Obama Campaign Paid UW-Madison $15,000 For Thursday's Rally

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President Barack Obama's campaign paid UW-Madison $15,000 to stage Thursday's rally on Bascom Hill, according to the contract between the two parties released by the university Friday.

The sum is to cover "basic services and equipment," including police and security and cleanup.

The contract allows the university to bill for additional costs if needed, such as "material damage" to grass, trees or light fixtures on Bascom Hill. Early reports from the university's grounds crew suggest no such damage, said Vince Sweeney, vice chancellor for university relations.

Some additional costs are expected to be billed, Sweeney said, although those details are still being worked. For instance, the university used giant tarps to cover the windows on an entire side of Chadbourne Hall, a dorm near Bascom Hill.

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