Obama still lying shamelessly about how important small donors were to his campaign

posted at 6:59 pm on April 23, 2010 by Allahpundit

And I do mean shamelessly. This myth was busted before the polls even opened on Election Day 2008, not only in big media but on websites like — ta da — Hot Air. Patterico chipped in with this guest post noting that, percentage-wise, both Bush and Kerry raised roughly as much money from small donors as Obama did. The One raised more money overall, of course, but he and his team have always pushed their small-donor numbers to the media as proof that Hopenchange is somehow a uniquely populist movement less beholden to well-funded special interests than the average campaign. It’s all part of the mystique, but it simply ain’t true and Politifact’s had about enough of it:

“In the 2008 campaign, you got a lot of money, about $1 million from employees of Goldman Sachs,” Harwood said. “Your former White House counsel Greg Craig is apparently going to represent Goldman Sachs. In light of this case, do either of those things embarrass you?”

“No,” Obama said. “First of all, I got a lot of money from a lot of people. And the vast majority of the money I got was from small donors all across the country. And moreover, anybody who gave me money during the course of my campaign knew that I was on record again in 2007, and 2008, pushing very strongly that we needed to reform how Wall Street did business. And so, nobody should be surprised in the position that I’m taking now because it is one that I was very clear about in the course of the campaign.”

What jumped out at us in this exchange was Obama’s statement, “the vast majority of the money I got was from small donors all across the country.” We’ve seen that statement repeated elsewhere, but the evidence doesn’t back it up…

In the general election, Obama got about 34 percent of his individual donations from small donors, people who gave $200 or less, according to a report from the Campaign Finance Institute. Another 23 percent of donations came from people who gave between $201 and $999, and another 42 percent from people who gave $1,000 or more.

His numbers for the primary were similar. He got about 30 percent of his money from donors who gave $200 or less. Another 28 percent of donations came from people who gave between $201 and $999, and 43 percent from people who gave $1,000 or more.

Patterico’s pointed headline when he first wrote about this was, “Obama would owe more favors than any president in history.” Something to mull, perhaps, in light of my last post. Be sure to read Nick Rizzuto’s post, too, chronicling the many media reports at the time of what Team Barry’s small-donor numbers actually were. It’s not like Obama thinks this information is secret and that he can get away with lying. He’s lying because he knows only one percent of people who hear the lie will ever stumble across a fact-check in the media. Audacious indeed.


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Maybe he means that the donors were mostly rich midgets.

exhelodrvr on April 23, 2010 at 7:01 PM

Obama is incapable of telling the truth. He is a man without shame and will do whatever he wants to do. The embodiment of anarchy.

Inanemergencydial on April 23, 2010 at 7:02 PM

Duh. Obama never tells the truth in public.

andy85719 on April 23, 2010 at 7:02 PM

What about all the money that came in form over seas via his website…?

Oh, wait!

Seven Percent Solution on April 23, 2010 at 7:04 PM

Of course, many of those small donors were foreigners abusing his purposely broken payment system…

ninjapirate on April 23, 2010 at 7:04 PM

Maybe he means that the donors were mostly rich midgets.

exhelodrvr on April 23, 2010 at 7:01 PM

Those are wealthy “little people”.

thomasaur on April 23, 2010 at 7:05 PM

Knowing the MSM will ignore the lies, why not tell more?

ROCnPhilly on April 23, 2010 at 7:06 PM

He’s lying because he knows only one percent of people who hear the lie will ever stumble across a fact-check in the media. Audacious indeed.

Well, that and the fact that his lap dogs in the media will never, ever challenge it.

AUINSC on April 23, 2010 at 7:07 PM

Hey save the internet bandwidth, everybody knows Obama and his regime lies about everything to get his way.

Next time Democrats should at least try to elect someone who pretends not to lie.

tarpon on April 23, 2010 at 7:08 PM

Historic liar…

d1carter on April 23, 2010 at 7:08 PM

Obama’s small donors = thousands of small checks from George Soros over Obama’s intentionally lax website.

