Report: Obama outspends all his GOP rivals combined

posted at 1:20 pm on March 29, 2012 by Tina Korbe

Just in case Republicans need a reminder of the kind of organization the eventual GOP nominee will face in the general election this fall, the Associated Press reports today that, even without comparable travel expenses, Barack Obama has outspent all his GOP presidential rivals combined:

Obama, who faces no serious challenger for the Democratic nomination, has sunk his cash into an expansive brick-and-mortar operation with offices in nearly every state. His campaign has spent more than $135 million on operations through February, according to an Associated Press analysis of Federal Election Commission records. That’s about $3 million more than all his GOP challengers combined. …

A review of Obama’s balance sheets reveals a small army of paid staffers trying to help the Democratic president win a second term. Campaign filings list more than 330 paid staffers in Chicago and 200 more spread across the country – payroll costs that exceed $6.3 million during the last two months alone.

The numbers also suggest signs of stress.

Obama’s team has spent more than $7 million since January on fundraising-related expenses like postage, printing and telemarketing, in some cases to contact the same kind of low-dollar donors who supported Obama four years ago. The campaign also spent millions more on expenses like online advertising and consulting, which in some cases can be tied to fundraising.

With offices in nearly every state, the campaign also faces rising overhead. Through the first two months of the year, Obama spent approximately $1.1 million on computer equipment, $435,000 in rent and utilities, $305,000 on telephones, and $19,000 on office supplies, federal filings show.

Compare Obama’s more than 500 staffers with Mitt Romney’s 100, his $435,000 in rent to Romney’s $180,000 (or Rick Santorum’s $19,000) and it becomes apparent that Obama really has assembled a machine. Illinois Republican Rep. Aaron Schock cited Romney’s campaign organization as a reason to support the former Massachusetts governor, and, in light of information about Obama’s campaign, that doesn’t ring hollow. All the correct arguments in the world won’t win an election if no apparatus is in place to disseminate them. Should the Supreme Court decide the Obamacare individual mandate is unconstitutional, the argument against Romney wanes, as his most vulnerable issue would be off the table. At that point, conservatives could be justified for finding themselves suddenly excited by Romney’s impressive prep work and obvious determination to be both the GOP nominee and the president.


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Steveangell on March 29, 2012 at 1:59 PM

What did he do?

INC on March 29, 2012 at 2:14 PM

I know he had issues with kosher meals for retirement homes.

DDay on March 29, 2012 at 2:23 PM

I’m sure we’ll learn all about it, once he locks up the Nomination officially.

Buckshot Bill on March 29, 2012 at 2:26 PM

President Whistle-all-the-time…..hates profit, unless…

….It’s GOVERNMENT PROFIT!!!!

PappyD61 on March 29, 2012 at 2:28 PM

Campaign filings list more than 330 paid staffers in Chicago

Well, that’s a lot of fulfilled favors.

I know, I know, Illinois is a battleground state, so I can see why he would need to “staff up” in Chicago.

I wonder if the rubes who have donations made in their name even know that their money is spent providing handouts for someone’s cousin’s brother’s former roomate in Chicago.

reaganaut on March 29, 2012 at 2:28 PM

Hey, it costs a lot of money to bring dead people back to life and pay for that expensive diesel to bus them to the polls.

moo on March 29, 2012 at 2:28 PM

If Obama is spending that much against a still split GOP to barely be outside of the MOE against Mittens on RCP average, pre-gas spike and ObamaCare judgement, he’s in big trouble.

Chuck Schick on March 29, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Kennie, real Americans don’t move; they starve you and they fight.

Schadenfreude on March 29, 2012 at 2:34 PM

If Obama is spending that much against a still split GOP to barely be outside of the MOE against Mittens on RCP average, pre-gas spike and ObamaCare judgement, he’s in big trouble.

Chuck Schick on March 29, 2012 at 2:32 PM

The MSM is still his Ace in the hole!

KOOLAID2 on March 29, 2012 at 2:36 PM

Steveangell on March 29, 2012 at 1:59 PM

What did he do?

