Could Romney outraise Obama?

posted at 8:41 am on May 21, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Cue the sharp, staccato violin music, the wail of ghostly sopranos, and M. Night Shyamalan.  Is it possible that the vaunted billion-dollar campaign of Barack Obama might stumble into second place to Mitt Romney on fundraising?  Chris Cillizza writes at the Washington Post that the scenario of an incumbent falling short in official fundraising to his challenger is not just possible, but looks less and less like a long shot:

What’s abundantly clear is that Obama won’t have the massive fundraising gap over Romney that he enjoyed in the 2008 contest against Sen. John McCain of Arizona.

In that race, Obama raised an astonishing $771 million while McCain brought in $239 million — a total that included roughly $85 million in public financing funds for the general election. (Obama opted out of public financing.) For you non-math majors out there, that means Obama collected (and spent) three times as much money as McCain, a huge gap that almost certainly put the Democrat over the top in places such as Indiana and North Carolina and cushioned his margins in other swing states such as Florida and Ohio.

There is a zero percent chance that Romney will follow McCain’s lead and take public financing. And even though he has spent most of this election cycle running in a competitive and splintered GOP primary, Romney raised almost $100 million through April. …

Add it all up — and throw in a pledge from the leading conservative super PAC to spend better than $200 million— and it becomes possible that Obama, the single greatest fundraiser in the history of American politics, might get outraised (and outspent) between now and Nov. 6.

What about the super-PACs?  After all, the Left has an abundance of big-ticket donors who could push Obama forward through third-party groups.  They could … but so far, they aren’t:

The pro-Barack Obama super PAC Priorities USA Action is still struggling to keep up with GOP super PACs preparing to unleash millions of dollars in independent advertisements.

Priorities USA Action raised $1.6 million in April, according to federal records released late Sunday. It’s the smallest haul the group has pulled in since the meager $59,000 the group raised in January.

The group raked in $3 million less than the pro-Mitt Romney super PAC Restore Our Future raised in April, even as the GOP group reported its worst fundraising month so far this year.

The bulk of Priorities USA Action’s cash in April came from labor groups. The National Air Traffic Controllers Association PAC contributed $1 million; another $250,000 came from the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Pipe Fitting Industry. Both union checks came on April 30, the last day of the filing period.

Including the two labor groups, the super PAC received only nine donations of $10,000 or more in April. Top donors included Joseph Kiani, chairman and CEO of Masimo Corp.; Ariel Capital CEO John Rogers; and television executive Michael King.

Unions will fill the gap through their own efforts, but that ability may be limited in 2012.  Big Labor has poured millions into Wisconsin’s recall and Supreme Court elections over the last year, and so far have come up empty.  They have two more weeks to go before Scott Walker defends his office in the gubernatorial recall, but the race looks as though it will slip through the unions’ fingers.  Unions are also fighting in Indiana and Arizona over right-to-work and other union-limiting legislation passed this year.  They will put millions into Obama’s effort, but they may not have the resources to be game-changers in this cycle.

BuzzFeed reports that big-money donors have begun to disappear from the Obama campaign, and that had a big impact in April’s numbers:

Obama’s campaign took in $25.7 million, after raising $43.6 million in conjunction with the Democratic National Committee. That represented a drop from the $35 million in receipts the campaign saw in March on $53 million raised by the joint fundraising effort.

Most of Obama’s drop is attributable to a decline in contributions of more than $500, which fell by more than $9 million. Many of Obama’s top donors have already hit the legal $2500 maximum to the campaign, which — along with an apparent failure to recruit a new cadre of wealthy supporters — may account for the decline.

In other words, the Obama fundraising effort has already hit its high-water mark.  They will continue to get smaller donors, but the larger donors have either maxed out or have abandoned the incumbent.    In contrast, the Romney campaign has just gotten started.  A few more months like April, and Barack Obama might suddenly rediscover his love of public financing for elections.


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Uhm, I’m pretty sure that would be racist.

Marcus on May 21, 2012 at 8:44 AM

Yuuuuup!