American Elephant on April 23, 2010 at 7:09 PM

Unprecedented Lies.

portlandon on April 23, 2010 at 7:12 PM

Next time Democrats should at least try to elect someone who pretends not to lie.

tarpon on April 23, 2010 at 7:08 PM

Why? The “bald face lie” modus operandi has been working well.

ROCnPhilly on April 23, 2010 at 7:12 PM

Just how much was illegal- overlimit or foreign? This needs a treasury forensics exam–oh I forgot that would be turbo tim-nothing to see here, move along.

tim c on April 23, 2010 at 7:13 PM

Like salt poured on a slug. Pour the truth on Obama, and he reacts the same way.

capejasmine on April 23, 2010 at 7:13 PM

Lying? Unprecedented.

txag92 on April 23, 2010 at 7:15 PM

The emperor has no clothes shame.

hillbillyjim on April 23, 2010 at 7:16 PM

I had long hoped that if I had to meet the Anti-Christ at all, it would be upon my death and perhaps likely rejection at The Gate. Now, it seems, I must endure him in both lives.

TXUS on April 23, 2010 at 7:16 PM

Report Year One of Organizing for America

http://www.scribd.com/doc/25177202/Report-Year-One-of-Organizing-for-America-Melber

canopfor on April 23, 2010 at 7:16 PM

He had a lot of small donations with names like “Doodad Pro” who donated over and over again, without any limits, until it added up to big bucks, from faraway and exotic places where Obama goes to apologize for America.

Buy Danish on April 23, 2010 at 7:20 PM

Funny what deliberately disabling the Address Verification System can do …

BardMan on April 23, 2010 at 7:27 PM

Heres a fundraiser,for Thursday May 13th 2010
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Support the DCCC

http://www.scribd.com/doc/28927689/Obama

canopfor on April 23, 2010 at 7:29 PM

Let’s not forget undocumented, foreign donations.

Gee….. could that be why he’s trying to shove the Israelis around?

So many donors… So many people to please….

Cody1991 on April 23, 2010 at 7:33 PM

HA should start announcing when PBHO tells the truth, it would actually be shocking.

Bishop on April 23, 2010 at 7:37 PM

and who would call him account for this?

rob verdi on April 23, 2010 at 7:39 PM

Case Study of Affectiveness
The Barack Obama Campaign
===================================

http://www.scribd.com/doc/13660698/Obama-Campaign

canopfor on April 23, 2010 at 7:43 PM

B+ LIC

(Liar In Chief)

GrannyDee on April 23, 2010 at 7:45 PM

Why should he start telling the truth now?

yoda on April 23, 2010 at 7:47 PM

All the Bushies think he’s doing a “fine” job.

Laura and their “house slave” Condoleeza Rice (to quote the Libs)……

…..and even George H.W. Bush thinks Barry Soetero is doing a good job.

http://www.pointsoflight.org/press-releases/president-barack-obama-joins-former-president-george-hw-bush-celebrate-20th-anniversa

PappyD61 on April 23, 2010 at 7:50 PM

“No,” Obama said. “First of all, I got a lot of illegal money from a lot of people overseas”.

Correction.

Basilsbest on April 23, 2010 at 8:08 PM

Obama told a shameless lie. In other news, the Sun set in the West today and scientists released a new report showing that eggs is, in fact, eggs.

year_of_the_dingo on April 23, 2010 at 8:10 PM

He’s lying because he knows only one percent of people who hear the lie will ever stumble across a fact-check in the media. Audacious indeed.

He’s lying because he’s a liberal and he knows that the liberals who control the media won’t report it.

