Quotes of the day

posted at 9:01 pm on July 21, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

By the end of June, Romney’s campaign, along with the party fundraising committees, had $170 million in cash reserves, $26 million more than Obama and the Democratic committees had available. That in part is due to the huge amounts of money Obama has spent as part of an effort to define Romney early to voters, points out Politico. Obama has spent a combined $189 million in April through June, compared to the $138 million spent by Romney. In ads alone, the Obama campaign spent $43 million last month, compared to Romney’s $12 million.

Republicans also enjoy a nice cash advantage with the outside groups known as super PACs. Even though the pro-Obama Priorities USA group had its best month yet in June, raising $6.2 million, it was nowhere close to the $20 million raised by pro-Obama super PAC Restore Our Future, reports the Hill. Priorities USA spent more than it raised in June as it unleashed a barrage of ads targeting Romney’s tenure at Bain Capital.

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Obama entered July with $97.5 million in the bank, and used a part of it to run 35,347 television ads in the 14-day period ending July 16, according to New York-based Kantar Media’s CMAG. The Romney campaign, which began July with $22.5 million, aired 16,946 spots during that period. Since more than 97 percent of those commercials were negative, that meant voters saw twice as many campaign-funded ads attacking Romney rather than Obama. …

Obama continued to draw down his campaign account, spending $58.1 million last month with $43 million for advertising, including broadcast and online. Romney spent $27.5 million during the month, less than half as much as Obama, with $11.1 million going for media.

“President Obama’s campaign will never have a more substantial advertising advantage than it has had over the past few weeks, yet there is no evidence to suggest that the ballot has moved,” Romney’s pollster, Neil Newhouse, said in a July 16 memo.

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A much smaller group of wealthy liberals gave money last month to Priorities USA Action, including actor Morgan Freeman, who put in $1 million. Chicago media company executive Fred Eychaner also gave $1 million.

But big Democratic donors have largely steered clear of the super PAC, focusing their efforts instead on raising money directly for Obama’s campaign. So far, Obama’s bundlers have brought in at least $143 million, according to a Los Angeles Times analysis of data provided by the campaign.

In the last three months, 107 new bundlers joined the effort, including longtime Democratic money man Terry McAuliffe, “Glee” creator Ryan Murphy, private equity chief Hamilton James, tech investor Chris Sacca and Maryland Gov.Martin O’Malley. Together, they raised at least $14.6 million for the quarter.

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“I don’t think the effort was designed to sway voters so much as it was a way to get the Democratic base motivated again,” Smith added. “To give them something to be angry about again.”

And that is a sad statement about the Obama campaign. The president can’t possibly run positive ads about his record, so his only option is to fire up Democratic voters to hate Romney. But even many Democrats are troubled by Obama’s relentlessly negative — and mostly misleading — campaign. …

No, it appears the only Obama campaign strategy right now is to keep hammering on Romney’s business record, and somehow convince voters that the exact date of Romney’s departure from Bain Capital is more important than the 8 percent unemployment rate.

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Campaign disclosure forms for Obama for America, President Obama’s reelection team, reveal a heavy emphasis on public opinion polling. According to the forms, in the month of June alone, Obama for America spent a whopping $2,639,265.72 on polling.

This appears to be a record this election cycle. And it does not include money spent on polling by the Democratic party in the month of June. …

Polling is often conducted by campaigns to make sure the candidate’s message is in sync with what the voters want to hear.

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The National Republican Congressional Committee narrowly outraised the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in June. The NRCC posted $10.7 million in receipts compared with the DCCC’s $10.5 million.

The NRCC ended June with $41 million in cash on hand while the DCCC closed the month with $33.2 million in the bank.


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TXUS on July 22, 2012 at 2:35 AM

Been there, done that…

C’mon now…

Gohawgs on July 22, 2012 at 2:05 AM

Gohawgs on July 22, 2012 at 2:43 AM

Over the top?…

Gohawgs on July 22, 2012 at 2:51 AM

Dang man made global anti-cooling

Gohawgs on July 22, 2012 at 2:52 AM

Much like Carlos, this ain’t Elvin singing. Think Starship…

Gohawgs on July 22, 2012 at 3:07 AM

Most women like powerful men with a good family attitude and that could be part of the reason why we have had no single Presidents recently. Except for Bill Clinton.

Why are women for Pres. Obama?

Could be his wish to care for everyone. Or..

Check out the market reports on horror films.

I would cite Women Love Bad Boys: Lucifera: Demon Lover (1972) with theaters full of women watching a girl set up to marry a demon. Her friends were killed and she was upset when she found their mangled corpses. She was more upset later when they returned as zombies to chomp on her chest. Well, it wasn’t chomping exactly…

IlikedAUH2O on July 22, 2012 at 3:09 AM

It’s getting late

Gohawgs on July 22, 2012 at 3:10 AM

Break out the sweaters, it’s time for some Free Rodgers

Gohawgs on July 22, 2012 at 3:24 AM

One last one for “our lil annual flower“…

Gohawgs on July 22, 2012 at 3:47 AM

Ok, ok…one more last one…Here ya go, JtL…

Gohawgs on July 22, 2012 at 4:03 AM

“Fascism conceives of the State as an absolute, in comparison with which all individuals or groups are relative, only to be conceived in their relation to the State.”

