Things you never thought you’d see: Obama’s campaign manager begs for money

posted at 1:46 pm on July 14, 2008 by Allahpundit

I saw and duly dismissed as wishful thinking Karl’s and Patrick Ruffini’s posts last week speculating that St. Barack hadn’t released his June fundraising numbers yet because his money machine had finally broken down. After watching this, I wonder if they’re right. The obvious spin is that the sluggish contributions are simply an artifact of summer doldrums, but (per Ruffini) Kerry took in $30 million in June 2004, which would be slightly better than what Obama’s rumored to have pulled last month. You’d expect even a weak stretch for Team Barry to improve significantly on what the Dems were doing four years ago.

Or would you? Says Ruffini:

Obama’s fundraising surge came during and around primary elections with the outcome in doubt. Once it seemed he had it wrapped up, his online fundraising fell off dramatically. As we’ve seen, online fundraising can be hugely tempermental and event-driven. Hillary, who would normally raise $200,000 – $400,000 per email in slow periods, would see $10 million over a couple of days after winning a key primary like Pennylavania.

That actually seems to argue in favor of summer doldrums. Kerry’s donors were running hard out of the gate to stop Bush; Obama’s donors, having run hard to stop Hillary, might be momentarily unmotivated until the race with McCain wears on a bit and stays tight, whereupon they’ll panic and start pouring it on again. $100 million in June might be absurd, in other words, but $100 million in September and October might not be. Which probably explains Plouffe’s video here: Whether it’s genuinely time to panic or not, he wants them to think that it is. Especially before another month of lackluster fundraising (by Obama’s standards) gives the media a new building block to construct an Obama “fizzle” narrative.

Exit question: Geraghty says if Obama actually did have a monster June, he wouldn’t be keeping it a secret. In any other month, maybe not — but with his foreign policy trip coming up, they might be waiting (and putting out bad info now to lower expectations) in order to give him a big buzzworthy send-off. We’ll know by this weekend. Click the image to watch.

Update: Let’s come at this from another direction. If you think Obama’s fundraising is gone for good instead of in a momentary lull, explain why. Certainly some of his support in the primary came from people who simply hate the Clintons and wanted them stopped without caring much who might win between Obama and McCain, but for every one of those donors that Obama’s lost, he’s probably picking up (or will eventually pick up) a former Hillary donor. It may also be that some of the nutroots and far left are disaffected with his tacking towards the right, but they’ll come back soon enough if the race stays close. And if it doesn’t stay close, with Obama bouncing out to a big lead — who cares about money then? The point is to win, not to raise $500 million.

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Maybe they are waiting to see if they have any money left over after paying for the rising fuel costs…or maybe Obama is finally being exposed for what he is, an empty suit.

right2bright on July 14, 2008 at 1:57 PM

I don’t know what to make of this, but I wouldn’t believe such a report coming from a Democrat for a minute.

They’re the Masters of Deception here. Remember that.

newton on July 14, 2008 at 1:57 PM

The video leads to Obama’s website. Anyone care to click on “Other” (amount) and put their two cents worth in, literally?

Steve Z on July 14, 2008 at 1:59 PM

Did you see the map on the board?
They mis-present the solid red in the middle Ameica.

I thought some southwest states are in play, or the Dems hope they are in play.

Sir Napsalot on July 14, 2008 at 1:59 PM

McCain…will spend all that money on untrue, negative ads…

Give us one example.
Many on the right are annoyed with McCain because he’s not being negative.

jgapinoy on July 14, 2008 at 2:00 PM

Hmm, I wonder what it costs them to process a donation. If I donate one cent will they lose money on the deal? I’m not going to do it, because I’d end up on their mailing list and eventually have to take a flame thrower to my mailbox, just feeling a bit subversive this afternoon…

trubble on July 14, 2008 at 2:00 PM

But what this proves is how naive Team Barry is….