LASue on May 21, 2012 at 8:45 AM

In that race, Obama raised an astonishing $771 million while McCain brought in $239 million — a total that included roughly $85 million in public financing funds for the general election. (Obama opted out of public financing.) For you non-math majors out there, that means Obama collected (and spent) three times as much money as McCain

Why do I have a feeling the Dems will urge a return to public financing in 2016?

Doughboy on May 21, 2012 at 8:47 AM

First Cory Booker, now Harold Ford.

Face it, Obama’s toast with his own constituents!

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0512/76563.ht

His Super-Pac is tanking along with him.

Why do you think the big donors to Super-Pacs won’t give to Obama?!?

Maybe it’s because they are the 1% and they’re NAUSEATED from listening to his lies and divisive class war rhetoric. And, because they think he’s going to LOSE. And, because they WANT to see him lose.

mountainaires on May 21, 2012 at 8:48 AM

If dear leader even brings up the word public

cmsinaz on May 21, 2012 at 8:49 AM

Thing is, Romney doesn’t need to outraise Obama to win. Just keep it to a 2 to 1 margin or less.

Zaggs on May 21, 2012 at 8:49 AM

All h3ll would break loose if he brings up public finance

He started the precedent, gotta stick to it

cmsinaz on May 21, 2012 at 8:50 AM

So big donors are evil again?

Gingotts on May 21, 2012 at 8:50 AM

while not eggs(hatched):
! count(chickens)

Prufrock on May 21, 2012 at 8:52 AM

…there are hundreds of millions of dollars of “disappeared” taxpayer and investor money…that are not accounted for, and will not be accounted for that will be spent…just watch and listen!

KOOLAID2 on May 21, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Published yesterday, going viral today, yutes rap against a 2nd term for Øbama at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jPL1tG4caA&feature=youtu.be

petefrt on May 21, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Heck, it may turn out even Newt will out raise Obambamamba.

Yesterday, when talking to a normally partisan Democrat friend,, I remarked how he didn’t have a bumper sticker on his car. “I haven’t given them any money”, he said. Furthermore, he wasn’t going to give them any money either. My friend went on to say he would “be OK” with Romney as President and maybe the economy will finally improve. Color me stunned.

MTF on May 21, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Who the hell would waste their money on Obama? So they can pay for his slow jams?

Economy stupid

Conservative4ev on May 21, 2012 at 8:55 AM

If he doesn’t, we won’t hear anything about the influence of donors and lobbyists on national politics. If he does, we’ll never hear the end of it.

Aww, who am I kidding. Regardless of which total is larger, Obama won’t ever stop deriding Romney as a big oil, big Wall Street shill. While he likewise cashes in. And the media will echo it.

redsweater on May 21, 2012 at 8:56 AM

And, because they think he’s going to LOSE. And, because they WANT to see him lose.

mountainaires on May 21, 2012 at 8:48 AM

I’m not entirely sure they WANT him to lose, but most people with big money didn’t get that way by throwing away cash on losing ventures-which Obama has proven himself to be. Gotta love it.

BettyRuth on May 21, 2012 at 8:57 AM

What’s a rich, fatcat Democrat Wall Street banker supposed to do when his president calls him vile names and publicly chastises him?
It has always amazed me how these very wealthy liberals who are masters at understanding how the economic system works and are making and managing money–lots of it–can never seem to understand their role in the pyramid scheme of socialism.

cartooner on May 21, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Hey, Team Obama still his millions of outside-the-country donation requests to try and tap, and AFAIK, Joe Biden has yet to visit a Buddhist temple in this campaign cycle.

jon1979 on May 21, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Do union members realize how much money is collected by their unions and where that money goes? Do they receive quarterly
reports? Do they have any say on where the monies are spent?

Perhaps a union member poster could enlighten me.

Amjean on May 21, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Uhm, I’m pretty sure that would be racist.

Marcus on May 21, 2012 at 8:44 AM

Absolutely it’s RAAAAAAACIST!

