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 Posted: Wed Jan 21st, 2009 07:16 pm
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"However, buried in a recent New York Times article [url=http://mediamatters.org/rd?to=http%3A%2F%2F]http://www.nytimes.com%2F2009%2F01%2F06%2Fus%2Fpolitics%2F06donors.html%3F_r%3D1%26pagewanted%3Dprint]published one week[/url] before the controversy erupted over the cost of Obama's inauguration, the newspaper reported that in 2005, "the federal government and the District of Columbia spent a combined $115.5 million, most of it for security, the swearing-in ceremony, cleanup and for a holiday for federal workers" [emphasis added].

You read that correctly. The federal government spent $115 million dollars for the 2005 inauguration. Keep in mind, that $115 million price tag was separate from the money Bush backers bundled to put on the inauguration festivities. For that, they raised $42 million. So the bottom line for Bush's 2005 inauguration, including the cost of security? That's right, $157 million."


EDIT: Working link to the NY Times article

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