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Obama campaign hasn't paid bill, Newport Beach city officials say

President Barack Obama is seen during his visit to Southern California in February 2012.

July 31, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
The city of Newport Beach may call the bill collectors on President Barack Obama's re-election campaign.

Chicago-based Obama for America still owes Newport Beach $35,000 for the cost of providing police protection during a February fundraiser. The bill was sent in May and due in June. The city even sent a reminder notice.

One council member said the city will apply its usual policies and send the bill to collections. City officials also contacted the Democratic National Committee about the bill, but the DNC said the Secret Service is responsible for presidential security.

According to the Los Angeles Times, a Secret Service spokesman said the agency does not have the budget to pay for those expenses and that the city should've notified the Secret Service in advance if it needed assistance with extra security. City Manager Doug Kiff said the police department did inform the Secret Service ahead of time and were told to check with the president's campaign or the DNC.

City officials noted that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's campaign promptly paid a $10,441 bill for his fundraiser there last month.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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