Basilsbest on April 23, 2010 at 8:14 PM

You would think that between this and the fact Andy Stern ran the SEIU into the red, liberals would wake up a little…you would think, but I doubt you will see it happen.

truetexan on April 23, 2010 at 8:28 PM

Obama will do what he wants and use his “skin color” to do it. He knows that Americans are running scared of being politically incorrect… advantage O. When does the race issue end? NEVER! It will always be part of our society… you cannot have diversity AND social harmony. FACT. Folks, we are on a downward spiral and it didn’t just happen over night. It has been years in the making. To reverse it, will take balls bigger than than the world trade center towers. Stand up! Speak out! Do not fear being called a racist! If you stand for American values, I am with you regardless of your skin color. I refuse to be swayed by “feel good” b/s from the left.

skeedro on April 23, 2010 at 8:32 PM

and who would call him account for this?

rob verdi on April 23, 2010 at 7:39 PM

The American People, and we really need to…

M-14 2go on April 23, 2010 at 8:36 PM

Out of curiosity, I looked up the campaign donations of some of my favorite actors. I checked 3 separate online donation reporting websites. I was surprised to find that not many gave at all or as in Joss Whedon’s case, gave large amounts not to the campaign but to the Inaugural Party fund. Is this some sort of dodge?

Blake on April 23, 2010 at 8:40 PM

He’s lying because he knows only one percent of people who hear the lie will ever stumble across a fact-check in the media. Audacious indeed.

Shame is indignant every day when it comes to this Pinocchio.

Such arrogance must be punished.

Schadenfreude on April 23, 2010 at 8:51 PM

You can ALWAYS tell when Barry is lying. His lips are moving.

GarandFan on April 23, 2010 at 8:51 PM

Out of curiosity, I looked up the campaign donations of some of my favorite actors. I checked 3 separate online donation reporting websites. I was surprised to find that not many gave at all or as in Joss Whedon’s case, gave large amounts not to the campaign but to the Inaugural Party fund. Is this some sort of dodge?

Blake on April 23, 2010 at 8:40 PM

You’re faves must be new, for all of Hollywood knows that life its self sprang from Obamas ass

M-14 2go on April 23, 2010 at 8:54 PM

You can ALWAYS tell when Barry is lying. His lips are moving.

GarandFan on April 23, 2010 at 8:51 PM

I seriously wonder if he’s ever really said anything truthful.

uknowmorethanme on April 23, 2010 at 8:59 PM

He’s lying because he knows only one percent of people who hear the lie will ever stumble across a fact-check in the media.

That statement is true for most of his statements.

meMC on April 23, 2010 at 9:44 PM

When has he ever lied to us shamefully?

TugboatPhil on April 23, 2010 at 10:50 PM

seriously wonder if he’s ever really said anything truthful. uknowmorethanme on April 23, 2010 at 8:59 PM

“We will fundamentally transform America.” Unfortunately he wasn’t lying about that.

indypat on April 23, 2010 at 11:04 PM

Maybe he meant it as to say “Small and petty people were absolutely crucial in bankrolling my campaign.”?

If that’s what he meant, then he’s right on the money.

SuperCool on April 23, 2010 at 11:29 PM

…’I got a lot of money…money that I got’…Has he ever heard of the word receive? He speaks so poorly when off the prompter that I want to cringe. He demonizes well,and creates some wonderful strawmen, though.

Kissmygrits on April 24, 2010 at 9:27 AM

You’re faves must be new, for all of Hollywood knows that life its self sprang from Obamas ass

M-14 2go on April 23, 2010 at 8:54 PM

No, they are not. And they are not young, either. But you reminded me how there is pressure to act and think “young” i.e., immature, in Hollywood. So, it may be explained by a possible subconscious effort to fit in.

Blake on April 24, 2010 at 10:52 AM

and who would call him account for this?

rob verdi on April 23, 2010 at 7:39 PM

The American People, and we really need to…

M-14 2go on April 23, 2010

The American People still get their news, largely, from the Obama-fellating MSM. Most of them don’t even know that they need to hold him to account or for what. How many still think this lousy economy and high unemployment is all Bush’s fault?

SKYFOX on April 24, 2010 at 11:07 AM

Obama’s election to this position in the United States Government, vividly displays that there is something drastically wrong with our election process, when someone with as secret and shallow a background can get elected.

Cybergeezer on April 25, 2010 at 3:07 PM