Obama to Congress: Fix that presidential campaign fund I won’t use

posted at 12:15 pm on January 26, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Two weeks ago, the White House announced that Barack Obama’s re-election campaign would open its doors in March to start raising funds for the 2012 campaign.  Obama intends on raising a billion dollars to win a second term, the Wall Street Journal reports, and that requires an early start.  So today’s message to Congress to fix the public financing system for presidential elections rings a tad bit hollow, to say the least:

The Obama administration issued a statement strongly opposing a House bill that would eliminate the public financing system for presidential primaries and campaigns, arguing the system must be “fixed rather than dismantled.”

Created in the aftermath of the Watergate scandal, the system is intended “to free the nation’s elections from the influence of corporations and other wealthy special interests,” the statement says. “It has done so at minimal cost to taxpayers, who fund it by voluntarily choosing to direct $3 of their federal taxes to this beneficial system.”

What a principled stand!  Why, what dastardly presidential candidate would willingly avoid the spending caps that keep “corporations and other wealthy special interests” from influencing presidential elections?  Er …

In the 2008 campaign, however, President Barack Obama opted out of the public financing system during the general election, becoming the first major-party candidate to do so. Instead, his campaign raised more than $1 billion in donations, a record-breaking haul that funded a successful 50-state strategy to win the White House.

At the time, Arizona Sen. John McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, accused Obama of reneging on his promise to publicly fund his campaign. But Obama’s campaign said it raised its money from millions of individual donors who contributed small amounts of cash.

It doesn’t appear that Obama wants to use it this year, either.  Let’s not forget that Obama has been President for over two years, and that his party had solid control of Congress during that period.  How many proposals has Obama sent to Capitol Hill to fix rather than dismantle the presidential campaign funding system?

Anyone?  Anyone?  Bueller?  Bueller?

Obama warns what dismantling the system would mean:

If the House bill passed, “its effect would be to expand the power of corporations and special interests in the nation’s elections; to force many candidates into an endless cycle of fundraising at the expense of engagement with voters on the issues; and to place a premium on access to large-donor or special-interest support, narrowing the field of otherwise worthy candidates,” according to the statement.

You know, he’s right!  We might have a President who tells his opposition that they should wait until 2012 to campaign while launching his own re-election bid ten months earlier, and have a President who appoints crony CEOs to window-dressing economic policy boards.  Perish the thought!

If Obama wants to save the system, then he should publicly commit to staying within it in 2012 and disband his fundraising apparatus forthwith, and propose an actual “fix.”  Otherwise, he should keep his mouth shut.


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More Castro/Chavez like by the day.

abobo on January 26, 2011 at 12:17 PM

I remember the phone banks in the Middle East. What a traitor.

SirGawain on January 26, 2011 at 12:18 PM

Obama will commit to Obama and that’s about it. How did such a phony, empty suit ever, ever, ever fool enough people into putting him into the WH–and he’s trying to do it again.

jeanie on January 26, 2011 at 12:21 PM

Anything at all about requiring tighter security oversight on credit card campaign donations by private individuals? Ah, I thought not.

a capella on January 26, 2011 at 12:21 PM

In fairness though, PBHO never really stopped campaigning once he took office.

I hear that Doodad Pro, Fat Albert, Sam Francisco, Ding-a-ling-a-bing-bong, and the entire Dallas Cowboys offensive line have already contributed to PBHO again, just as they did in 2008. PBHO is an incredible money-gathering machine.

Bishop on January 26, 2011 at 12:22 PM

I’m not even surprised at the unthinking hypocrisy anymore. The guy has to believe that we are all mushrooms that need to be kept in the dark and fed a steady supply of BS.

Mord on January 26, 2011 at 12:22 PM

Perfect headline Ed

cmsinaz on January 26, 2011 at 12:22 PM

How many proposals has Obama sent to Capitol Hill to fix rather than dismantle the presidential campaign funding system?

Only an egg sucking dog attempt to embarrass the supreme court.

fourdeucer on January 26, 2011 at 12:23 PM

Spot on analysis Ed

cmsinaz on January 26, 2011 at 12:25 PM

Does anyone actually believe anything Dear Liar says anymore?

rbj on January 26, 2011 at 12:26 PM

I hear that Doodad Pro, Fat Albert, Sam Francisco, Ding-a-ling-a-bing-bong, and the entire Dallas Cowboys offensive line have already contributed to PBHO again, just as they did in 2008. PBHO is an incredible money-gathering machine.

Bishop on January 26, 2011 at 12:22 PM

Hey, Soros just claimed to be an evil genius, not an evil genius who is also good at creating clever fake names to attach his donations to.

Kataklysmic on January 26, 2011 at 12:26 PM

Terd.

Akzed on January 26, 2011 at 12:28 PM

And who can forget this guy who donated to PBHO, whom I believe is related to crr6:

“Mr. Family Guy” who apparently lives at 128 KilltheJewsAlley, Gaza, Georgia.

Interestingly enough, Mr. Family Guy used the same visa gift card to donate as two other people did, Mr.’s King Kong and Bart Simpson.

Bishop on January 26, 2011 at 12:28 PM

Otherwise, he should keep his mouth shut.

Impossible, he just keeps on talking. Every minute, every hour, every day. On Fox news now. Talking, telling us what to do, eat, think, etc.

