraising trip through the West Coast where the President found critics amongst the press core for being locked out of Democratic fundraisers, and residents of California stuck on the highway.
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L.A. gets snarky about Obama traffic delays: #ThanksObama – LA Times
President Obama may rake in the money from fawning donors during his two-day fundraising sweep through Los Angeles this week, but he's not winning any fans among commuters who, as they do, take to social media to vent.
“Obama is visiting Los Angeles today which means I won’t be home till around 7:30pm due to traffic delays. #SMH” tweeted Twitter user West Coastin'.
Barack Obama locks out the press — again – Politico
President Barack Obama went to the West Coast to meet donors from two top Democratic super PACs, but the press wasn't invited.
"We think these fundraisers ought to be open to at least some scrutiny, because the president's participation in them is fundamentally public in nature," said Christi Parsons, the new president of the White House Correspondents' Association. "Denying access to him in that setting undermines the public's ability to independently monitor and see what its government is doing. It's of special concern as these events and the donors they attract become more influential in the political process."
How Obama is saving the DNC money on his fundraising trips — at your expense – Washington Examiner
During President Obama's West Coast fundraising swing this week, he'll squeeze in an official speech about job training at a community college between multimillion-dollar fundraisers in Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles to benefit House and Senate Democrats' re-elections this fall.
A search of DNC Federal Election Commission reports turned up $227,000 in payments so far this year to the White House Airlift Office, which organizes and plans all presidential travel. Last year, the DNC reimbursed the same office approximately $1.2 million and in 2012, during Obama's re-election campaign, the party committee paid $1.7 million.
Those figures are just a minor fraction of the costs of operating Air Force One, with its extensive advance teams, Secret Service agents, vehicles and military and civilian personnel required to travel with the president.