INC on March 29, 2012 at 2:14 PM

I know he had issues with kosher meals for retirement homes.

DDay on March 29, 2012 at 2:23 PM

There was a flap about posthumous conversions to Mormonism being done on Jewish Holocaust victims that drove a whole bunch of rabbis nuts. Whether Romney had anything to do with that, I have no idea.

smellthecoffee on March 29, 2012 at 2:41 PM

as they say, nothing personal mr obama

you do a lousy job as president, you divide the country and try to pit so many groups of us against other groups of us.
your spending is un coherent and dangerous.
your wife says living in the white house is hell.
your yourself have a ton of money now and no longer need to do anything but speak for fees to feed your ego after you are not the president.
you are spending more than all your rivals for this job.

WHY

WHY

WHY

I am sorry sir but in my opinion you are trying to neuter us a a world power and turn us into a big France.

This is why I won’t vote for your re-election and also feel you should not seek re-election.

A humble American.

losarkos on March 29, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Should the Supreme Court decide the Obamacare individual mandate is unconstitutional, the argument against Romney wanes, as his most vulnerable issue would be off the table. At that point, conservatives could be justified for finding themselves suddenly excited by Romney’s impressive prep work and obvious determination to be both the GOP nominee and the president.

Nice hedge to cover all the recent posts suggesting it’s a-okay for Santorum to stay in despite the mathematical impossibility of him winning the nom. We don’t need to wait for the Supremes to rule. This can go to the end of April but at that point it will be time for Santorum and Newt to step aside. All they are doing by playing this Palin-inspired Brokered Convention Game is forcing Romney to waste resources and curtail his ability to focus solely on Obama.

Buy Danish on March 29, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Romney is not a saint, he moght not be conservative enough for some of us, but he is a good man, with honor.

I will vote for this man.

A humble American.

losarkos on March 29, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Steveangell on March 29, 2012 at 1:59 PM

What did he do?

INC on March 29, 2012 at 2:14 PM

I know he had issues with kosher meals for retirement homes.

DDay on March 29, 2012 at 2:23 PM

No Kosher for jews they got Muslim food instead that was still fine with Mitt.

No Jewish Adoption Agencies.

No Jewish anything except church. Even the Church could not serve Kosher food only. But no Jewish outreach allowed period. Thrift stores or anything. No Jewish Hospitals.

Steveangell on March 29, 2012 at 2:54 PM

This is not a big deal.

The flood gates will open to the GOP nominee once the nominee is decided.

I have no doubt.

It would be great for someone to show a comprehensive list of where our donations would be the most effective. What (super)pacs are legite, is it better to give directly to [insert nominee name here), etc.

so-notbuyingit on March 29, 2012 at 2:55 PM

Misleading. Romney gets a lot of big donors who are maxed out at 2,500 and donate a lot more to his super-pac. By all accounts, Obama’s super-pac has not gotten a lot of cash.

Just because Romney cant use that money to pay for rent and stamps, doesn’t mean he doesn’t have the money he needs.

And dont forget the other super-pac’s, which also favor republicans, like American Crossroads, etc.., which are collecting cash and will blister Obama with negative ad’s in swing states come late September.

2 other points:

1. Obama’s haul is impressive, but he is well below what he was getting in 2008 (and even less when you factor Democratic money that was going to Hilary).

2. Obama has done nothing but fundraise, while Romney has had to campaign. Once Romney is the nominee, his numbers will quickly shoot up. I know many people who have not given a lot to Romney yet, but who plan to once he is the nominee.

milcus on March 29, 2012 at 2:56 PM

I forgot, 2016 will be Hillary’s turn. I’d move if I was a Real American!

KeninCT on March 29, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Thanks for admitting you’re not one.

BTW, in 2016 Hillary will be 69, which is almost as old as McCain was when he ran in 2008.

Are you sure you want an old hag as the Leader of your Party?

Del Dolemonte on March 29, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Obama outspends all his GOP rivals combined

And every dime of his supporters money will ultimately be wasted. Flushed away just like his Presidency. It will mean nothing in the end.