And to be sure Obama will be adding every Romney donor to the enemies list and handing them to Holder and Gheitner for persecution.

wildcat72 on May 21, 2012 at 9:00 AM

…there are hundreds of millions of dollars of “disappeared” taxpayer and investor money…that are not accounted for, and will not be accounted for that will be spent…just watch and listen!

KOOLAID2 on May 21, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Four more years!
“He’s so fine, there’s no telling where the money went”
Obama. He’s simply irresistible.

Paul-Cincy on May 21, 2012 at 9:01 AM

Won’t Ding Dong’s numbers be up for May? Clooney fundraiser and gay marriage Left donations will rescue the sinking boat, at least for one month.

herm2416 on May 21, 2012 at 9:01 AM

After Obama hitched his wagon the the OWS crowd any investor or business person would be crazy to send him money.
If Obamacare goes down next month that will be a huge defeat after so much wasted effort I expect the money to pour in to the Romney camp.

NeoKong on May 21, 2012 at 9:02 AM

Unions will fill the gap through their own efforts, but that ability may be limited in 2012. Big Labor has poured millions into Wisconsin’s recall and Supreme Court elections over the last year, and so far have come up empty.

rope-a-dope

Knott Buyinit on May 21, 2012 at 9:02 AM

All h3ll would break loose if he brings up public finance

He started the precedent, gotta stick to it

cmsinaz on May 21, 2012 at 8:50 AM

You do know we’re talking about democrats don’t you? These people have no shame. They will do or say whatever benefits them at the moment and the MSM will fall right in line with it. Remember how the MSM trashed GWB for raising 100 million and talked about how evil it was to have so much money in politics? Yet a few years later, the same people couldn’t praise Obama enough for raising seven times as much.

Alabama Infidel on May 21, 2012 at 9:02 AM

Yesterday, when talking to a normally partisan Democrat friend,, I remarked how he didn’t have a bumper sticker on his car. “I haven’t given them any money”, he said. Furthermore, he wasn’t going to give them any money either. My friend went on to say he would “be OK” with Romney as President and maybe the economy will finally improve. Color me stunned.

MTF on May 21, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Yup, amazing ain’t it? I correspond with a Liberal woman
here in PA, and she is hard core anti Republican, and
still trashes Romney, but what has changed is she no longer
talks up Obama…..she has actually stated that she is
not happy at all with him…..we’ll see how she votes in
November….

ToddPA on May 21, 2012 at 9:03 AM

So big donors are evil again?

Gingotts on May 21, 2012 at 8:50 AM

Not evil, just racist since they are not giving to Obama.

Happy Nomad on May 21, 2012 at 9:04 AM

If the Obama camp opts for public financing, that would be a huge blunder. It says “we lost”. Only their own arrogance, thinking their ability to spin is infallible, would allow them to go there.

cartooner on May 21, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Even if someone supports Obama’s soft-marxism policies, why would they want to throw their money down the toilet? They’re more likely to wait until a slicker marxist comes along.

RBMN on May 21, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Time to turn up the credit card fraud and turn off the security verification code. Oops, it looks like it has already begun.

Fallon on May 21, 2012 at 9:09 AM

The “big” money doesn’t care who is in office, as long as they have the connection…Romney will win, so the big money will go to Romney.
Once in office, Romney won’t want to give up the power, and the power will be with the givers, and once again, we will have business as usual.
Romney has already had the track record of this…just follow one company, Bechtel, and you will see how well “loyalty” pays.
It has nothing to do with the economy, energy, policy etc, it’s who is connected to the power and gets what they want.

right2bright on May 21, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Won’t Ding Dong’s numbers be up for May? Clooney fundraiser and gay marriage Left donations will rescue the sinking boat, at least for one month.

herm2416 on May 21, 2012 at 9:01 AM

It’ll help, but it’s gonna be bad optics if Obama is increasingly hitting up Hollywood for donations. Hard to pass yourself as a man of the people and use class warfare tactics when you’re being hosted by actors and musicians in 5-star hotels and Brentwood and Beverly Hills estates.

