Oh my: Obama, DNC raise $181 million in September

posted at 11:31 am on October 6, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Well, the campaign needed some good news after their debate debacle, right?  Their fundraising broke records for a September in an election cycle, far surpassing their previous moth’s total:

President Obama’s reelection campaign raised $181 million in September, far eclipsing the amounts raised in any month of 2012 and coming close to the record $193 million that he and Democrats raised four years earlier. …

The September haul caps a turnaround in Obama’s financial status since the summer, when he fell behind his Republican opponent in monthly fundraising from May to July. The Obama team edged out Romney in August, $114 million to $112 million. The Obama campaign has raised a much larger proportion of its money from small-dollar donors than Romney’s, and it said earlier this week that it had eclipsed 10 million individual donations this year.

Reuters has more on those numbers:

A vast majority of the donations – 98 percent – were $250 or less. The average contribution was $53.

Obama’s campaign is proud of its base of low-dollar donors, believing that gives the president an advantage, especially at the end of the election cycle when supporters can keep giving even if they have donated before.

We haven’t heard yet from Team Romney, at least not about September.  The Post’s Dan Eggen notes that the Romney campaign and RNC have told the media that donations have zoomed upward since Mitt Romney’s convincing win over Barack Obama on Wednesday night.  We also don’t know yet about the burn rate for Team Obama’s numbers — how much it cost them to raise that $181 million — but whatever the burn rate, this is a very impressive number.

But here’s the puzzler about this report: why announce it on a Saturday morning, when few people are paying attention?  Why not do it Friday afternoon and win the last significant news cycle, or on Monday morning to dominate the week?  It looks as if Team Obama was pretty desperate for a narrative changer — and couldn’t get their act together quickly enough to launch it most effectively.

Update: Some are wondering whether the odd Saturday morning release might have something to do with a donor-scandal story that may pop in the next few days.  We’ll keep an eye on that.


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Update: Some are wondering whether the odd Saturday morning release might have something to do with a donor-scandal story that may pop in the next few days. We’ll keep an eye on that.

This is my bet. Obama and his acolytes are all about spin. When things go his way, he’s totally awesome–despite all other indications to the contrary, an outlier jobs report has them hailing Obama as the next Coolidge or Reagan. In anticipation of a bombshell story, the awkwardly release the fundraising numbers so that they can then claim that the donor story is a desparate Romney hit piece slapped together on a fly to counter the fundraising story.

BuckeyeSam on October 6, 2012 at 1:19 PM

Fudged unemployment numbers, fraudulent money raising tactics…yep, Barry is back in town!

albill on October 6, 2012 at 1:20 PM

He spent all the money on French bubbly. What you saw was a classic champagne hangover.

urban elitist on October 6, 2012 at 12:17 PM

rofl…hey, urban wannabe elitist finally made a funny! Welcome to the pile on.

RepubChica on October 6, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Donate to the Romney campaign:
http://www.mittromney.com/victory-wallet

albill on October 6, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Old/busted:

…I am killing time on my iPhone…

urban elitist on September 13, 2012 at 2:52 PM

New 24 days later hotness:

I prefer Androids.

urban elitist on October 6, 2012 at 12:12 PM

From this very thread:

Who will care? Urban doesn’t it – he talks about values … Shredding all that you claim to believe to support the cause is just doing what has to be done.

Democrats believe in nothing except power, graft, and control. As do their supporters.

Zomcon JEM on October 6, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Well played, UE.

rogerb on October 6, 2012 at 1:21 PM

I have a theory……

http://www.examiner.com/article/report-obama-attempting-to-block-major-story-on-donor-scandal

ted c on October 6, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Are there legs to the fundraiser fraud story or not?

reddevil on October 6, 2012 at 11:35 AM

..gentlemen, irrespective of whether there’s a scandal or not, what’s already baked into the cake (with apologies to the commenter who responded to SWalker) is the fact that Romney bent Obama over and had his way with him for 90 minutes before 70 million people (half of those who will vote in November) AT VIRTUALLY NO COST TO HIS CAMPAIGN.

Also, ask yourself honestly, where’s the race at now as a result of all of the negative ads that The Pantload™ blown in the Midwest trying to characterize Romney as an evil robber baron? Barely moved the needle? Think so!

The damage done by Little Lord Fauntleroy’s stuttering, clusterfark beatdown MORE THAN OFFSET the millions that he has spent or the millions he will continue to squander in a profligate manner until November 6th.

