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With campaigns comes security, and a tax bill



As Mitt Romney rolled into Dunedin Monday for an afternoon campaign event at Pioneer Park, the Buzz couldn't help but notice all of the Pinellas County Sheriff's deputies providing security for the event. So we wondered, who pays?

Times Staff Writer Jamal Thalji got us an answer and files this report.

More than 40 Pinellas deputies staffed Monday's Romney event in Dunedin. But the agency had to pick up the bill for security. The Sheriff's Office received no money from the campaign, or any federal money that has been set aside for security during the GOP campaiagn.

"No one compensates local law enforcement for these events,” said sheriff's spokeswoman Cecilia Barreda. "It's to benefit the citizens who live in these locations where the events take place and for the attendees as well."

There you have it. Taxpayers pay.

[Last modified: Monday, January 30, 2012 6:41pm]


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