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RNC Accuses Obama Of Misusing Taxpayer Dollars With Trips

4/26/2012 1:42 PM ET

The Republican National Committee requested Wednesday that the Government Accountability Office investigate the use of government funds by President Barack Obama, claiming that he has misused taxpayer dollars with campaign trips. RNC Chairman Reince Priebus wrote a letter to Comptroller General Gene Dodaro and filed a formal complaint on behalf of the organization.

"Throughout his administration, but particularly in recent weeks, President Obama has been passing off campaign travel as 'official events,' thereby allowing taxpayers, rather than his campaign, to pay for his reelection efforts," Priebus wrote.

"The most recent example of such misuse came yesterday in North Carolina and Colorado," Priebus continued. "President Obama traveled to the two states at taxpayer expense to deliver speeches to cheering crowds of college students, events widely reported to be equivalent to campaign rallies."

The RNC letter requested an immediate review of the situation, adding that they realize the GAO is busy handling the investigation of the lavish taxpayer-funded General Services Administration Vegas vacation.

Responding to the letter, White House spokesman Eric Schultz said the president's travel was part of his "official responsibility."

"This week's travel has been part of the President's official responsibility to get outside of Washington, DC, hear from students, and discuss stopping interest rates on their loans from doubling in July," Schultz said in the statement. He added, "When there is political travel, we follow all rules and regulations that all other Administrations have followed."

by RTT Staff Writer

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