VegasRick on January 26, 2011 at 12:29 PM

That picture of bho makes him look like he has chew under the lower lip.
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letget on January 26, 2011 at 12:31 PM

a President who appoints crony CEOs to window-dressing economic policy boards. Perish the thought!
If Obama wants to save the system, then he should publicly commit to staying within it in 2012 and disband his fundraising apparatus forthwith, and propose an actual “fix.” Otherwise, he should keep his mouth shut.

Hmmmmm! Pretty strong. Another look at Ed!

Vince on January 26, 2011 at 12:33 PM

Pot. Kettle. Black.

’nuff said.

madmonkphotog on January 26, 2011 at 12:37 PM

The GOP should agree to keep if obama agrees to stay within it only

ConservativePartyNow on January 26, 2011 at 12:39 PM

Good gracious, this man cannot win another presidential election.

englishqueen01 on January 26, 2011 at 12:41 PM

Why is the phrase “pie hole” suddenly coming to mind?

pain train on January 26, 2011 at 12:44 PM

Didn’t the Stimulus package provide plenty of money for the presidential campaign fund? And don’t we have already Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr. in charge of that? What needs to be fixed?

steebo77 on January 26, 2011 at 12:47 PM

Otherwise, he should keep his mouth shut.

Yea, put up or shut your pie hole, Mr. President!

scalleywag on January 26, 2011 at 12:48 PM

If Obama wants to save the system, then he should publicly commit to staying within it in

WHAT?

And give up all those ILLEGAL foreign campaign contributions?

GarandFan on January 26, 2011 at 12:52 PM

Does anyone actually believe anything Dear Liar says anymore?

rbj on January 26, 2011 at 12:26 PM

Of course. The idiots who voted for him.

The more intelligent of them would rather be waterboarded than admit they were fooled by this guy.

Del Dolemonte on January 26, 2011 at 12:52 PM

Of course. The idiots who voted for him.

The more intelligent of them would rather be waterboarded than admit they were fooled by this guy.

Del Dolemonte on January 26, 2011 at 12:52 PM

this

cmsinaz on January 26, 2011 at 12:55 PM

Ok, so he needed a billion on his first time out, because…well, he was a new comer to all of it. But the 2nd time around? He’s in the fight for his life, and he knows it. So whatever demeans his opponent, and propels him…he’ll do. No matter how hypocritical.

He won’t mind the criticism for it, because for every critic, he has what seems to be 1 to 3 out there, that make excuses for him.

Especially the media. He’s their child, and they treat him that way. So it stands to reason, more, and more are coming to see him as a child too.

capejasmine on January 26, 2011 at 1:08 PM

Does he want to raise a billion dollars for his 2012 campaign because he KNOWS it’s going to cost soooo much more than the $800k he spent last time to hide all he needs to keep hidden this time?

roxi618 on January 26, 2011 at 1:13 PM

Im a little confused, he is “Starting” his 2012 campaign? I was under the impression that kicked off two years ago.
As a side note, I was a little shocked at the use of the militant term “campaign”, I am also curious as to what they will term the “war chest” for funds now that all pugilistic rhetoric is to be taken off the table.

Koa on January 26, 2011 at 1:29 PM

Its going to be a shame with all that money and can’t get on the ballot in several states because of no Birth Certificate.

BruceB on January 26, 2011 at 1:50 PM

I’m not all that big on expanding new laws, but this really ought to be simpler …

Wouldn’t it be a relief if everybody, and I mean everybody including BHO or any incumbent president of any party, was forced by law to use only the presidential campaign fund?

I know you’ll all do it anyway, but correct me if, or tell me how, I’m wrong.

marybel on January 26, 2011 at 2:01 PM

At the time, Arizona Sen. John McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, accused Obama of reneging on his promise to publicly fund his campaign

Well, we all know how much Obama honors his promises. Good thing he managed to close down Gitmo and keep unemployment below 8%, otherwise I don’t think any of his promises would have been kept.

Scrappy on January 26, 2011 at 2:10 PM

I thought that the Campaign Fund was funded by “millions of individual donors giving small amounts of cash”. But, like all Government programs — it was many dollars short of the amount needed to win a campaign.

Time to get rid of that minor cost to our Federal Government.

unclesmrgol on January 26, 2011 at 2:47 PM

Created in the aftermath of the Watergate scandal, the system is intended “to free the nation’s elections from the influence of corporations and other wealthy special interests,”

Can someone explain to me what the “influence of corporations” had to do with Watergate? How about “wealthy special interests”? I thought it was a third rate burglary of the DNC headquarters, not about some company like Immelt’s GE looking to get favorable treatment from the Feds because of their “green” initiatives.

Buy Danish on January 26, 2011 at 3:27 PM

Frankly, the GOP should offer to replace the $3 checkbox for the public election financing with a similar checkbox for the purpose of retiring the federal debt.

thirtypundit on January 26, 2011 at 3:56 PM

I would be impressed if this liar in chief fixed his campaign website for real verification and authentication of the credit cards so he doesn’t receive funds from overseas like he did in the last campaign. But we know he won’t do that and he won’t be called out by the a$$kissing media for the fraudulently collected campaign cash.

karenhasfreedom on January 26, 2011 at 5:55 PM

I wish we could muzzle Obama right now but it will have to wait until 2012. “Muzzle The One in 2012!”

Boy do I like Rand Paul’s idea of decimating the numbers of the bloated bureaucracy! Honey! I shrank the kids! sounds great to me. And that Ryan fellow!! Now we’re talking!!

The government must be gutted to the size intended by the Constitution to put the guts back where they belong: The United States of America.

Sherman1864 on January 26, 2011 at 6:10 PM