Taxpayers Gave Romney $8.9M to Plan 'Transition'
New law provides candidates with resources whether they win or not
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Dec 20, 2012 11:22 AM CST
Mitt Romney waves to supporters at an election night rally in Boston.   (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File)

(Newser) – The federal government handed Mitt Romney's team millions of dollars to plan a presidential transition that never happened, Freedom of Information Act requests reveal. Romney was the first beneficiary of the Presidential Transition Act of 2010, which provides major party candidates with resources to plan their transitions mid-campaign, Time explains. Backers argued that the bill would improve national security by ensuring the new president was ready to hit the ground running.

Romney started availing himself of the funds right after his national convention, and while the final bill hasn't been tallied, the estimated cost is around $8.9 million, including $2.5 million to design and build office space for his transition team, $740,000 worth of furniture, and $5.6 million for computers, cell phones, and other IT needs. The General Services Administration hastens to point out that some of those resources, like the laptops it bought for Romney's 500-member team, would be recycled for future transition teams.

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Dec 31, 2012 11:19 AM CST
bundy714 angrily asks "who would use 4 year old laptops for their transition team?" An easy answer to the Oh-Mamanicac Quest: donate the laptops to Oh-Mamma's high schools, and tell them these are Obama's trophies from his costly near-one-billion re-election .
Dec 30, 2012 3:43 PM CST
Crafter67 questions "How did he 'waste' it [one billion dollars] on campaigning?" Answer: Once DEM fanatics told me that they were angry because Mr Mitt wasted 8.9 millions in a losing presidential race. Then I wonder why it is not a waste that Mr Oh-Mama spent about one thousand millions of dollars in the campaign that Mr Oh_Mama believed to win in any events?
Dec 29, 2012 2:28 PM CST
the website shows that Mr Obama spent / wasted the amount of 985.7 million dollars in the president election 2012, in which he would win in any events. However, someone are angry with Mr Mitt Romney wasted 8.9 millions in the race that he would lose in any events.