HotAirian on March 29, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Romney is not a saint, he moght not be conservative enough for some of us, but he is a good man, with honor.

I will vote for this man.

A humble American.

losarkos on March 29, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Why.

Because he stayed married, served a mission when 20, paid his tithing?

Sorry but that business in Vulture Capitalism that became so toxic that no one does it anymore is evil. So you can not mean that.

I know he gave his inhertance from George Romney 100% to BYU. That must make him a Saint.

Sorry but the LDS church does NOT believe you can buy your way into heaven though you can buy your way into the temple if you are willing to lie your way through the two interviews and attend church regularly.

None of this excuses what he did to religions in Mass. He drove them out of everything connected to government which is almost everything these days. He increased government control of every thing possible. He appointed people that implemented Gay Marriage and free abortions for the poor and sometimes championed these but never was critical of them when it counted.

Sure Mitt could repent all can. I just see no evidence of it for Mitt. Is he going to Hell. Only God can judge that but to me he is a very evil man. To consistently make easily provable lies in Presidential debates is hard to excuse.

Steveangell on March 29, 2012 at 3:03 PM

Romney is not a saint, he moght not be conservative enough for some of us, but he is a good man, with honor.

I will vote for this man.

A humble American.

Best laugh of the day!

…… uh you were being funny right?

lm10001 on March 29, 2012 at 3:04 PM

ObamaRomney outspends all his GOP rivals combined

And every dime of his supporters money will ultimately be wasted. Flushed away just like his PresidencyCampaign. It will mean nothing in the end.

HotAirian on March 29, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Because Obama will outspend Mitt 100:1 including the 100% free biased Media. Obama will out lie Romney while Romneys lies will be destroyed by the Media every time. Come election Obama will appear to every one voting the far more conservative choice. Becuase it will be easy for Obama to seem more Conservative than Mitt because Mitt’s record in Mass is far more liberal than Obamas as President.

By election many of Mitts supporters will no longer support him. Most have no idea about Mitts actual record. Come election it will be very clear to every American.

All hale Obama President. 350 EC Votes. Brought to you by Mitt 2012.

Steveangell on March 29, 2012 at 3:11 PM

Obama is toast. On a stick. Over an oil fire.

Seriously, do you know anyone, can you even imagine anyone, that didn’t vote for Obama in ’08 that plans to now. He’s bleeding voters and donors- none of whom will ever admit it publicly. Which makes the polls -especially those now- meaningless. After the nomination is secured, the polls will very slowly begin to tick upward for the R candidate. They may not ever break even.

And then… a Reaganuclear blowout, the only negative to which will be the very ugly, LSM-abetted, ‘Blacklash’.

M240H on March 29, 2012 at 3:14 PM

President ‘Open Mic’ has spent more than Mitt? Mitt has outspent all of his R opponents. He should save some for the general since he’s so inevitable.

Kissmygrits on March 29, 2012 at 3:14 PM

Are you saying Obama was for something before he was against?

liberal4life on March 29, 2012 at 1:31 PM

I can’t think of much that Obama has actually been “for”, other than himself.

Oh, wait… he let his kids have a dog. So I guess he’s “for” his kids too, sometimes.

(assuming they’re his kids… I don’t think Andrew Sullivan has gotten proof of that, yet)

malclave on March 29, 2012 at 3:19 PM

Sorry but that business in Vulture Capitalism that became so toxic that no one does it anymore is evil. So you can not mean that.

Steveangell on March 29, 2012 at 3:03 PM

I stopped reading here, but I just want to clarify.

There are plenty of businesses that still do what Romney did. And there is a lot of money in it.

Here’s a hint, google KKR and see what comes up. It might come as a shock, I know.

milcus on March 29, 2012 at 3:20 PM

Obama’s more than 500 staffers

That can’t be right.

Are you counting his entire campaign operation, like the print and TV media outlets?

malclave on March 29, 2012 at 3:23 PM

Domination.

KeninCT on March 29, 2012 at 1:23 PM

..are you making a political statement, Kenny, or trolling for a kinky girl friend?

