Obama’s big fundraising night

posted at 12:31 pm on April 6, 2012 by Tina Korbe

March job creation might be down, but Barack Obama’s fundraising numbers are up. The incumbent president hauled in $1.5 million in three hours at a pair of lavish fundraisers last night.

At the first of the Obama two fundraisers, twenty donors paid $40,000 a piece for an intimate closed-press meeting with the president. Shortly thereafter, the president crossed town for a larger fundraiser where some 250 people chipped in $2,500 a piece. In total, the president raised around $1.425 million for a joint fundraising committee fun by his campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

The president raised some $45 million in February, $29.1 million in January, and $68 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. The amounts have enabled the president to rapidly deploy his reelection team; according to Federal Election Commission reports, Obama has already spent more than $135 million on his campaign, $3 million more than the entire Republican field combined.

Obama justified his flip-flop on Super PACs by saying he couldn’t afford to “unilaterally disarm” in the face of frightening GOP funds (actually, his campaign manager said that for him, but you understand). Not exactly sure what he was worried about — his campaign has been and remains ahead of Mitt Romney’s in fundraising — but the important point is, he still professes to object to campaigns and elections dominated by dollars. How does he justify spending $3 million more than the entire Republican field combined before the general election even begins, then? He already enjoys increased visibility as president and the chance to campaign on the taxpayers’ dime. (Remember him shilling for the American Jobs Act, anyone? How about his recent speech attacking Paul Ryan?) The president’s hypocrisy on campaign finance becomes more blatant with every over-the-top fundraiser that gives access only to superrich donors. Not even the savvy optics of his grassroots fundraising efforts can disguise that this is a president who knows he can’t run on his record and plans to rely instead on a well-funded, well-organized campaign to razzle dazzle voters. How will we hear the truth above the roar?

Unfortunately for Obama, the Republican National Committee is ready to remove the sequins from voters’ eyes. Truth will out.


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“Flip-flopper” — liberal4life

Schadenfreude on April 6, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Nice to see POTUS mingling with and staying in touch with the regular folks…

av8tr on April 6, 2012 at 12:34 PM

He needs to get re-elected. He’s got a lot of work yet to do.

a capella on April 6, 2012 at 12:35 PM

The 1%.

Good Lt on April 6, 2012 at 12:36 PM

That million dollar smile!

DrStock on April 6, 2012 at 12:38 PM

It’s mind boggling that anyone would throw money at Obama. But then that is one way to get on the Obama gravy train so that they’ll be in line for more of his crony capitalism funded with my tax dollars. For those that don’t fall into that category, I can only conclude that they are plain old garden variety fools.

natasha333 on April 6, 2012 at 12:40 PM

twenty donors paid $40,000 a piece for an intimate closed-press meeting with the president

I hope Axelrod made sure there was enough KY, rubber gloves and condoms on hand, must have had a semi-truck deliver the goods.

NoDonkey on April 6, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Crony Capitalism

idesign on April 6, 2012 at 12:44 PM

The president raised some $45 million in February, $29.1 million in January, and $68 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. The amounts have enabled the president to rapidly deploy his reelection team; according to Federal Election Commission reports, Obama has already spent more than $135 million on his campaign, $3 million more than the entire Republican field combined.

Heh. Don’t worry. They’ll waste it on clowns, magicians and lobster because it’s all “free money”. It’s just how they think – they’re libs.

Harbingeing on April 6, 2012 at 12:44 PM

wow, do they give him one dime….

idiots, the lot of them…

cmsinaz on April 6, 2012 at 12:45 PM

$40k per skull to stand with PBHO.

“Romney can’t connect with average Americans!”

-lib

Bishop on April 6, 2012 at 12:46 PM

He’s gonna need that money, and it’s always nice to see brain-dead liberals spend money on a lost cause.

Rational Thought on April 6, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Obviously those donors are not middle class. Obama is too rich, too out of touch. He’s rubbing elbows with the uber-rich while people are dying in the street because of pre-exisiting conditions and puppies are starving.

HumpBot Salvation on April 6, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Razzle dazzle??? More like shizzle fizzle. Putz.

Peppa Pig on April 6, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Front end is where all the money is…I say Mitt out raises him, and that alone will mean big votes…people gravitate (especially “independents”) to the one that is “winning”.

right2bright on April 6, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Remember him shilling for the American Jobs Act, anyone?

