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Obamas Will Pick Up Tab for White House Renovations

First family turns down $100K in public cash
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 30, 2009 7:44 AM CDT

(Newser) – Barack and Michelle Obama won’t be using the $100,000 in taxpayer cash the first family is allotted for White House renovations, New York magazine reports. Instead, they’ll fund their fix-up out of their own pockets. Which may be a good political investment, since they’ve hired Michael S. Smith, a Hollywood decorator who's worked for the likes of Rupert Murdoch and Steven Spielberg—and scored the infamous $87,783 rug for former Merrill Lynch CEO John Thain.

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They “are not using public funds or accepting donations of goods for redecorating their private quarters,”  the first lady's communication director tells New York.
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