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BPD Waits for Sali

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The City of Boise is still waiting for the campaign of Congressman Bill Sali to pay for the extra security costs incurred by a campaign visit by Vice President Dick Cheney last summer.

The Boise Police Department spent $4,400 to provide security for Cheney's visit.

Boise Police Department spokeswoman Lynn Hightower said a bill was sent to Sali's campaign office in early October. They called the campaign again on Dec. 20 to remind them of the outstanding bill.

"No one has returned the call," said Hightower.

When BW reached Michelle Glasgow, Sali's new campaign manager, she said she had not been in her job long enough to know about the bill from the BPD.

"Frankly, I've heard nothing from them," Glasgow said. "I don't have an answer for you."

Calls to Sali's Congressional office in D.C. were not immediately returned.

The high-profile visit helped Sali to raise $31,252 from some 30 donors, in his successful effort to defeat Democratic challenger Larry Grant. The money was reported by a campaign committee, Sali-Idaho Victory, a group that has since closed its operations.

"Obviously, they're busy," Hightower said of the delayed response. Since winning the election, Sali has had to set up his Congressional office in Washington and Idaho, and has been elected by his peers to be the president of the freshman class of lawmakers in Washington. He has also sponsored a bill that would abolish the force of gravity, something he said he did to highlight his opposition to a minimum wage hike.

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