You mean that 30 page powerpoint presentation in a binder clip that we had to pass right away? The one he was toting around the country on a Canadian made bus? That Jobs Act?

Lost in Jersey on April 6, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Any carpet bombing from Romney or his super-pac will be responded to with 40x the venom.

No more free passes

liberal4life on April 6, 2012 at 12:52 PM

well-organized campaign to razzle dazzle voters. How will we hear the truth above the roar?

Give ‘em the old Razzle Dazzle
Razzle dazzle ‘em
Show ‘em the first rate sorceror you are
Long as you keep ‘em way off balance
How can they spot you’ve got no talent
Razzle Dazzle ‘em

I’m beginning to wonder what possesses The Won.

OkieDoc on April 6, 2012 at 12:52 PM

If he is so confident on getting re-elected, why does he need all the money? Does make one wonder, huh?

Amazingoly on April 6, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Any carpet bombing from Romney or his super-pac will be responded to with 40x the venom.

No more free passes

liberal4life on April 6, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Barack has already been running ads against Romney — in the Republican primary.

Rational Thought on April 6, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Obviously those donors are not middle class. Obama Romney is too rich, too out of touch. He’s rubbing elbows with the uber-rich building car elevators while people are dying in the street because of pre-exisiting conditions and puppies are starving.

HumpBot Salvation on April 6, 2012 at 12:47 PM
libsquirrel4life

Bitter Clinger on April 6, 2012 at 12:55 PM

l4l, the circus is missing a big clown.

Schadenfreude on April 6, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Any carpet bombing from Romney or his super-pac will be responded to with 40x the venom.

No more free passes

liberal4life on April 6, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Ever the hypocrite. You love to smear Romney with the “too rich” label yet you delight that your “man of the people” Prez hob-nobs with the ultra-rich and collects cash to “carpet bomb” the airwaves with his message.

Bitter Clinger on April 6, 2012 at 12:57 PM

liberal4life on April 6, 2012 at 12:52 PM

AND his sycophants.

OkieDoc on April 6, 2012 at 12:58 PM

If he is so confident on getting re-elected, why does he need all the money? Does make one wonder, huh?

Amazingoly on April 6, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Not only that, but he’s not sharing any with other Dems in House and Senate races. They’re “on their own”.

Bitter Clinger on April 6, 2012 at 12:59 PM

If he is so confident on getting re-elected, why does he need all the money? Does make one wonder, huh?

Amazingoly on April 6, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Not only that, but he’s not sharing any with other Dems in House and Senate races. They’re “on their own”.

Bitter Clinger on April 6, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Let’s try that again.

Bitter Clinger on April 6, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Did he promise them free dry cleaning or sumpin ?

pambi on April 6, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Good job Obama but have to give credit to conservatives too. Their whole attempt at establishing a Christian theocracy with 6th century standards for treatment of women has gotten the democratic base excited.

lester on April 6, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Doodad Pro could not be reached for comment.

BKennedy on April 6, 2012 at 1:02 PM

“…he couldn’t afford to ‘unilaterally disarm’…”

If only he felt that way about missiles and his pal Vladimir.

Drained Brain on April 6, 2012 at 1:03 PM

I’m curious as to why people give him so much money.

rubberneck on April 6, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Any carpet bombing from Romney or his super-pac will be responded to with 40x the venom.

No more free passes

liberal4life on April 6, 2012 at 12:52 PM

…only 40x this time?… carpet muncher!

KOOLAID2 on April 6, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Any carpet bombing from Romney or his super-pac will be responded to with 40x the venom.

No more free passes

liberal4life on April 6, 2012 at 12:52 PM

“It’s OK when Obama does it.”

Good Lt on April 6, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Good job Obama but have to give credit to conservatives too. Their whole attempt at establishing a Christian theocracy with 6th century standards for treatment of women has gotten the democratic base excited.

lester on April 6, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Glad to see you admit that the “Democratic base” is a bunch of Wall Street-type 1%-ers. There goes your OWS meme.

