- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 5, 2015

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) - Two Colorado sheriffs say taxpayers should not be footing the bill for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s security at a private fundraiser on Tuesday outside Aspen.

Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo and Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario said the police provided about $5,000 worth of security for the fundraiser, which cost $2,700 per person to attend, reported the Aspen Times (https://bit.ly/1DtLYNZ ).

“If she wants to go to the Red Onion and shake some hands, that’s complimentary,” DiSalvo said, explaining that he was happy to provide security for public events. “But that’s not happening.”

The pricey fundraiser was held at the home of Robert Hurts, a former Goldman Sachs executive and the current managing director of New York-based investment firm Crestview Advisors.

DiSalvo acknowledged that the $5,000 cost of Clinton’s visit is not a lot of money, but said he was more concerned about the principle of the situation.

“I’m trying to set a precedent here to get paid,” he said. “I have no mechanism to make them pay and I’ll always help out the Secret Service. But I think the responsible thing to do is ask.”

DiSalvo says he contacted the Clinton campaign and was told they don’t pay for such things. Hurt said he was receptive to paying, but the campaign said it would put him in violation of campaign finance laws.

Vallario, the Garfield County sheriff, said the Secret Service called him four hours before Clinton’s plane landed in Rifle and asked for help with security.

The sheriff assigned one deputy to the job, but said it was all he could do.

“If it is the Secret Service’s responsibility to provide security, get more Secret Service agents,” said Vallario, who expressed frustration with politicians’ behavior.

“It’s uncalled for,” he said of complimentary security provided to a private fundraiser. “It’s abuse. It’s that political class attitude that thinks they’re entitled to consume public resources. It’s been a part of their life for so long.”

Colorado State Patrol also provided security for Clinton on Tuesday.


Information from: The Aspen Times, https://www.aspentimes.com/

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