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    President Barack Obama spent $4.4 million of US taxpayers’ money on private golfing vacations and partisan fundraising meetings in just two months in 2015, the watchdog group Judicial Watch announced in a press release.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The documents regarding the Obama travel expenses came in response to two Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests filed by Judicial Watch.

    "[R]ecords from the US Department of the Air Force [reveal] that Barack Obama’s February and March 2015 travel for golf vacations and fundraisers totaled $4,436,245.50 in taxpayer-funded transportation expenses," the press release read on Thursday.

    To date, the Secret Service has not provided the requested information as required by FOIA regarding security costs, the release noted.

    The newly released records revealed that Obama’s February 14, 2015 trip to Palm Springs, California cost the US government $1,031,685.00, the release added.

    The President’s February 19 day trip to Chicago, when he supported the reelection campaign of his former White House chief of staff Rahm Emmanuel, cost $619,011.00, Judicial Watch said.

    When the President flew to Los Angeles in March on a fundraising visit, the cost of that transcontinental venture came to $1,980,835.20, it said.

    Obama’s March 28, 2015 golf jaunt to Palm City, Florida required a 3.9-hour flight, at a cost of $804,870.30, the release noted.

    The total known travel expenses of President Obama, his wife Michelle and Vice President Joe Biden so far amount to more than $61 million, Judicial Watch said.

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