Writing $100 million checks they can’t cover. By setting expectations so high, anything less than incredible will be considered a loss.

Diogenes of Sinope on July 14, 2008 at 2:01 PM

Obama’s donors, having run hard to stop Hillary, might be momentarily unmotivated until the race with McCain wears on a bit and stays tight, whereupon they’ll panic and start pouring it on again.

Depends on how much and how willing they are to “pour” again. 45% of Obama’s donors give under $200, indicating there isn’t an endless supply of money. While they can legally donate up to $4,600, it may not be in their budget.

Furthermore, Obama’s seriously pissed off his activist netroot base. Between Iraq, public financing, and (especially) FISA, Markos hasn’t even sent in cash yet.

amerpundit on July 14, 2008 at 2:02 PM

“We can’t count on anybody else. We can’t wait for a cavalry out there…”

Well, there’s always public financing Pouffte…

Oh wait, no there isn’t, is there?

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Misha I on July 14, 2008 at 2:03 PM

Can’t they call “Freezer Cash” Jefferson?

RMCS_USN on July 14, 2008 at 2:05 PM

I wouldn’t want to embarrass obama with U.S. currency but I might be able to scrape a few pesos together.

coldshot on July 14, 2008 at 2:05 PM

I hope McCain never resorts to this sort of video embed begging in his fund-raising pages, it is so pitiful to watch the lows this Obama campaign will reach for, first backtracking 180 on his pledge, then gloating about it, and now crying about money compared to McCain who is using the public system. This is real gall.

Please excuse me while I go puke up my dinner.. If this man wins, I feel he will take your country to its lowest point in the last 30 odd years. You will be a bankrupt nation fiscally, morally & an international whipping boy.

saus on July 14, 2008 at 2:05 PM

If I don’t give Barack money the Republicans will run untrue ads about him? They might even use scare tactics?

snaggletoothie on July 14, 2008 at 2:07 PM

I’d throw my 2 cents in, but he isn’t worth it.

becki51758 on July 14, 2008 at 2:08 PM

Welcome back AP! :)

spmat on July 14, 2008 at 2:11 PM

I wouldn’t want to embarrass obama with U.S. currency but I might be able to scrape a few pesos together.

coldshot on July 14, 2008 at 2:05 PM

Ah, but he admitted that he didn’t speak Spanish.

Now if you sent francs, oops, it’s Euros now, he might say “Merci beaucoup.”

Wethal on July 14, 2008 at 2:12 PM

Dang it, I just tried to donate -$5000.00 but it wouldn’t take it.

matd on July 14, 2008 at 2:12 PM

Expecting Democrats to be honest for even a moment is expecting far too much.

Maxx on July 14, 2008 at 2:12 PM

Everywhere Solis Doyle goes there seems to be a campaign cash problem.

Back in the day, this would be called…

things that make you go hmmmmm.

swami on July 14, 2008 at 2:13 PM

Kerry took in $30 million in June 2004

Obama can’t easily be compared to past candidates with regards to fundraising since he’s the first major party candidate to opt out of public financing. He’s got to sustain himself all the way through November; McCain just has to get through the convention. Obama also has the following to worry about:

1. his overhead is $10 mil/month more than McCain’s
2. Hillary’s debt
3. the RNC is outraising the DNC by 10 to 1

So you can see why Plouffe might be getting nervous about now…

Missy on July 14, 2008 at 2:15 PM

“We can’t count on anybody else. We can’t wait for a cavalry out there…”

Haven’t they been telling us “We are the ones we have been waiting for” AKA “The Cavalry” Their cavalry appears to have RETREATED!!! ROFLMAO

ordi on July 14, 2008 at 2:15 PM

If you think Obama’s fundraising is gone for good instead of in a momentary lull, explain why.

Because of Obama reforming a lot of his positions.

By the way, belated “welcome back, AP”.

