The Franklin County Sheriff told Watchdog 10 on Wednesday that he was working to recoup taxpayer money spent on presidential campaign visits.
Sheriff Zach Scott said the Mitt Romney campaign an invoice for $26,000 and the Obama campaign an invoice for $49,000.
Scott said that he estimates that Obama’s Monday visit to German Village cost the department $20,000. That cost does not include costs incurred by the Columbus Division of Police or the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
According to Scott, his department has paid about $80,000 this year alone, not including Monday’s visit.
“I’m only asking for $80,000,” Scott said. “It’s not outrageous, given what these campaigns have raised nationally.”
Watchdog 10 found that both presidential campaigns have left Ohio taxpayers to pick up the tab for security.
Central Ohio taxpayers have paid more than $100,000 for campaign coverage this year so far.
The number does not include the costs the Columbus Division of Police has incurred, because the department said it was not keeping track of the costs.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol said that it could not provide the amount it has paid, citing security concerns.
Neither the Republican nor Democratic campaign answered Watchdog 10’s request for comment.
Previously, the campaigns told Watchdog 10 that security costs were not their responsibility because the Secret Service was in charge of coordinating security.
Secret Service officials said that it did not have a budget from which to reimburse law enforcement agencies and that the candidates choose where and when they visit.
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September 18, 2012: Presidential Candidate Visits Cost Ohio Taxpayers Hundreds Of Thousands