Doughboy on May 21, 2012 at 9:10 AM

I also have a few liberal friends and there is no enthusiasm for Obama and they arent really afraid of Romney. They are pretty apathetic. The Romney is so conservatie and scary meme isnt working and the Bain capital arguement isnt either because Obama has let them down with the no lobbiests no wall streeters ect… They see him as all talk and no action. As the momentum builds for Romney the money builds. people want to back a winner.

ldbgcoleman on May 21, 2012 at 9:13 AM

True Alabama….true

cmsinaz on May 21, 2012 at 9:14 AM

Yup, amazing ain’t it? I correspond with a Liberal woman
here in PA, and she is hard core anti Republican, and
still trashes Romney, but what has changed is she no longer
talks up Obama…..she has actually stated that she is
not happy at all with him…..we’ll see how she votes in
November….

ToddPA on May 21, 2012 at 9:03 AM

The key is not how she votes, but rather if she votes.

There is no convincing these people to vote republican. I have (I think) been successful convincing some liberal acquaintances that they really don’t have a horse in this race. Zero is way too far left of their ideology to deserve their vote and Willard is an Evil Republican™.

With no one representing them, why should they bother voting at all?

Lost in Jersey on May 21, 2012 at 9:15 AM

You mean Obama’s campaign hasn’t turned off the protocols on his donation website yet? Then how will he get all those illegal donations from out of the country?

Browncoatone on May 21, 2012 at 9:16 AM

On the back side of this is Team Zero’s burn rate. I have a feeling he is using up his campaign cash faster than we can imagine. All those staffers, are they volunteers?

I also want to know if Obama is reimbursing us for his travel expenses. He has been campaigning and fund raising for quite a while and caused some complaints. Did that ever get pursued?

RBMN on May 21, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Some of them have realized he won’t be happy until he plunders everything they have.

dogsoldier on May 21, 2012 at 9:18 AM

Yup, amazing ain’t it? I correspond with a Liberal woman
here in PA, and she is hard core anti Republican, and
still trashes Romney, but what has changed is she no longer
talks up Obama…..she has actually stated that she is
not happy at all with him…..we’ll see how she votes in
November….

ToddPA on May 21, 2012 at 9:03 AM

What’s so difficult about voters like that- and I know, because I have several Dem relatives doing the same thing- is that they tend to look for a reason NOT to vote Republican no matter how much they hate Obama. I get a lot of, “I just don’t know if I can vote for someone who doesn’t support gay marriage”. They need to be gently guided back to a big picture viewpoint. (or encourage them to stay home; apathy on the Lib side can only help Romney)

BettyRuth on May 21, 2012 at 9:18 AM

You mean Obama’s campaign hasn’t turned off the protocols on his donation website yet? Then how will he get all those illegal donations from out of the country?

Browncoatone on May 21, 2012 at 9:16 AM

Even the illegal donors need to believe that they’re buying success.

RBMN on May 21, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Yesterday, when talking to a normally partisan Democrat friend,, I remarked how he didn’t have a bumper sticker on his car. “I haven’t given them any money”, he said. Furthermore, he wasn’t going to give them any money either. My friend went on to say he would “be OK” with Romney as President and maybe the economy will finally improve. Color me stunned.

MTF on May 21, 2012 at 8:54 A

More anecdotes like this, please.

esr1951 on May 21, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Some of them have realized he won’t be happy until he plunders everything they have.

dogsoldier on May 21, 2012 at 9:18 AM

Yeah, it comes as a pretty hard moment when commies realize that they aren’t part of the protected class.

Happy Nomad on May 21, 2012 at 9:23 AM

So big donors are evil again?

Gingotts on May 21, 2012 at 8:50 AM
Not evil, just racist since they are not giving to Obama.

Happy Nomad on May 21, 2012 at 9:04 AM

…well!…JugEars said he’s being discriminated against because of the sound of his name!

