Obama Team Pays Fair Share for Wage Garnishment

• July 23, 2012 2:31 pm


President Obama’s reelection campaign is paying the state of Virginia $425 per month to cover the wage garnishment of one of its employees, records show.

Documents filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) list a June disbursement of $424.50 to the "Treasurer of Virginia" for "wage garnishment."

The exact reason for the garnishment is unclear. Most states permit it as a means to secure payment on back taxes, bankruptcy proceedings, unpaid domestic support, or other debts.

The revelation comes amid the Obama campaign’s relentless demands for Republican challenger Mitt Romney to publicly release years more of his tax returns.

Senior Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod on Monday appeared to break the political "ceasefire" following last week’s the tragic shooting in Aurora, Colo., accusing Romney of "secrecy" on taxes.

Meanwhile, Democrats are becoming increasingly concerned with the rate at which the Obama campaign is spending money.

The campaign’s FEC filing for June shows payroll costs of $2.9 million in wages before taxes, paid out to roughly 780 staff members.

National Review’s Jim Geraghty noted that the Obama campaign has been spending liberally in states that most view as safely Democratic. The campaign, for instance, has spent nearly $2 million in Rhode Island, a state that has not voted for a Republican presidential candidate since 1984.

The Obama campaign did not immediately return a request for comment.

Published under: FEC, Obama Campaign