Anonymous Donor Agrees To Cover Costs For Obama Campaign Stop In NH
DURHAM, N.H. (CBS) – An anonymous donor has agreed to pay a New
Hampshire town’s extra security costs for President Barack Obama’s visit
Durham officials say they didn’t mean to raise a ruckus, but they didn’t have the money
budgeted for police, fire and EMS services needed for President Obama’s
visit, and the Obama for America campaign said they wouldn’t pay.
“Some people are very positive about the position that the town has
taken to date, and others have been very critical. Some have expressed
it as being ‘un-American’ the position we have taken, others feel it is
the right thing to do, and campaigns, whoever the party, whatever the
party, should pay the costs associated with the visit,” said Durham Town
Manager Todd Selig.
Town Council Chair Jay Gooze says a local resident has stepped up to the plate.
“An anonymous donor, a Durham resident, contacted the town
administrator and council chair, and offered to pay for town public
safety costs up to $20,000. The donor wanted us to make public his or
her sentiment that the town had done the right thing in asking the
campaign to do its part,” said Gooze. (Continues)