The War Planner on March 29, 2012 at 3:34 PM

Should the Supreme Court decide the Obamacare individual mandate is unconstitutional, the argument against Romney wanes, as his most vulnerable issue would be off the table.

Off the table? Not hardly. If Obamacare goes down, Romney gets to campaign on knowing more about the United States Constitution than the “Constitutional law professor” from Chicago with the missing college records!

Rational Thought on March 29, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Here’s a hint, google KKR and see what comes up. It might come as a shock, I know.

milcus on March 29, 2012 at 3:20 PM

I do not feel Romney left the companies better off than he found them for the most part. Vulture Capatialism was mostly ended and what KKR does not is not what Mitt did. We need KKR a company that holds on to companies far longer than Mitt did. But this would lead into a debate so.

I still feel it was a very stupid attack on Romney. But it had merit it was just hard to explain. But in my opinion what he did was evil not good. Certainly not Christ like or saintly. Point I was trying to make.

Steveangell on March 29, 2012 at 4:02 PM

Report: Obama outspends all his GOP rivals combined

Being an Affirmative Action President is EXPENSIVE for everyone!

Roy Rogers on March 29, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Becuase it will be easy for Obama to seem more Conservative than Mitt because Mitt’s record in Mass is far more liberal than Obamas as President.

Steveangell on March 29, 2012 at 3:11 PM

Mitt sold out Massachussetts to those Russian b@stards?

Roy Rogers on March 29, 2012 at 4:07 PM

He spent all that money because he has true grass roots support. The best tax payers can buy.

Grunt on March 29, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Off the table? Not hardly. If Obamacare goes down, Romney gets to campaign on knowing more about the United States Constitution than the “Constitutional law professor” from Chicago with the missing college records!

Rational Thought on March 29, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Yes just how the Press will report it.

Guarantee by the time the press gets done with Romney he will appear as the furthest left leaning politician ever to enter into politics. Mitt will be portrayed as a wan a be Hitler at the best. Obama portrayed as the one to save us from the Dictator Romney.

Steveangell on March 29, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Not shocking. If the GOP had some smarts, someone might want to double check where Obama’s money fountain is coming from.
Campaigning and Michelle’s world tour are getting expensive.

BakerAllie on March 29, 2012 at 4:18 PM

I do not feel Romney left the companies better off than he found them for the most part. Vulture Capatialism was mostly ended and what KKR does not is not what Mitt did. We need KKR a company that holds on to companies far longer than Mitt did. But this would lead into a debate so.

I still feel it was a very stupid attack on Romney. But it had merit it was just hard to explain. But in my opinion what he did was evil not good. Certainly not Christ like or saintly. Point I was trying to make.

Steveangell on March 29, 2012 at 4:02 PM

Companies like Bain serve a valuable function, and one that is entirely legal.

And KKR specializes in LBO’s, as do many other Private Equity firms. They might hold onto companies longer, but the underlying principal is the same.

And, yes, trying to explain what KKR does to the general population, 80% of whom cant name the Vice President, is as likely as a unicorn knocking on Obama’s door within the next 90 seconds. That is why is was a bad line of attack.

My point was simply that LBO’s are still alive and well, and powerful PE firms are still doing it today.

milcus on March 29, 2012 at 4:21 PM

I forgot, 2016 will be Hillary’s turn. I’d move if I was a Real American!

KeninCT on March 29, 2012 at 2:16 PM

As a 39 year old man who lives in his mother’s house, I’ll bet strong women give you a semi!

Chuck Schick on March 29, 2012 at 4:23 PM

I’m too busy to read everything; Do they count all the trips on the taxpayer dime that he claims are official business but really are only campaign events, or are they counting just the money that his idiotic and/or corrupt donors give him?

LegendHasIt on March 29, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Obumbo has at least a $Trillion at his disposal: from green “stimulus” kickbacks, fascist (increased cost of goods and services) capitalist donors, payoffs to keep increased regulations to a minimum if possible, Union thugs’ donations, millions of leftists (Marxists, Progressives, Communists, Socialists, Hollywood, foreign donations hidden in PACs, and almost all Media people) donating, and that’s all before he gets to campaign on the people’s dime as the POTUS. If money wins elections as the political elites believe, the GOP doesn’t have a chance.

aposematic on March 29, 2012 at 5:00 PM

It’s no surprise that Zero has outspent all the GOP contenders, but it doesn’t matter.