Bitter Clinger on April 6, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Did he promise them free dry cleaning or sumpin ?

pambi on April 6, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Probably just reverting back to the Obama 2008 campaign when he had his staff chant “iron my shirt” at Hillary.

tetriskid on April 6, 2012 at 1:07 PM

I’m curious as to why people give him so much money.

rubberneck on April 6, 2012 at 1:03 PM

I think it’s protection money. They hope that this will keep Obama’s “soak the rich” rhetoric as just that — rhetoric.

Bitter Clinger on April 6, 2012 at 1:08 PM

The incumbent president hauled in $1.5 million in three hours at a pair of lavish fundraisers last night.

After blowing literally trillions of TAXPAYER dollars….This incompetent fraud is about to vaporize hundreds of millions of donated dollars campaigning on EVERYTHING BUT his pathetic, failed record and his Marxist Obamacare fantasy that nobody except the stupid and the MSM wants.

And he will lose.

Never in my life have I seen such a tremendous amount of money just go up in smoke with absolutely nothing to show for it.

3 1/2 years, litearally TRILLIONS of taxpayer dollars….and absolutely NOTHING to point to.

Tim_CA on April 6, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Good job Obama but have to give credit to conservatives too. Their whole attempt at establishing a Christian theocracy with 6th century standards for treatment of women has gotten the democratic base excited.

lester on April 6, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Did you think of that all by yourself? No? I didn’t think so…such “drama” 6th century Christian theocracy…ooooooooooo, it’s so scary for you…tell me, what was going on in the 6th century? Do you even know

right2bright on April 6, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Am I alone in getting sick and tired of seeing Obama’s face anywhere, an particularly on the Hot Gas home page?

I can’t stand to look at a picture of him or, for that matter, his annoying wife, even the embarrassing or silly ones.

We shouldn’t give him a single image pixel, the SCOAMF.

TXUS on April 6, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Any carpet bombing from Romney or his super-pac will be responded to with 40x the venom.

No more free passes

liberal4life on April 6, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Obama’s Super PAC still struggling to raise money

***snort***

JPeterman on April 6, 2012 at 1:13 PM

Any carpet bombing from Romney or his super-pac will be responded to with 40x the venom.

No more free passes

liberal4life on April 6, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Obama carpet bombing: condoms, free birth control, female memberships at Augusta, green energy jobs created… more like this.

Romney carpet bombing: unemployment, over-regulation, crony investments in green energy, deficit spending, SCOTUS, entitlement spending, 419-0.

Shall we proceed?

VietVet_Dave on April 6, 2012 at 1:13 PM

This looks like the publicity photo from a cheesy Vegas bar c. 1957 of a lounge lizard who wears trousers without a break, and jacket with sleeves too short.

vityas on April 6, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Glad to see you admit that the “Democratic base” is a bunch of Wall Street-type 1%-ers. There goes your OWS meme.

Bitter Clinger on April 6, 2012 at 1:06 PM

The are most likely more Democrats among the top 1% than Republicans. No reason to deny this. And they all understand a theocracy where all the money belongs to church is not good for them.

lester on April 6, 2012 at 1:21 PM

***snort***

JPeterman on April 6, 2012 at 1:13 PM

Katy? Moon rise last and tonight. Schweet!

Bmore on April 6, 2012 at 1:23 PM

And the stupid little occupiers along with the rest of the blind 1%-hating leftistproglibturds will go on supporting him, unable to identify or discern the hypocrisy.

stukinIL4now on April 6, 2012 at 1:24 PM

“Not even the savvy optics of his grassroots fundraising efforts can disguise that this is a president who knows he can’t run on his record and plans to rely instead on a well-funded, well-organized campaign to razzle dazzle voters…!

Kewl…

… I’ve had an itching for some multi-colored smoke to be blown up my a%s.

Seven Percent Solution on April 6, 2012 at 1:27 PM

The are most likely more Democrats among the top 1% than Republicans. No reason to deny this. And they all understand a theocracy where all the money belongs to church is not good for them.

lester on April 6, 2012 at 1:21 PM

ROTFLMFAO!

This one is just so precious!!

Get a friggin’ job moron….wait, my bad, we’ve got a president who couldn’t create a job if his job depended on it.

See ya next year in the “Theocracy”!

(lmao – priceless).

Tim_CA on April 6, 2012 at 1:27 PM

is someone somewhere making a list of the Lyin kINGS major donors, cause I’m sure the IRS will be interested when the new regime takes over.

ConcealedKerry on April 6, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Think of how much he’d raise if we could bribe him to resign.

