More than Britian spends on the entire royal family. Taxpayers spent $1.4 billion on Obama family last year | The Daily Caller Taxpayers spent $1.4 billion dollars on everything from staffing, housing, flying and entertaining President Obama and his family last year, according to the author of a new book on taxpayer-funded presidential perks. In comparison, British taxpayers spent just $57.8 million on the royal family. The press has been so slow in picking up on this extraordinary increase in the presidents expenses, Gray told TheDC. (RELATED: Five shocking truths about Michelle Obama) Specifically, Gray said taxpayer dollars are subsidizing Obamas re-election effort when he uses Air Force One to jet across the country campaigning.