First Lady's Tucson Visit Cost Taxpayers $18,000

First lady Michelle Obama's visit to Tucson in April cost the taxpayers just under $18,000. The Arizona Daily Star reports that Tucson police used 43 officers, five supervisors and one helicopter for five hours to help keep Obama safe during her April 30 stopover

First lady's Tucson visit cost taxpayers $18,000

First lady Michelle Obama's visit to Tucson in April cost the taxpayers just under $18,000.

The Arizona Daily Star reports that Tucson police used 43 officers, five supervisors and one helicopter for five hours to help keep Obama safe during her April 30 stopover.

The first lady spoke to a crowd of 450 supporters who paid anywhere from $150 to $10,000 to attend a fundraiser at the Tucson Convention Center for President Obama's re-election campaign.

A White House spokesman told the Star that the costs would be covered by the Democratic National Committee or another political committee.

Tucson police Sgt. Maria Hawke says the department hasn't been reimbursed for the money and that as far as she knows, never has been reimbursed for such visits.