Mr. Flexible is all washed up. People know he’s a creep and only the rabid moonbats will vote for him.

dogsoldier on March 29, 2012 at 5:15 PM

What it means is we aren’t going to win on the money front. We need a candidate who inspires. This is why Mitt would lose. We need someone else to emerge from the convention.

alwaysfiredup on March 29, 2012 at 5:17 PM

This should be a real alarm people. Floor fight narrative is death and 4 more years of O and his new flexibility.

rubberneck on March 29, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Report: Obama outspends all his GOP rivals combined

It’s okay … really – the GOP has a magic etch-a-sketch!!

HondaV65 on March 29, 2012 at 5:26 PM

This should be a real alarm people. Floor fight narrative is death and 4 more years of O and his new flexibility.

rubberneck on March 29, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Typical willardbot … you got absolutely no reasons for us to vote for Willard.

Just vote “against” Obama.

Hey GOP – how about giving us a guy we want to vote FOR??

HondaV65 on March 29, 2012 at 5:27 PM

I hope Sketchy goes BROKE with his effort to fool the American people.

He hasn’t got enough money to buy my active support, nor my vote. Multiply that by the number of real Conservatives in America and you will easily see why he won’t win.

Liberal politicians work towards the effort of controlling the people. Real Americans work to keep their freedoms.

DannoJyd on March 29, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Typical willardbot … you got absolutely no reasons for us to vote for Willard.

Just vote “against” Obama.

HondaV65 on March 29, 2012 at 5:27 PM

..to be perfectly fair, you’re not looking for one — only an opportunity to kvetch.

The War Planner on March 29, 2012 at 5:58 PM

If Romney would reach out to Sarah Palin, it might make all the difference. He shouldn’t be so afraid to. I would love to hear him give one of her speeches.

mike_NC9 on March 29, 2012 at 5:59 PM

Amazing. And does so without even paying a fraction of what the Air Force One and traveling security circus that accompanies his photo op jaunts to solar farms in NV and pipe stacks in OK. TWO 747s, SIX helicopters, a handful of C-17s transporting scores of vehicles, TWO monster limos, carrying refueling trucks with tested and sealed fuel for the 747s. HUNDREDS of personnel. For photo ops for the Obama campaign.
And at the most the campaign pays business class airfare for key staff.

rayra on March 29, 2012 at 6:25 PM

He spent all that money because he has true grass roots support.

Grunt on March 29, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Obama provides only the best quality cow manure to help his grass roots grow.

malclave on March 29, 2012 at 7:05 PM

Here’s the problem.

He’s spending more than all his opponents combined, even though he hasn’t raised all THAT much more money than his opponents. Oh sure, he’s raised a lot of money, but from what I’ve read its been like pulling teeth for him to get it.

Romney on the other hand, is getting donations a lot more easily at this point. On top of that, he’s spending quite a bit less, less than he was even a month ago. If he can continue to step up fundraising while saving money for the general, he may actually be able to come fairly close to Obama in terms of money spent during the actual general election.

Incidentally, the supreme court case has largely been why I’ve ignored Romneys weakness on the mandate. Either the court would/will strike it down, and take the issue off the table, or they’ll uphold it. If its the latter, than we have a much MUCH bigger problem than a nominee being a little squishy on the issue.

WolvenOne on March 29, 2012 at 7:45 PM

That’s good that he is spending so much, and he is still so low in the polls. That is very, very good.