Spirit of 1776 on July 14, 2008 at 2:15 PM

or maybe Obama is finally being exposed for what he is, an empty suit.

right2bright on July 14, 2008 at 1:57 PM

+1

wccawa on July 14, 2008 at 2:17 PM

The video leads to Obama’s website. Anyone care to click on “Other” (amount) and put their two cents worth in, literally?

Steve Z on July 14, 2008 at 1:59 PM

I program the software that takes credit card payments for my firm…a .02 donation will cost them more than .02, so the site might not allow it…we require at least a $5 payment…but they are all hope! and change! so somebody ought to try to give them .02 of change and see what happens, then report back here in comments…

JustTruth101 on July 14, 2008 at 2:18 PM

I wouldn’t worry if I was Big O. You don’t have to advertise to get dead people to vote for you.

VolMagic on July 14, 2008 at 2:22 PM

Temporary lull. He is getting ready for his London, Paris, Berlin, West Bank, Iraq ‘ich bin ein EnglanderFrenchyBerlinerPalCompassionateCrusader speech. That, coupled with the DisneyOnIce rally at the Denver stadium and every piggybank in America will be broken open.

I do hope I’m soooooooooo wrong.

Limerick on July 14, 2008 at 2:32 PM

I would postulate the following:

1. A lot of people who gave to Obama during the primaries consider themselves to have already donated.

2. The Dem primaries were quite exciting, with elections happening nearly every week. The next election won’t be for 4 months, and so the excitement level is going to be much lower. Things will certainly pick up for Obama closer to the election, but he’s got to sustain strong fund raising over the summer to make up for bailing out of the public system.

3. McCain’s been laying low – his attacks on Obama have been pretty tame – and there are no 527s really active. This means the outrage-of-the-week fund raising letter from the Obama campaign is going to be pretty weak.

Clark1 on July 14, 2008 at 2:34 PM

we require at least a $5 payment…

JustTruth101 on July 14, 2008 at 2:18 PM

Isn’t requiring a minimum a violation?

http://www.mastercard.com/us/personal/en/contactus/merchantviolations.html

5.9.3 Minimum/Maximum Transaction Amount Prohibited
A Merchant must not require, or indicate that it requires, a minimum or maximum Transaction amount to accept a valid and properly presented Card.

Does that not apply to internet transactions?

pedestrian on July 14, 2008 at 2:38 PM

It’s the economy, stupid. Democrats are mostly broke and don’t have anymore to give. (And the big donors have already maxed out). Meanwhile, those of us who don’t rely on the gubmint to care for our every waking need are doing fine and still waiting to see who McCain picks as VP before deciding how motivated we are in November…

Texas Rainmaker on July 14, 2008 at 2:41 PM

pedestrian on July 14, 2008 at 2:38 PM

If your ‘products’ have a minimum $5 price then there is no violation.

Limerick on July 14, 2008 at 2:44 PM

BO last week agree with Bush to have FISA. That one vote will cost BO A LOT OF MONEY. His monthly will never be higher then $35 million because of that one vote. You do not allow the president to listen into people’s phone calls if you are a democrat. The crazy base might still vote for BO but they will not give money.

BroncosRock on July 14, 2008 at 2:45 PM

I tried to donate some calif cheese to go with their whine.

I guess the messiah is lacto intolerant

Mojack420 on July 14, 2008 at 2:45 PM

maybe his donors are strapped by $4.00/gal gas. You know that extra $20. or $50.00 just isn’t there anymore in the minds of the majority of the democratic base. while BHO might think $4.00/gal gas is a GODD think. It has wide ranging impacts.

unseen on July 14, 2008 at 2:46 PM

Well, the Obamunist raised $1.2 million yesterday in LA

Obama spent about 45 minutes at a $28,500 per person VIP reception, then spoke at a general reception, which cost $2,300 to attend. Both events were held at the Balboa Bay Club. The ticket prices matched the maximum allowable contributions to national party committees and candidates.

Emphasis mine. This was in Newport Beach which is considered a “Republican stronghold” by the media. Or at least that’s what they called it last night.