KOOLAID2 on May 21, 2012 at 9:25 AM

But, don’t these meanies realize that if they give him twice as much as they did last time, he would get it right this time?

OldEnglish on May 21, 2012 at 9:30 AM

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association PAC contributed $1 million; another $250,000 came from the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Pipe Fitting Industry.

Maybe the Journeymen and Apprentices of the Pipe Fitting Industry just might want to support a guy whose first “positive” ad said he wants to build a PIPELINE?

Gee, who’d a thunk it?

Steve Z on May 21, 2012 at 9:31 AM

The key is not how she votes, but rather if she votes.

There is no convincing these people to vote republican. I have (I think) been successful convincing some liberal acquaintances that they really don’t have a horse in this race. Zero is way too far left of their ideology to deserve their vote and Willard is an Evil Republican™.

With no one representing them, why should they bother voting at all?

Lost in Jersey on May 21, 2012 at 9:15 AM

What’s so difficult about voters like that- and I know, because I have several Dem relatives doing the same thing- is that they tend to look for a reason NOT to vote Republican no matter how much they hate Obama. I get a lot of, “I just don’t know if I can vote for someone who doesn’t support gay marriage”. They need to be gently guided back to a big picture viewpoint. (or encourage them to stay home; apathy on the Lib side can only help Romney)

BettyRuth on May 21, 2012 at 9:18 AM

I Agree.

ToddPA on May 21, 2012 at 9:34 AM

You mean Obama’s campaign hasn’t turned off the protocols on his donation website yet? Then how will he get all those illegal donations from out of the country?

Browncoatone on May 21, 2012 at 9:16 AM

It’s already happened. See here:

This video is a follow-up to Adrian Murray’s facebook post over the weekend, in which he says that he donated to the Obama campaign as “Adolph Hitler,” occupation “Dictator” living at a German address. As you can see in the clip, citizen journalist George Scaggs of Austin tries the same thing at three different campaign sites, that of Obama, Romney and Santorum. Only the Obama site accepted the donation without the verification number.

Fallon on May 21, 2012 at 9:35 AM

Fallon on May 21, 2012 at 9:35 AM

The (desired) end justifies any means./Left

OldEnglish on May 21, 2012 at 9:40 AM

So, I have to wonder: just because he can does it mean he should? The spectre of evil rich guy is still hanging on and out-raising the incumbent may have worse implications than just keeping pace with him. Although, if people want to send you money there’s not much you can do about it, I suppose.

princetrumpet on May 21, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Romney and his people are just good at building large organiztions. Obama will have met his march in that repect.

rickyricardo on May 21, 2012 at 9:46 AM

More anecdotes like this, please.
esr1951 on May 21, 2012 at 9:22 AM

An off-hand comment in a conversation unrelated to either politics, culture, or religion, with the mother-in-law of a top New York Democratic fundraiser (you’ve heard of him) makes me think that even in the normally partisan New York Jewish community, support for Romney, or at least preference for him, is growing.

Cleombrotus on May 21, 2012 at 9:47 AM

On the back side of this is Team Zero’s burn rate. I have a feeling he is using up his campaign cash faster than we can imagine. All those staffers, are they volunteers?

dogsoldier on May 21, 2012 at 9:18 AM

Obama’s campaign machine is as bloated, expensive, and inefficient as his Regime. Yep, he has a VERY high burn rate. Their plan was for $1 billion. They are clearly going to fall well short. Which means that the Regime’s campaign could run out of money right as we get to the critical part of the campaign. Given Obama’s lack of ability to cut spending I don’t see them conserving cash NOW to be able to still attack THEN…

wildcat72 on May 21, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Cleombrotus on May 21, 2012 at 9:47 AM

Thanks! These stories give me hope!

esr1951 on May 21, 2012 at 9:52 AM

Cue the sharp, staccato violin music, the wail of ghostly sopranos, and M. Night Shyamalan. Is it possible that the vaunted billion-dollar campaign of Barack Obama might stumble into second place to Mitt Romney on fundraising?

nice work, Edward.

ted c on May 21, 2012 at 9:53 AM

Unions will fill the gap through their own efforts, but that ability may be limited in 2012. Big Labor has poured millions into Wisconsin’s recall and Supreme Court elections over the last year, and so far have come up empty.

