Should Taxpayers Foot the Bill for Obama Fundraising?

| by Michael Allen

President Barack Obama is being criticized by Republicans for using taxpayer money to attend two star-studded fundraising events in New York City.

Pres. Obama's campaign won't have to pay for the entire cost of his trip because he also appeared at a World Trade Center site event, which was official business.

In 2004, President George W. Bush for combined fundraisers with official duties, which Republicans did not attack.

However, Reince Priebus, Republican National Committee chairman, said in a statement: "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 re-election efforts."

Republicans also attacked Pres. Obama for appearing with celebrities, but made no mention of Republican Mitt Romney's fundraising appearances with Donald Trump.

After visiting Ground Zero, Pres.Obama and First lady Michelle Obama went to a fundraiser held at Sarah Jessica Parker's house and another at the Plaza Hotel, which raised about $4.5 million for the Obama re-election campaign.

According to the Daily Mail, Parker's guests included Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, Meryl Streep, Olivia Wilde, Aretha Franklin, Solange Knowles, Meryl Streep, Andy Cohen, Chanel Iman, designers Michael Kors and Georgina Chapman.

Parker's husband, Matthew Broderick, who was starring in a Broadway play, was not in attendance.

The Plaza Hotel party featured 'Sex and the City' creator Darren Star; Alicia Keys and Mariah Carey, who sang 'Bring It On Home,' which she wrote for the event.