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Mon Oct 22, 2018, 05:47 AM

Has anyone heard how much the "Magical Mayhem Tour" is costing taxpayers?

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Every sitting president campaigns, but most of them have had the good sense to announce upfront that their party is footing at least part of the cost.....and then they also try to do some legitimate "president-ish" stuff to justify the trip..

El Buffoono"s cartoonish, fact-free frenzy has to be costing a fortune .

They could put a cardboard cutout, a kid shooting MAGA hats from a tee short cannon, and a tape recording on the stage since he says & does the same shtick every time

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Reply Has anyone heard how much the "Magical Mayhem Tour" is costing taxpayers? (Original post)
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mercuryblues Oct 2018 #1

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Mon Oct 22, 2018, 08:47 AM

1. I looked this up the other day

The average cost of AF1 is $200,000 per hour of flight. The RNC is supposed to reimburse some of the cost. If it is purely a campaign flight the reimbursement formula is that the RNC and/or campaign funds pay the amount that it would cost to rent a private charter for the amount of campaign officials flying on AF1. Like you said, Obama mixed his trips with official and campaign stops. The cost is split between the campaign committee and government.

More at:


FEC: If a federal candidate travels on a government-owned aircraft, including Air Force One, for campaign purposes, then his or her campaign committee must reimburse the government for the cost of the travel.
The reimbursement rates for government-owned aircraft are specified at 11 CFR 100.93(e), which provides that the government entity providing the aircraft must be reimbursed at one of two rates: (a) the "pro rata share per campaign traveler of the usual and normal charge for the flight on a comparable aircraft of sufficient size to accommodate all campaign travelers" or (b) the "private traveler reimbursement rate." If both rates are available, the traveler may choose which rate to use.

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