They did make a wise investment in ol’ $10million dollar Blanche Lincoln too!

/what an investment!/

ted c on May 21, 2012 at 9:54 AM

More anecdotes like this, please.
esr1951 on May 21, 2012 at 9:22 AM

I got my first clue of how this could go down during the primaries; From my lib friends I got an awful lot of sneering at the idea of a Gingrich or a Santorum, but Romey always got an “I could live with Romey- at least he’s somewhat moderate and knows about the economy”.

BettyRuth on May 21, 2012 at 9:59 AM

Having a little trouble this morning spelling “ROMNEY”! (it’s Monday)

BettyRuth on May 21, 2012 at 10:00 AM

There is a zero percent chance that Romney will follow McCain’s lead and take public financing.

I was not a Romney supporter at the begining, but every day I find another reason to like the guy.

bitsy on May 21, 2012 at 10:05 AM

esr1951 on May 21, 2012 at 9:52 AM

He won last time with the help of a lot of voters who were mesmerized by the prospect of the first black President who have become subsequently disillusioned with him.

He won’t get them this time around.

Cleombrotus on May 21, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Obama declares class warfare on the wealthy and get far fewer contributions from them. Surprising, isn’t it?

thuja on May 21, 2012 at 10:15 AM

Big money wants carbon trading and Obama didn’t deliver!

So Big Finance chose corruptocrat number 2, Etch-a-sketch!

Jayrae on May 21, 2012 at 10:18 AM

In other words, the Obama fundraising effort has already hit its high-water mark.

Don’t be so sure. There’s always the FOREIGN money to count. Just start counting all those contributions via VISA and MasterCard. The one’s where the donations are in odd dollars and cents.

Barry may be good at hiding the source, but he can’t hide the exchange rates.

GarandFan on May 21, 2012 at 10:19 AM

This race might be close, but there is plenty of time for a complete meltdown by the Obama campaign. We might even see some tears before this is all over.

Difficult to think of a scenario in which Romney implodes – I mean the guy is like an alien robot – I half expect him to peel his human shell from his metallic exoskeleton.

I also expect incumbency to be a burden this year as it was in 2010.

http://www.fiscalwars.wordpress.com

stout77 on May 21, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Amjean@ at 8:59
Yes I know where the money goes, No we don’t receive a quarterly, No we have no say on where the money goes……….. I personally feel the unions were good at one time but is now only used to protect worthless ppl and serve an agenda…………..

angrymike on May 21, 2012 at 10:24 AM

..but..but..but..Obama’s leading Romney in the latest Rasmussen daily tracking poll. How can this be?

The War Planner on May 21, 2012 at 10:36 AM

First Cory Booker, now Harold Ford.

Face it, Obama’s toast with his own constituents!

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0512/76563.ht…

mountainaires on May 21, 2012 at 8:48 AM

..good comment there. But you know what’s super creepy? Firstly, Booker appatently got taken to the woodshed by the Obama team and forced to walk back his outburst:

http://content.usatoday.com/communities/onpolitics/post/2012/05/cory-booker-nauseating-obama-romney-bain-/1#.T7pTv1Kr1qM

That, in and of itself is not so creepy, ranted. But your Politico link has evaporated.

Now that’s scary, mountain!

The War Planner on May 21, 2012 at 10:42 AM

..oops. The headband on my tin foil hat’s a little too tight. You clipped the URL. Here it is:

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0512/76563.html

The War Planner on May 21, 2012 at 10:43 AM

Having a little trouble this morning spelling “ROMNEY”! (it’s Monday)

BettyRuth on May 21, 2012 at 10:00 AM

..I think you can probably, in the context of the post, spell it RMONEY.

The War Planner on May 21, 2012 at 10:45 AM

we’ll see how she votes in
November….