NTWR on July 14, 2008 at 2:50 PM

How about mailing in a Rubbing of a penny…. Now that’s the same kind of “change” BHO supporters can believe they’re in for.

Swinehound on July 14, 2008 at 2:53 PM

I guess the messiah is lacto intolerant
Mojack420 on July 14, 2008 at 2:45 PM

Hey! I’m lacto intolerant..
RACIST!!!!

saus on July 14, 2008 at 2:53 PM

Hey maybe if bride of chucky shumer hadn’t topedoed indymac some more of your grass “nut” roots would still have their money to donate to you…oh, but that’s okay, talk to uncle george soros…he’ll help.

PatriotPete on July 14, 2008 at 2:57 PM

Things you never thought you’d see: Obama’s campaign manager begs for money

WHY would anybody that can walk on water need money? Or, have the Messiah’s chickens finally come home to roost?

byteshredder on July 14, 2008 at 3:06 PM

The more the American public sees and hears from Barry O and wife, the less they want to see these two taking up residence in the White House.

AZCoyote on July 14, 2008 at 3:18 PM

I guess obama’s fundraising team doesn’t “Think Different.”

That’s a PC behind his shoulder!

Vincenzo on July 14, 2008 at 3:43 PM

AP,

Good to see you back, and thanks for the pw link. I’ve added an update addressing your exit/update questions.

Karl on July 14, 2008 at 3:44 PM

McCain…will spend all that money on untrue, negative ads…

Sure, and they won`t, right?

ThePrez on July 14, 2008 at 4:17 PM

Why would anyone (except a complete nutcase) give this total loser any money?

duff65 on July 14, 2008 at 4:35 PM

If you think Obama’s fundraising is gone for good instead of in a momentary lull, explain why.

Because it wasn’t a miracle. It was a freak occurrence.

Anything can only be new once. Obama got all his money back when his mindless minions actually believed the nonsense he was spouting. His shift of positions therefore was a double hit on his fund-raising machine.

Not only did the ‘roots decide to put their wallets away, but so did the hopers.

No there’s no getting it back for him either. You might as well wait for the revival of disco.

Some of us, um, were pointing out that this would happen to this “shrewd politician” a long, long time ago.

Typhoon on July 14, 2008 at 4:37 PM

after winning a key primary like Pennylavania.

Pennylavania? Is that one of Barack’s 57 states?

Kevin71 on July 14, 2008 at 4:45 PM

I’m telling you, Obama has so much money that they don’t know how to count it all. Seriously.

Seixon on July 14, 2008 at 4:55 PM

The money was coming from Republicans who wanted the lesser Democrat to win. Let him get all puffed up and full of himself.

Now he’s in, there’s no need to contribute more. Better now to contribute to McCain.

Watch for a surge in McCain’s fundraising.

Limpet6 on July 14, 2008 at 5:47 PM

Hillary has over spent 20,000,000 dollars and Obama’s money bag is begging for more money. They’ve tried the race card and that blew up in their face. Now it’s the class envy attack. If it wasn’t for hate the dims would not have any chance at all. “The Republicans will air three times the ads that are untrue.” Is there anybody on the face of the earth really that stupid? Last count 44% of the voters. OH!

volsense on July 14, 2008 at 5:56 PM

The BIG push was to defeat Hillary! Now all they hear is ‘contribute to retire Hillary’s! campaign fund’. That ain’t gonna happen. And because it ain’t gonna happen, the Clintons are going to be ‘busy’ somewhere else while the Obamassiah is shaking the trees for votes. Obama has also done some major flips that haven’t endeared him to the masses. He will come to reject public funding as his contributions continue to drop. People have other worries right now making ends meet. Like it or not, the ‘little people’ view political contributions as part of discretionary income. And they don’t have much of that left what with rising fuel and food costs.

GarandFan on July 14, 2008 at 5:58 PM