Documents obtained by the political watchdog Judicial Watch this week show that in just two months the President spent close to $4.5 million on golfing and fundraising trips.
The records were obtained from the U.S. Department of the Air Force as part of of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.
They reveal that Obama’s February and March golf vacations and fundraisers came to a whopping $4,436,245.50 in travel expenses ALONE.
The security costs of the trips to Palm Springs and Palm City, as well as fundraising trips to Chicago and LA, have not yet been revealed by the Secret Service.
According to Judicial Watch, the documents show:
- Obama’s February 14, 2015, golf outing to Palm Springs required a five-hour flight, costing taxpayers a total of $1,031,685.
- Transportation for Obama’s February 19 day trip to Chicago cost taxpayers $619,011.00.
- Transportation for Obama’s March 2015 fundraising trip to Los Angeles cost taxpayers $1,980,835.20.
- Obama’s March 28, 2015, golf outing to Palm city required a 3.9-hour flight, costing taxpayers $804,870.30.
The report notes that in Palm Springs Obama spent the whole weekend at the luxurious Sunnylands country club, while the trip to LA was mostly about appearing on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and raking in up to $33,400 per couple for attendance to a private DNC fundraiser.
The two golf outings alone cost taxpayers $1,836,555 in travel expenses. Obama played a total of five rounds of golf, equating to a cost of $20,406 per hole. The two fundraising trips totaled $2.59 million.
“Taxpayers should be outraged that Barack Obama’s wastes 4.4 million of their precious tax dollars on golf vacations and political fundraising,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.
“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.” Fitton urged.
Last year, in the same two months, Obama spent nearly $3 million for flight expenses alone to play golf in Palm Springs and Key Largo.
The Obamas have spent tens of millions in tax dollars to vacation around 40 times in the past six years. To date, the known travel expenses of the Obamas and Vice President Joe Biden exceed $61million, according to Judicial Watch.
Steve Watson is a London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.