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Bill Clinton Comes to VI - Did Government Pay?  

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ms411
(@ms411)
Islander

Or did Democratic Party pay?

http://stthomassource.com/content/news/local-news/2016/05/16/bill-clinton-st-croix-dont-join-stampede-fear

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Posted : May 17, 2016 12:18 pm
Alana33
(@Alana33)
Islander

Don't believe the VI Government would pay so either party or private donor paid.
Hard to believe party would pay, either, tho since they keep saying the can't afford to pay for their primary and want election board/taxpayer to foot the bill.

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Posted : May 17, 2016 1:59 pm
OldTart
(@OldTart)
Islander

Who's footing the bill when Mapp goes to China? If it's the VI Government I'm sure the money will have been well spent when that select group of Chinese investors he's wooing will build the major hotel he has his heart set on - the one that Disney was all set to build until, well, it turned out they really weren't ... 😀

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Posted : May 17, 2016 2:34 pm
JohnnyU
(@JohnnyU)
Reputable Member

Is the Lolita Express up and running?

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Posted : May 17, 2016 2:35 pm
Spartygrad95
(@Spartygrad95)
Noble Member

Is the Lolita Express up and running?

*talking point memorized*

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Posted : May 17, 2016 2:52 pm
Cruz
 Cruz
(@Cruz)
Reputable Member

Why would the VI Govt pay for Bill Clinton's trip to campaign for his wife?

That makes no sense.

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Posted : May 17, 2016 3:17 pm
OldTart
(@OldTart)
Islander

Of course it makes no sense. When anyone from "there" sets foot here it's the norm for the forum to start humming with speculation about who's paying for the visit, regardless if it's an official visit or a vacation. 😀

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Posted : May 17, 2016 3:22 pm
caribstx
(@caribstx)
Island Expert

He was probably just stopping by on his way to Little St. James. Gotta make it look legit.

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Posted : May 17, 2016 3:31 pm
ms411
(@ms411)
Islander

I just saw the photo in the Daily News. From what I can see, almost every senator was there. Did they pay $1,000+ to attend? That's what I would like to know. If they did, did it come from their "budget", which comes from us taxpayers, or did they pay from their pocket?

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Posted : May 17, 2016 3:45 pm
OldTart
(@OldTart)
Islander

I just saw the photo in the Daily News. From what I can see, almost every senator was there. Did they pay $1,000+ to attend? That's what I would like to know. If they did, did it come from their "budget", which comes from us taxpayers, or did they pay from their pocket?

You could call and ask, taxpayer's rights and all that.

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Posted : May 17, 2016 3:48 pm
JohnnyU
(@JohnnyU)
Reputable Member

Is the Lolita Express up and running?

*talking point memorized*

Mental note - liberal sheep don't have a sense of humor.

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Posted : May 17, 2016 4:32 pm
Spartygrad95
(@Spartygrad95)
Noble Member

Yes, pedophilia is hilarious. Besides that you should come see me at an open mic night. I'm quite funny

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Posted : May 17, 2016 4:35 pm
CruzanIron
(@CruzanIron)
Noble Member

I just saw the photo in the Daily News. From what I can see, almost every senator was there. Did they pay $1,000+ to attend? That's what I would like to know. If they did, did it come from their "budget", which comes from us taxpayers, or did they pay from their pocket?

You did not have to pay to attend. The payment was for a private meet and greet/picture session AFTER the public event was concluded.

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Posted : May 17, 2016 4:36 pm
ms411
(@ms411)
Islander

Every notice I received said $1,000 or $2,500 for a separate meeting and photo. It was billed as a fundraiser.

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Posted : May 17, 2016 4:53 pm
LoveUSVI
(@LoveUSVI)
Eminent Member

Usually travel expenses are paid by the campaigns. This includes expenses for the venue and food for the public meetings and private fundraising events.

If food or cost of the venue is donated (say by a hotel or private individual), this should be reported as contributions in kind.

The money raised in the fundraising events goes to the campaign or the party (it is usually clearly indicated in the invitation as different contribution limits apply).

It is customary for elected officials to attend these meetings for free (they also get pictures with the candidate, which they may reuse in their own campaigns).

This is the same for both parties.

Here is more information if you really want to know all the details: www.fec.gov

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Posted : May 17, 2016 5:12 pm
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