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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Gingrich’s Secret Service detail likely costing taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars a day

Newt's bloated ego continues to demand expensive Secret Service protection which will continue until he drops out and he has no intention of dropping out.  Meanwhile, Ron Paul's campaign isn't costing taxpayers a dime because Ron Paul has consistently refused to even request Secret Service protection.  In 2008, the cost of Secret Service protection for Clinton and Obama was $38,000 per day per candidate.
Even though by his own estimation he has very little prospect of winning the Republican nomination, Newt Gingrich is still likely costing the taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars a day with his Secret Service detail on the campaign trail. Gingrich reportedly requested Secret Service protection in February and was granted a detail in early March. In April 2008, Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan told the Homeland Security Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee that it was then costing the agency roughly $38,000 a day to service each candidate receiving protection, which was then just Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. A source with knowledge of the inner workings of the Gingrich campaign told The Daily Caller that Gingrich recently had three people on his personal security detail, though sometimes there are “many more.” “Others on the campaign told me that some of the Secret Service members were even saying it was a waste of time and that he shouldn’t have it,” the source told TheDC. “Staff members thought it was ridiculous too, and just another example of Newt’s arrogance and self-importance.”
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