The above are the words of Benito Mussolini and I can see no significant difference, because there are none, between his words and those of Barack “Barackito ‘You didn’t build that’ Obamalini” Obama’s.

VorDaj on July 22, 2012 at 4:58 AM

O/T: The destruction of an American institution is almost complete. If you loved their Father’s Day and Mother’s Day ads, you’ll love this.

cynccook on July 22, 2012 at 12:38 AM

Sooooo, who is going to remove security tags upon point of steal sale?
What a remarkably stupid move on JCP’s part.

herm2416 on July 22, 2012 at 5:42 AM

This is all well and good, but I suspect that all of Romney’s money can’t buy the army of dead voters the Democrats have. The votes from the nursing homes brought in by SEIU alone, ought to do the trick for them.
All those w3ell paid off those “community organizers” could swing the states by stuffing the city ballots 3 or 4 times the population and those bought and paid for (by Soros) Secretaries of State will approve any vote with a (D) behind it.
Then there’s those unfettered New Black Panthers to intimidate, and perhaps a crisis or two, a questionable count from a conservative area here and there, and the always ready – look what we found in this forgotten machine -just enough votes to overturn the election to a (D)
Who needs the soviet union?

Don L on July 22, 2012 at 5:51 AM

… Anyone seen the price of gas lately or gone food shoping?

Seven Percent Solution on July 21, 2012 at 9:15 PM

They’ll let that inflation tiger out of his cage right after the election….bank on that one.

Don L on July 22, 2012 at 5:55 AM

Don L on July 22, 2012 at 5:51 AM

I heard somewhere that the voting machines used on many localities are serviced by SEIU and something about a corporation in Spain.

Anything to these rumors?

Cleombrotus on July 22, 2012 at 7:29 AM

Completely O/T

Live streaming video of the removal of the Paterno statue at Penn State.

http://t.co/Xm0vleWT

Flora Duh on July 22, 2012 at 7:45 AM

Flora Duh on July 22, 2012 at 7:45 AM

About time…

OmahaConservative on July 22, 2012 at 7:49 AM

New Obama ad mocks Romney singing “America the Beautiful”

Reposted for those who missed the link last night…

OmahaConservative on July 22, 2012 at 8:05 AM

OmahaConservative on July 22, 2012 at 8:05 AM

brutally effective. hollywood loves sequels. expect more.

renalin on July 22, 2012 at 8:35 AM

Completely O/T

Live streaming video of the removal of the Paterno statue at Penn State.

http://t.co/Xm0vleWT

Flora Duh on July 22, 2012 at 7:45 AM

The Penn State equivalent of the Friday night news dump. Good riddance.

herm2416 on July 22, 2012 at 8:46 AM

I have a quote for the day.

You’re either voting for Romney or you’re an idiot!

Take your pick.

bluegill on July 22, 2012 at 10:12 AM

brutally effective. hollywood loves sequels. expect more.
renalin on July 22, 2012 at 8:35 AM

Like The Dark Knight??? Aurora has reset the stage.

gracie on July 22, 2012 at 10:19 AM

bluegill on July 22, 2012 at 10:12 AM

True or not, I don’t think you are the correct messenger.

Cindy Munford on July 22, 2012 at 10:21 AM

bluegill on July 22, 2012 at 10:12 AM

True or not, I don’t think you are the correct messenger.

Cindy Munford on July 22, 2012 at 10:21 AM

OK, I just spit coffee at my laptop…

OmahaConservative on July 22, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Fish stench, fish stench, I ain’t lying. Can you rinse it off do you suppose?

Bmore on July 22, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Live streaming video of the removal of the Paterno statue at Penn State.
http://t.co/Xm0vleWT
Flora Duh on July 22, 2012 at 7:45 AM

painful for Pennsylvanians and Penn State alums. Did you know that something like 40% of US engineers studied at Penn State, another 40% at Ohio State and then there’s everybody else.

gracie on July 22, 2012 at 10:33 AM

OmahaConservative on July 22, 2012 at 10:27 AM

I saw on the news that you are in for another scorcher today. I’m praying for you to get some rain.

Cindy Munford on July 22, 2012 at 10:34 AM

I saw on the news that you are in for another scorcher today. I’m praying for you to get some rain.

Cindy Munford on July 22, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Thank you darlin’
We are hurting for certain here. Everything is dying. I don’t usually fill a birdbath because of mosquitoes, but I am these days. My grandma taught us to love the birds. Even the sparrows…

OmahaConservative on July 22, 2012 at 10:38 AM

…it was nowhere close to the $20 million raised by pro-Obama super PAC Restore Our Future…

Erika:
Restore our Future is NOT a “pro-Obama” group!!!

landlines on July 22, 2012 at 10:49 AM

OK, I just spit coffee at my laptop…

OmahaConservative on July 22, 2012 at 10:27 AM

…coffee?…I have to remind myself not to spit at the screen…when I see the name!

KOOLAID2 on July 22, 2012 at 10:52 AM

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