Oh, and the one bright spot in Obama’s gloomy week — the 7.8% unemployment figure? Tainted by scandal, doubt, derision.

Still we have the loons like ButtMeAndPlugMe bleating, always bleating.

The War Planner on October 6, 2012 at 1:22 PM

It may seem like we have a chance in OC, or the Central Valley, or the Shasta area. But come to the Bay Area. Come to LA County. Go to the places where we all know most of the voters live, and you know there isn’t a chance.

JohnGalt23 on October 6, 2012 at 12:43 PM

You mean those coastal areas where the rich live? But I thought all rich people were Republicans.

Weird.

Left Coast Right Mind on October 6, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Well played, UE.

rogerb on October 6, 2012 at 1:21 PM

..you, sir, are an artiste of unlimited talent.

The War Planner on October 6, 2012 at 1:25 PM

He spent all the money on French bubbly. What you saw was a classic champagne hangover.

urban elitist on October 6, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Ob, no, ne and Mooch are ale deinkers from their own vintage collection lool :), what do they know of remuage and Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin :)….

jimver on October 6, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Oh, no, the spelling goebbels will blame my iphone again (sorry no o ama android here : ) for my mistyped words….hurry to correct them: ”he’, drinkers’ …

jimver on October 6, 2012 at 1:27 PM

LIVING WILL FORM

I, ____________, being of sound mind and body, do not wish to be kept alive indefinitely by artificial means. Under no circumstances should my fate be put in the hands of pinhead partisan politicians who couldn’t pass ninth-grade biology if their lives depended on it, or lawyers/doctors/hospitals interested in simply running up the bills.

If after a reasonable amount of time passes, and I fail to ask for: (Check appropriate items): a Martini ______, a Margarita ______, a Scotch and soda ______, a Bloody Mary______, a beer ______, a Gin and Tonic _______, a Glass of Chardonnay ______, a Steak ______, Lobster or crab legs ______, the TV remote control ______, a bowl of ice cream ______, the sports page______, Sex______, or Chocolate_______, it should be presumed that I won’t ever get any better. When such a determination is reached, I hereby instruct my appointed person and attending physicians to pull the plug, reel in the tubes, and call it a day. At this point, it is time to call the New Orleans Jazz Funeral Band to come and do their thing at my funeral, and ask all of my friends to raise their glasses to toast the good times we have had.

Signature:________________________Date:__________

P.S. I hear that in Ireland there is a Nursing Home with a Pub. The patients are happier, and they have a lot more visitors. Some of them don’t even need embalming when their time comes. If anyone knows the name of this happy place, PLEASE pass it on.

Amendment #1:
Should I become incapacitated as described above, DO NOT PULL THE PLUG until after I have voted against Barack Obama by absentee ballot in the November 2012 election.

Schadenfreude on October 6, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Yahoo News is trumpeting this as top headline, as if Obama is rolling in money, confidence and momentum, quoting his own propagandists in headline, i.e., “amazing news” and “record haul” from small donors. Yesterday they blared “Unemployment at 44 month low”, as if Obama had parted the Red Sea and the entire economy had turned around.

Also yesterday they featured a tear-jerking letter from a little kid to Romney about terminating Big Bird.

rrpjr on October 6, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Of course–Yahoo CEO is a big Obama reelection campaign bundler.

RepubChica on October 6, 2012 at 1:30 PM

in an election cycle, far surpassing their previous moth’s total:

Ed I think you mean “month” there

OhioBuckeye7 on October 6, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Of course–Yahoo CEO is a big Obama reelection campaign bundler.

RepubChica on October 6, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Remember back when scientific studies would come out for things like food, environment, or energy and if any trace to funding by a Big Oil, Big Tobacco, Big Food company was found, the media would scream “Company funded study!” “Bogus and slanted!”?

So why is it OK that partisan bundlers and supporters can lay claim to “news” sites without disclosing who they are politically supporting?

AZfederalist on October 6, 2012 at 1:33 PM

You mean those coastal areas where the rich live? But I thought all rich people were Republicans.

Weird.

Left Coast Right Mind on October 6, 2012 at 1:24 PM

One of the great paradoxes in American politics. And here in Marin County, it is ground zero for the paradox. How all these people with all this money can favor Leftist thought is simply beyond me…

JohnGalt23 on October 6, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Should I become incapacitated as described above, DO NOT PULL THE PLUG until after I have voted against Barack Obama by absentee ballot in the November 2012 election.

