Fair Share

AP

Secret Service officials are refusing to pay the security costs for a recent visit by President Obama to Newport Beach, Calif., despite the Romney campaign paying its fair share of the costs at a separate fundraiser in the area.

The Los Angeles Times reports:

It's the service that is responsible for the candidates' security, not the campaigns, said Max Milien, an agency spokesman. Any cost concerns should be directed to the agency.

Newport Beach City Manager Dave Kiff billed the campaigns of President Obama and presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney for police security at their separate fundraisers this year in the city.

Now that the Romney campaign paid its bill, the city is left in the awkward position of trying to collect from Obama. …

The Romney campaign paid its bill last week, about a month after the city sent its invoice. The Obama bill, on the other hand, was sent in May and has not been paid.