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Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008 10:05 am

We need some cash from obama

Springfield asks Barack to pay the piper

The city of Springfield recently sent a bill for $50,000 to U.S. Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign to cover costs incurred during the rally Obama held to introduce his running mate, U.S. Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., at the Old State Capital in August.

But when Obama announced his candidacy for the presidency back in February 2007, the city was more than eager to take the hit. "Everything that we're putting forward — from our police department to our public works department, certainly — is going to pay off in dividends for everything that we're going to get in return," Mayor Tim Davlin said at the time [See R.L. Nave, "Big-top Barack," Feb. 8, 2007]

City Hall spokesman Ernie Slottag says this year's event, also held at the Old State Capitol site and attended by about 30,000 people by the estimation of the Obama campaign, drew a crowd twice the size of Obama's presidential launch.

"In our current economic climate, ya know, overtime costs money," Slottag says.

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