Schadenfreude on October 6, 2012 at 1:28 PM

:)…are you in a swing state? If you are, I will personally make sure they will not pull the plug before you cast the dang vote:)…

jimver on October 6, 2012 at 1:35 PM

rogerb on October 6, 2012 at 1:21 PM

In a post where I accuse myself of committing welfare fraud and and stealing portable phones from subway passengers, I wouldn’t take any of the other incidental “facts” too seriously, either.

He spent all the money on French bubbly. What you saw was a classic champagne hangover.

urban elitist on October 6, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Ob, no, ne and Mooch are ale deinkers from their own vintage collection lool :), what do they know of remuage and Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin :)….

jimver on October 6, 2012 at 1:25 PM

It’s always bad when you switch from beer to bubbly.

I heard he has a thing for Perrier-Jouet. Although Veuve Cliquot does have that feminist thing going for it as the merry widow revolutionized champagne production by inventing remuage. Could be a pander to the Hillary crowd.

urban elitist on October 6, 2012 at 1:36 PM

How much would a primetime 90 minute pro-Romney infomercial watched by 70 million people cost??? I’m just wondering since Romney got one for free, not to mention all the free press spawned by it.

ReaganWasRight on October 6, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Well R&R had a haul in less than 48 hours after the debate also!

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/10/06/romney-camp-reports-12m-in-online-donations-after-strong-debate-performance/
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letget on October 6, 2012 at 1:46 PM

$181 million.

Looks like we found some of the stimulus money.

BobMbx on October 6, 2012 at 1:49 PM

Crap load of money, and BO’s crap load of money has helped him significantly… but that help only lasted as long as people didn’t know who Mitt was…. they saw Mitt destroy Obama.

$150 million of attack ads down the drain.

Next week, we get to see the VP debate… I expect Joe Biden to have a lot more fight in him than Obama, but hopefully Ryan can be more cogent and believable.

El_Terrible on October 6, 2012 at 1:53 PM

George Soros: Proud owner of a few hundered thousand new international Visa gift cards.

Kataklysmic
on October 6, 2012 at 11:35 AM

.
Late to the thread here, but that was kinda’ my first thought as well.

He could purchase an extra large piece of ground; say … half the size of Rhode Island . . . . . and declare himself a sovereign country.

listens2glenn on October 6, 2012 at 1:55 PM

Looks like we found some of the stimulus money.

BobMbx on October 6, 2012 at 1:49 PM

He doesn’t call them investments for nothing.

RepubChica on October 6, 2012 at 1:56 PM

How much would a primetime 90 minute pro-Romney infomercial watched by 70 million people cost??? I’m just wondering since Romney got one for free, not to mention all the free press spawned by it.

ReaganWasRight on October 6, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Wednesday night, prime time in every time zone except Pacific, on all four broadcast networks, plus all three cable news networks, plus PBS?

Figure for 90 minutes of programming on each of the broadcast nets, you’re talking about 24 minutes of commercials, in normal prime time programming. At $250,000 per thirty second ad slot per network, that would be $48 million, just for the alphabet networks. Probably another half that for the cable news nets, you’re looking at $72 million. And that doesn’t account for inflated rates due to campaign season.

JohnGalt23 on October 6, 2012 at 2:01 PM

It is the MESSAGE!
NOT the MONEY!
Donate to Romney/Ryan
Obama will not win with his money or his loud obtrusive mouth!

A president of the United States should not need practice sessions for debates. A real president would have great command of the facts and this fraud has command of nothing accept what one of his chums calls his “weed” aka stash!

As Martin said, “We shall overcome”!

Delsa on October 6, 2012 at 2:06 PM

It’s always bad when you switch from beer to bubbly.