Sterling Holobyte on March 29, 2012 at 9:06 PM

Report: Obama outspends all his GOP rivals combined

No news there. But he’s still going down next November — in Jimmy Carter proportions. The MSM cannot visualize it yet, just as Chrissy Matthews cannot grasp how and why ObamaCare is a direct assault on fundamental Constitutional principles that protect the God-given rights of individual citizens. But once again, The People of America will surprise the self-appointed gatekeepers of our Culture.

minnesoter on March 30, 2012 at 12:22 AM

Doomberg: “The problem is Romney is relying entirely on money and money alone to defeat his much weaker GOP opponents. This strategy is not going to work against Obama unless Romney can outspend the Democrats and can drive Obama’s favorability ratings down, both of which I find unlikely.”

I agree.

Doomberg: “It’s great that Romney has an organization, but just throwing money at a problem isn’t going to solve anything, and I’ve seen nothing else from this campaign to indicate they have any other ideas about how to win.”

The silver lining of that cloud is that money won’t solve everything for Obama either.

David Blue on March 30, 2012 at 5:10 AM

WolvenOne: “Incidentally, the supreme court case has largely been why I’ve ignored Romneys weakness on the mandate. Either the court would/will strike it down, and take the issue off the table, or they’ll uphold it. If its the latter, than we have a much MUCH bigger problem than a nominee being a little squishy on the issue.”

Good thinking. If the federal legislature can do that, it can do anything. And if the federal legislature can do anything, in the long run it will, whether it’s Democrat or Republican. A President Sweater-Vest wouldn’t be able to stop it, and President Etch-A-Sketch wouldn’t make it any worse.

David Blue on March 30, 2012 at 5:16 AM

LegendHasIt; “I’m too busy to read everything; Do they count all the trips on the taxpayer dime that he claims are official business but really are only campaign events, or are they counting just the money that his idiotic and/or corrupt donors give him?”

The latter. This is all new spending.

This is the part that made me smile:

“Of $29.5 million spent on operations since the start of the year, at least one-quarter has gone to fundraising-related expenses like postage, printing and telemarketing – an attempt to attract grass-roots donors who supported then-Sen. Obama four years ago. The campaign spent millions more on expenses like online advertising and consulting, which can be tied to fundraising.”

They’re spending money to bring in more money. But that’s based on a false assumption.

Here’s the part not to smile about. All that vote-buying Obama has been doing from the Stimulus on has been financed with debt, and the debt is wrecking the economy. So there’s not a lot of potential small donors out there who have lots of free money to send in to the Obama campaign.

Obama has three sources of strength.
1. He’s President Goldman Sachs. Those guys do have lots of spare money, and he has let them loot America. They’ll pay for a longer run of free looting, which he’ll give them if re-elected.
2. Free mass media. The mass media in America is completely biased.
3. Minorities will vote for Obama no matter what. Samuel L. Jackson told the truth: it’s all about whether you look like them.

That’s a powerful coalition. But given that Obama has kept the bad economy bad, he can’t expand beyond it.

He can spend all the money he likes setting up phone banks to bring in spare dollars from minorities. Thanks in part to him, they don’t have spare dollars.

David Blue on March 30, 2012 at 5:45 AM

aposematic: “If money wins elections as the political elites believe, the GOP doesn’t have a chance.”

Ultimately it’s demographics that win elections.

If mass immigration continues, including illegal immigration, there will come a time in the next few decades when a candidate like Obama can’t lose, just because of his skin, and candidates like Santorum and Romney won’t have a prayer, for the same reason.

As Aragorn said to his troops: “But it is not this day!”

David Blue on March 30, 2012 at 5:51 AM

Well, then, tell Rick “Santomonious” Santorum to get the hell out of the way. Time to leave the stage, Ricko.

Remember When:

” in 2009, when Obama admonished corporations using federal bailout money: “You can’t go take a trip to Las Vegas or go down to the Super Bowl on the taxpayer’s dime.” A year later, Obama warned families against gambling away college tuition: “You don’t blow a bunch of cash in Vegas when you’re trying to save for college.”

http://www.boston.com/news/politics/articles/2011/10/24/sin_city_fumes_over_obamas_anti_tourism_rant/

That was then, this is now:

Michelle Obama and the daughters go to Vegas on Taxpayer’s Dime:

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/03/the-obama-women-are-in-vegas/

mountainaires on March 30, 2012 at 9:04 AM

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