ToddPA on May 21, 2012 at 9:03 AM

She wont, she will do what every Lib does when promises of their spouse, employer, politician, etc. go unmet–stay on the couch at home pouting and blaming.

hillsoftx on May 21, 2012 at 10:47 AM

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Prufrock on May 21, 2012 at 8:52 AM

FIFY!

The War Planner on May 21, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Operation Razorback Chaos is in effect!

Wagthatdog on May 21, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Do union members realize how much money is collected by their unions and where that money goes? Do they receive quarterly
reports? Do they have any say on where the monies are spent?

Perhaps a union member poster could enlighten me.

Amjean on May 21, 2012 at 8:59 AM

I was in a union in New York. I worked for Sikorsky doing flight testing on their Blackhawks.

We were all paid hourly, and our first two hours per month went to the union.

We never had ANY idea where that money went. Ever. Formal requests were filed, but nothing ever came of it. We were told that we’d keep contributing or we’d lose our jobs (closed shop), so we just contributed. Most people didn’t even know enough to ask, but those of us who follow politics (and there were many MANY more conservatives than you would imagine – though I think our military environment contributed to that) were obsessed with following the money.

The union (UAW) would never say a word. Ever.

Washington Nearsider on May 21, 2012 at 11:29 AM

This story is great news. Maybe, just maybe, America is done with its socialist flirtation as it begins to see the truth. We should all send a congratulatory note to Cory Booker for defending Bain – this is the bipartisianship we need – someone from either side that calls “BS” when justified.

one free individual on May 21, 2012 at 11:38 AM

GO Romney!

cheetah2 on May 21, 2012 at 11:51 AM

mountainaires on May 21, 2012 at 8:48 AM

Link says “Sorry page could not be found”.

Cindy Munford on May 21, 2012 at 11:54 AM

The War Planner on May 21, 2012 at 10:43 AM

Opps, sorry I didn’t see. Thanks.

Cindy Munford on May 21, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Enthusiasm gap.

OxyCon on May 21, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Romney will out-raise him, and Republican “Super-PACs” will far out raise their Democratic counterparts.

Obama is going to stumble along until early September, when the pollsters start releasing reality-based polls, unlike the D+11 fantasy polls they have been using up until then. At that point the bottom will drop out of his campaign and the upcoming blow out will be clear to all. Obama sucks up all the spare change out of the DNC anyway, and hurts countless Democrats on the down ballot.

Republicans end up gaining a handful of House seats, have a 54-ish Senate Majority, and Romney wins in double digits in the popular vote.

Texastoast on May 21, 2012 at 12:22 PM

…I have a feeling he is using up his campaign cash faster than we can imagine…
dogsoldier on May 21, 2012 at 9:18 AM

…Which means that the Regime’s campaign could run out of money right as we get to the critical part of the campaign. …
wildcat72 on May 21, 2012 at 9:49 AM

You both seem to forget Obummer has the unique advantage of being able to add a ribbon-cutting or whatever to any campaign trip — that way, the cost comes out of our wallets instead of his warchest. I predict a marked increase in ribbon-cuttings between now & November.

KS Rex on May 21, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Do union members realize how much money is collected by their unions and where that money goes? Do they receive quarterly
reports? Do they have any say on where the monies are spent?

Perhaps a union member poster could enlighten me.

Amjean on May 21, 2012 at 8:59 AM

I was in a union in New York. I worked for Sikorsky doing flight testing on their Blackhawks.

We were all paid hourly, and our first two hours per month went to the union.

We never had ANY idea where that money went. Ever. Formal requests were filed, but nothing ever came of it. We were told that we’d keep contributing or we’d lose our jobs (closed shop), so we just contributed. Most people didn’t even know enough to ask, but those of us who follow politics (and there were many MANY more conservatives than you would imagine – though I think our military environment contributed to that) were obsessed with following the money.

The union (UAW) would never say a word. Ever.

Washington Nearsider on May 21, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Thanks for the info. I am not surprised.

Amjean on May 21, 2012 at 3:33 PM