New information obtained from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) brings the grand total of known travel expenses of President Obama and his family to $79,630,433.93, Judicial Watch reported Wednesday.
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton called President Obama’s travel spending a “scandal” and an “abuse of the office.”
“Taxpayers should be incensed that the Secret Service’s resources [are] wasted to provide security for endless golf excursions, political fundraisers, and luxury vacations,” Fitton said.
The non-profit government watchdog organization obtained new information on Secret Service spending on hotel and travel expenses for seven presidential trips in 2014 and 2015, which were mostly for pleasure and fundraising, through a November 2015 lawsuit it filed against DHS because the agency “had failed to respond to 19 FOIA [Freedom of Information Act] requests” since July 2014.
The priciest of the seven trips – to Seattle and Los Angeles to raise money for Democratic congressional candidates in July 2014 – cost taxpayers $237,731.05 on hotels, $19,888.70 on rental cars, $1,451.40 on air and rail travel, and $2,425,085.50 on Air Force expenses, for a grand total of $2,684,156.60, according to the released records. (Read more from “Obamas Spent $79.6 Million on Travel Expenses So Far” HERE)