President Obama’s reelection campaign will not have to pay for the use of the luxurious black bus he rode through the Midwest this week if he decides campaign with it, since the vehicle is the property of the Secret Service and is technically part of his protection force.
According to Secret Service Spokesman Ed Donovan, the agency does not have to be reimbursed because it is “authorized by statute” to protect the president.
The Secret Service purchased two of the buses at $1.1 million each. Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and the future Republican presidential and vice presidential nominees would similarly not have to pay the Secret Service for use of the buses, according to Donovan.
From Monday to Wednesday of this week, Obama used the bus to cruise through portions of Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois in a long, expensive looking caravan. Many critics charged that the journey, which included two states critical to his reelection, was a thinly designed campaign trip.
The Wall Street Journal first reported that the Obama campaign would not have to pay for use of the bus.