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    Secret Service Pays Rent to Protect Biden

    There is just something wrong with this:

    Biden charging Secret Service for cottage rental - Washington Times

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    Biden Charging Secret Service for Cottage Rental

    The U.S. Secret Service does more than protect Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. the agency also pays him rent.

    Since April, Mr. Biden has collected more than $13,000 from the agency charged with protecting him and his family for use of a rental cottage adjacent to the waterfront home he owns in a Wilmington, Del., suburb.

    Mr. Biden, listed not as vice president in federal purchasing documents but as a "vendor," is eligible for up to $66,000 by the time the government contract expires in the fall of 2013, the records show.

    Officials say the arrangement came about when a previous tenant moved out of the cottage and the Secret Service moved in.

    Edwin M. Donovan, special agent in charge at the Secret Service's Office of Government and Public Affairs in Washington, said the agency pays $2,200 in rent per-month, the same amount a previous tenant had paid before moving out.

    He said the close location provides a level of security for the Biden family the agency might not have had otherwise. Asked if the Secret Service typically pays rent to the people it protects, he said, "It's a rental property so we pay rent there."

    Taxpayer watchdogs say the Secret Service should do everything it can to protect Mr. Biden, but they wonder whether he should be collecting rent from the agency while it's doing its job.

    "He should be afforded every single protection available to him and his family, as should every vice president and president," said Leslie Paige, spokeswoman for the Washington-based Citizens Against Government Waste.

    "But this arrangement seems bizarre to me," she added. "You'd think the vice president, who shepherded the deficit committee, would think twice about charging the Secret Service rent. Why would he need the money? I don't get it."

    According to Mr. Biden's office, the vice president's mother lived in the cottage until she died in January 2010. At that time, the Secret Service had been renting properties in the Wilmington area for agents who were providing a protective presence at Mr. Biden's personal residence.

    Mr. Biden later asked the Secret Service if the agency wanted to rent the cottage property, but the Secret Service declined and Mr. Biden rented it instead to a private tenant, according to the vice president's office. But almost a year later, when that tenant moved out, the Secret Service approached Mr. Biden about renting the cottage.

    "The cottage was an existing rental property at the time the Secret Service signed its lease," said Kendra Barkoff, a spokeswoman for Mr. Biden.

    Last year, Mr. Biden and his wife, Jill, reported earning $379,178, including $11,000 in income from the cottage, according to the Bidens' tax return. The Bidens did not list any rental income for 2009.

    The Secret Service was the contracting agency on the two purchase orders so far that have paid Mr. Biden $13,200 combined for use of his cottage.

    The first purchase order to Mr. Biden, for $2,200, was signed April 1, and the second, for $11,000, was signed June 2. The records both list Mr. Biden by name as the vendor under a section of the purchase order called "contractor information." The purchase order describes Mr. Biden as a sole proprietor with no employees and no annual revenue.

    The Washington Times inquired about the rental arrangement after Mr. Biden's name appeared as a vendor in federal spending records. As the vendor on a fixed-price contract, Mr. Biden technically now is a federal contractor.

    He's been outspoken in calling for greater accountability in federal contracts. When Mr. Biden and President Obama launched the "Campaign to Cut Waste" last month, Mr. Biden said, "The President and I are committed to changing the way government works and we are stepping up the hunt for misspent dollars."

    During the presidential transition, Mr. Biden and Mr. Obama pledged to end the abuse of no-bid contracting and require competitive bidding on nearly all contract orders for more than $25,000 across the federal government.

    Though the overall rental contract has a total value of up to $66,000, the agreement was approved through simplified acquisition procedures that do not require bidding.

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    I couldn't find it but I read something similar about the Clintons several years back. Seems they were renting some space to the Secret Service while they were protecting them.

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    Found something on it - http://www.snopes.com/politics/clintons/landlord.asp

    Apparently it isn't true for the Clintons.
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    And yet it's us state employees and union members that are causing the finacial hardships with our outrageous salaries and golden benefits!
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    I don't know if this is against any laws...assuming not. I think it is fiscally and morally debatable. I think it is flat out fucking stupid though.

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    That's the thing about all these Liberal's, they protect their money and wealth, Yet they waste all the tax payers money. As long as is not theirs.. right. Freaking hypocrites.
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    Well ain't that grand.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain America View Post
    Well ain't that grand.
    Sixty six grand actually.
    Pleasing nobody, one person at a time.

    That which does not kill me, better start fucking running.

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    Does the VP they pay his "fair share" taxes on that income? Or does he dodge it and get a wrist slap unreported by the media. Just like other stunts these "progressives" try, it's off the map on ethics, but "legal"; no doubt they got an AG opinion by their in-house lawyer Eric Holder.
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    Well isn't he just special. What a crock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xiphos View Post
    Sixty six grand actually.

    I stand corrected.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain America View Post
    I stand corrected.
    I wish you weren't.
    Pleasing nobody, one person at a time.

    That which does not kill me, better start fucking running.

    If I lived every day like it was my last, the body count would be staggering.

    I intend to go in harm's way. -John Paul Jones

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    Happens here too. When Salman Rushdie had protection, he charged the police rent for the use of his kitchen as a base.
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