Media: Romney Charged Us $1K a Day for Travel
News outlets fight 'exorbitant' trail bills
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 18, 2012 1:29 AM CST
Updated Dec 18, 2012 2:00 AM CST
Mitt Romney speaks to reporters en route from Pittsburgh to Boston, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(Newser) – Major news organizations are fighting what they say are exorbitant prices charged by Mitt Romney's campaign for reporters' travel expenses including food and transportation. Outlets including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today have told the campaign they will be contesting charges that topped $1,000 a day for travel costs and include $812 per person for a single catered meal and use of a "holding space" before a Romney campaign event, BuzzFeed reports.

"These costs far exceed typical expenses on the campaign trail," news editors wrote in a letter to the campaign, demanding a price breakdown of every charge over $200. "Also, it was clear to all present that the campaign’s paid staff frequently consumed the food and drinks ostensibly produced for the media. Were any of the costs of these events charged to the campaign itself, to cover the care and feeding of its staff?" A campaign source says the overcharging wasn't a deliberate attempt to gouge news outlets, but the result of overspending by a generally mismanaged campaign.

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JT119
Dec 19, 2012 9:50 AM CST
$1000.00 A DAY WEALTHFARE FO THE WEALTHY, COUPLE OF HUNDRED DOLLARS A WEEK WELLFARE FOR THE POOR. ' guess its relative
2poor
Dec 19, 2012 9:21 AM CST
I have read this article TWICE. Still, I cannot see the issue with the media other than contend they were charged excessively for their travel and coverage of his failed campaign. How about that? How much do you think you and I pay each time AF 1 lifts from the runway in flight for an Obama pleasure or event? $1000 will not even fund the charge for placement of the stairsteps to the large aircraft. This is truly a non story by non story tellers...LOL
Iffida
Dec 18, 2012 7:39 PM CST
What a frigging tool. Thank God this money grabbing asshole lost.