By Michael Norton
(Boston, MA) A spokesman for Auditor Suzanne Bump said Friday that the office would review a request made this week for her to look into taxpayer costs associated with President Barack Obama’s campaign swing through Massachusetts on Monday. In an email, Bump spokesman Christopher Thompson said the auditor’s office had not yet received a letter requesting the review from the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance, but would review it once it was received.
Alliance director Paul Craney this week asked for the review, citing a Boston Herald article estimating taxpayer costs associated with Obama’s visit at between $150,000 and $200,000. In addition to publicizing a tweet in which Bump said she was “giddy” about meeting Obama on Monday night, Craney said the alliance was optimistic that the auditor’s office would see value in determining taxpayer costs associated with the visit, which included a high-dollar fundraiser at Symphony Hall in Boston.
“As the state’s top fiscal watchdog, this is a great opportunity for the Auditor to show some teeth, gather information and make it public,” Craney said in a statement.
Attorney and former federal prosecutor Frank McNamara, a recent candidate for the Republican Party chairmanship, is treasurer of the alliance.
Craney said the “letter” requesting a review was delivered through an option available on the auditor’s website. He later confirmed that an auditor’s office employee confirmed for him that he had received the request.