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Republican National Committee310 First Street, SEWashington, DC 20003April 25, 2012Comptroller General Gene L. DodaroGovernment Accountability Office441 G Street NWMail Stop 4T21Washington, DC 20548Dear Comptroller General Dodaro:On behalf of American taxpayers, I am writing to call your attention to a case of misuse
of government funds benefitting “Obama for America” (OFA), otherwise known as the president’s reelection campaign.
Throughout his administration, but particularly in recent weeks, President Obama has
been passing off campaign travel as “official events,” thereby allowing taxpayers, rather
than his campaign, to pay for his reelection efforts. Given the recent excesses, waste, andabuse uncovered in the General Services Administration, the GAO should be particularlysensitive to misuse of taxpayer dollars.The most recent example of such misuse came yesterday in North Carolina and Colorado.President Obama traveled to the two states at taxpayer expense to deliver speeches tocheering crowds of college students, events widely reported to be equivalent to campaignrallies.Today he will hold another similar event in Iowa. Ostensibly these campaign stops weremeant to support student loan legislation (which ironically Pres
ident Obama didn’t even
take the time to vote on during his short tenure in the U.S. Senate). Please note thatPresident Obama traveled to three states largely considered to be electoral battlegroundsto promote this legislation. One might imagine that if this were genuinely a governmentevent he might have stopped in a non-battleground state like Texas or Vermont.