Biden Collects $2,200 A Month In Rent From Secret Service
August 3, 2011 by Marcy Bonebright
OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE PHOTO BY DAVID LIENEMANN
Vice President Joe Biden makes a phone call from his home office in Wilmington, Del. It was recently revealed that the Vice President charges rent to the Secret Service to occupy a cottage adjacent to his home.
“Since April, Mr. Biden has collected more than $13,000 from the agency charged with protecting him and his family for use of a rental cottage adjacent to the waterfront home he owns in a Wilmington, Del., suburb,” read an article for The Washington Times.
“Edwin M. Donovan, special agent in charge at the Secret Service’s Office of Government and Public Affairs in Washington, said the agency pays $2,200 in rent per-month, the same amount a previous tenant had paid before moving out.”
According to the article, the Secret Service believes that occupying the cottage affords a “level of security for the Biden family the agency might not have had otherwise.”
“He should be afforded every single protection available to him and his family, as should every vice president and president,” said Leslie Paige, spokeswoman for the Washington-based Citizens Against Government Waste, in an interview with the newspaper. “You’d think the vice president, who shepherded the deficit committee, would think twice about charging the Secret Service rent. Why would he need the money? I don’t get it.”
According to the article, Biden’s mother lived in the cottage until her death in January 2010. On the contract, Biden is not listed as the Vice President, but reportedly as “vendor” — technically making him a Federal contractor.