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Thu Dec 20, 2012, 03:12 PM

The Cost of Romney’s Government-Assisted Transition: $8.9 Million

One of the less scintillating milestones of the 2012 election was marked by the General Services Administration, when Mitt Romney became the first candidate to take advantage of the Presidential Transition Act of 2010. The Act, spearheaded by former Sen. Ted Kaufman, provides resources for major candidates to start planning for their presidency long before Election Day. Through a Freedom of Information Act request, TIME acquired documents from the GSA that show the scope–and cost–of this unprecedented government-assisted transition.

In 2010, legislators said the main goal of the Act was to bolster national security by ensuring that candidates are prepared to take office, and that they don’t shy away from transition planning for fear that they’ll look presumptuous. To that end, the law stipulates that the federal government will provide certain resources to non-incumbent candidates after their nominating convention. The GSA says final costs are still being tabulated, but the initial estimated cost for Romney’s pre-transition phase is around $8.9 million.

(MORE: Planning a Presidency That Never Was: Inside Romney’s Transition Team)

The design, construction and space planning for the Romney team’s office space, which took up multiple floors in the Mary E. Switzer building a couple miles from the White House, cost about $2.5 million. The furniture bill came in around $740,000, and basics like office supplies cost about $30,000. The biggest chunk by far came from communications and related hardware. Items such as IT services, computer equipment and cell phones cost $5.6 million. The GSA noted that some of the resources would be recycled; Dell Latitude Laptops bought for Romney’s 500-strong transition team, for example, will be used by other parts of the federal government. Rent charges were waived by the GSA, as they traditionally are for transition teams during the President-Elect phase.



Read more: http://swampland.time.com/2012/12/19/the-cost-of-romneys-government-assisted-transition-8-9-million/#ixzz2FcoA2r4f

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Response to mfcorey1 (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 03:18 PM

1. WTF? The government has this kind of money to

waste, but must cut Social Security benefits? Talk about out of touch bureaucrats!

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Response to mfcorey1 (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 03:46 PM

2. repigs depend on govt handouts

 

It's another Big Lie for the repigs: "they want a smaller government"

In reality, their incompetence in every phase of life binds them to easy money like no-bid gov't contracts. They don't want a smaller gov't. They want a bigger gov't and more taxes, as long as the taxes are from other people and the spending goes to them or their cronies.

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Response to bongbong (Reply #2)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 04:00 PM

3. Charming

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