Canton bills Bush for a campaign stop

CANTON (AP) -- Being a bellwether county may be a boon.
Officials in this Stark County city charged President Bush $5,681.44 for his July 31 campaign stop at the Memorial Civic Center.
The president's re-election campaign paid the bill, which included fees for use of the building, lobby, bleachers, platform, tables, paper cups and drinking water.
Mayor Janet Weir Creighton, a staunch Republican and Bush campaign supporter, said regardless of political party, everyone renting the center will pay up, including organizers of Saturday's pro-Kerry event hosted by Pittsburgh Steelers legend Franco Harris.
As for the Bush bill, more than $2,000 went for security, including 13 city police officers. Hourly rates for the officers ranged from $29 to $39.69.An additional $350 was charged for city medics.
The Bush campaign has paid in other states, including a $7,822 bill from the Wisconsin city of La Crosse where the president had a rally May 7.
Stark County is a popular place for campaigning because the way voters there choose, so does Ohio. And Ohio has voted for the winning presidential candidate in every election since 1960 except for Jimmy Carter in 1976.
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