NoDonkey on April 6, 2012 at 1:31 PM

is someone somewhere making a list of the Lyin kINGS major donors, cause I’m sure the IRS will be interested when the new regime takes over.

ConcealedKerry on April 6, 2012 at 1:28 PM

lol….if it’s anything like the Dem Voter Roll….it’s probably just dead people and cartoon characters anyway.

Tim_CA on April 6, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Tim_CA on April 6, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Oh Dear Lord… don’t tell me you see dead people, too!
;-)

VietVet_Dave on April 6, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Seven Percent Solution on April 6, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Look, shiny things.

Bmore on April 6, 2012 at 1:39 PM

As my first order of bidness I Mitt Momney will instruct the IRS to deliver an audit to all the Lyin kINGS donors,including those overseas, under the seas in the West Bank and Guazy Strip in the Mooslim broohoodie and Hollyweedie and in the various cemeteries and crematories around the world.
4/6/12 Mitt Momney

ConcealedKerry on April 6, 2012 at 1:47 PM

I cannot for the life of me figure out how so many people smart enough to earn millions could possibly support Obozo the Presidential Clown. You don’t earn millions and stay stupid enough to actually believe in socialistic polices – unless for some reason you think you have enough government connections to keep those policies from affecting you.

katablog.com on April 6, 2012 at 1:52 PM

Between the Stimulus package, QE1 and QE2, I would say the President is under achieving on fund raising at this point. I guess all those bankrupt companies spent all the cash.

DDay on April 6, 2012 at 1:52 PM

He’s rubbing elbows with the uber-rich while people are dying in the street because of pre-exisiting conditions and puppies are starving rapes and murders within the Occupy groups.

FIFY

katablog.com on April 6, 2012 at 1:56 PM

stukinIL4now on April 6, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Isn’t it just a crock that those Occupie (like in dung heaps they leave about) idiots don’t know who the 1% are?

katablog.com on April 6, 2012 at 1:59 PM

establishing a Christian theocracy with 6th century standards for treatment of women

whow. I had no clue that women in the 6th century could purchase their own birth control. Did they have Viagra and condoms then too?

katablog.com on April 6, 2012 at 2:02 PM

establishing a Christian theocracy with 6th century standards for treatment of women

Whow! I had no idea that women could purchase their own birth control pills in the 6th century. Did they have condoms and Viagra then too?

katablog.com on April 6, 2012 at 2:04 PM

He can throw all the money you want at it but fail is still fail. Sorta like lipstick on a pig.

TheGarbone on April 6, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Any carpet bombing from Romney or his super-pac will be responded to with 40x the venom.

No more free passes

liberal4life on April 6, 2012 at 12:52 PM

You said yesterday negative campaigning was bad.

You soiled your Spanx over today’s jobs report, didn’t you?

Chuck Schick on April 6, 2012 at 2:31 PM

All this and Obama is only 4.5 above Romney on RCP average? Obama should be worried.

Also- the GOP Super PACs are CRUSHING the Obama ones over 10 to 1. Wait’ll those ads get going.

Chuck Schick on April 6, 2012 at 2:36 PM

President Barack Hussein Obama was fine and dandy with being a “one-term President”… until it actually started looking a lot like he would, in fact, be a one-term President.

Now it’s not so fine and dandy, is it.

FlatFoot on April 6, 2012 at 2:53 PM

I’m sure the Muslim brotherhood funneled some money to their Muslim brother

Conservative4ev on April 6, 2012 at 3:48 PM

At the first of the Obama two fundraisers, twenty donors paid $40,000 a piece for an intimate closed-press meeting with the president. Shortly thereafter, the president crossed town for a larger fundraiser where some 250 people chipped in $2,500 a piece.

You may wonder, who are all these people with so much disposable money?

Think about this the next time you buy a Bon Jovi or Springsteen CD, or go to a Kevin Spacey movie.

F___ them.

UltimateBob on April 6, 2012 at 4:13 PM

First things first. These figures are released from the Democratic re-election group, what makes you think for a micro second that these figures are truthful? The fawning media is sugar coating all news hitting the air waves, as they did with his threats to to the Supreme Court.
I hope the Dems keep spending so the day after the election they have something to scream about when they loose the election.

mixplix on April 7, 2012 at 7:40 AM