WASHINGTON—Hours after cash-strapped Mayor Daley said he was concerned over costs associated with Barack Obama’s election night rally in Grant Park, the campaign put out a statement saying it would cover many of the costs associated with handling an expected massive crowd.
“The campaign is working closely with the City of Chicago to secure necessary permits to hold an Election Night event in Grant Park,” said Justin DeJong, an Obama campaign spokesman in a statement.
“In addition to the normal permit fees paid for park rentals, the campaign is already making arrangements to assure that City resources are not used to clean-up the park following the event. The campaign is also paying for substantial private security and EMS services to limit the need for City services surrounding the event. We look forward to a successful event,” he said.
The City of Springfield billed the Obama campaign $50,000 for the August rally where Obama came to the Old State Capitol to name Joe Biden as his running mate.
Mayoral brother Bill, the former Commerce Secretary, is a top Obama campaign advisor.