I heard he has a thing for Perrier-Jouet. Although Veuve Cliquot does have that feminist thing going for it as the merry widow revolutionized champagne production by inventing remuage. Could be a pander to the Hillary crowd.

urban elitist on October 6, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Aww, how cute, lecturing a French in the méthode champenoise that we invented… .the audacity of that, only a silly urban elitist american…:)…btw I run into your types every now and then in my area in Bordeaux/Aquitaine..it cracks me up how they know shite about wines or bruts, but they think they outsmart the locals with their superior wine knowedge :) …the result being that they end up acquiring the most mediocre wines of St Emilion, Sauterne and Medoc, then return home and brag about the great wines they brought from France :)… How do I know that? i am in the wine marketing business (import/export) here in Cali, and when I see what wines and bruts some of the ‘competition’ import from France and try to market here it as ‘za best wines from france’ makes my stomach turn…they too are wiki wine and bruts connoisseurs, just like you, probably :) …and btw, expert, Perrier-Jouët is a pretty feminine champagne (don’t know about feminist, but you you know all about that, don’t you :) not too much fizz either.. Quite fitting for dear leader’s androginous persona :)..now excuse me if I am not certain if androgynous is spelled with an ‘y’ or an ‘i’….will let you do the search :)…

jimver on October 6, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Romney raised $18 million in 48 hours right after the debate. If you extend that out for a whole month it is roughly $180 million which is what Obama raised. How the heck did Obama get that type of enthusiasm for a whole month? Something is fishy. I bet $30 million of that is untraceable credit cards and phony names.

Wigglesworth on October 6, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Why do you think Obama was trying to rush $450 million over to Egypt and the Muslim Brotherhood?

Of course Obama is getting money from all the slush funds he has set-up.

From his “Green Energy” buddies, UAW and all his Muslim Brotherhood homies…..

redguy on October 6, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Something is fishy. I bet $30 million of that is untraceable credit cards and phony names.

Wigglesworth on October 6, 2012 at 2:10 PM

I bet it would be more like 50-60% –

Just like Obama won’t tell you that the real unemployment figure would be 11% if
the labor force was the same size when he took office in 2009….

redguy on October 6, 2012 at 2:15 PM

It’s always bad when you switch from beer to bubbly.

urban elitist on October 6, 2012 at 1:36 PM

yep, that coupled with the thin air in Denver did dear leader in on Wed :), or more elegantly put it, f…ed him over :)….hopefully the air in Hempstead is not that thin :)… And hey, maybe he should stick to his own production ale :)…and give up on fizzy widows :)…

jimver on October 6, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Figure for 90 minutes of programming on each of the broadcast nets, you’re talking about 24 minutes of commercials, in normal prime time programming. At $250,000 per thirty second ad slot per network, that would be $48 million, just for the alphabet networks. Probably another half that for the cable news nets, you’re looking at $72 million. And that doesn’t account for inflated rates due to campaign season.

JohnGalt23 on October 6, 2012 at 2:01 PM

Interesting, but we’re not just talking about 24 minutes of commercials, this was a 90 minute whooping. Easily worth more than $100 million

Plus Romney got a lot free advertising on all the news having to admit that Romney won 67-25%.

El_Terrible on October 6, 2012 at 2:21 PM

Apparently Romney raised 12 millions in 48 hours after the debate….headline on Drudge…

jimver on October 6, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Success has 1001 fathers.

Schadenfreude on October 6, 2012 at 2:28 PM

It’s always bad when you switch from beer to bubbly.

urbane effetist on October 6, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Not if you know how to do it right (or how to do it Left, in your case). Try a drink I discovered a few years back in the State O’bamna claims to have been born in. Did you know the Royal family there used to eat dogs too?

Guamosa

3 parts bubbly
1 part guava nectar

Variation: add a splash of pineapple juice.

Del Dolemonte on October 6, 2012 at 2:36 PM

Some are wondering whether the odd Saturday morning release might have something to do with a donor-scandal story that may pop in the next few days. …

Well duh.

CW on October 6, 2012 at 2:45 PM

jimver on October 6, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Wasn’t lecturing you at all. Rather, making a pandering joke.

You’re so sensitive. How French!

You might be amused (or might not) to know that my francophilia has been much mocked on this site in the past.

I picked Perrier-Jouët, btw, because (since I was picking more or less at random) the name has certain poetry to it, not out of any particular affection for it. I don’t drink much Champagne.

In response to your — likely accurate — criticism of the palate of many Americans, I will say that I’ve found that sometimes the French go of out of their way to try to dump the foul stuff on us tourists.

I once went to a wine tasting in Beaune, where they were clearly trying to pawn off wine that was thin, tasteless and even corked on the tourists. And no doubt they sold some.

If you have any recommendations for good Right Bank Bordeaux, btw, I’d be happy to hear them. Not pretending to be a connoisseur, but I do know a little bit and still think that — outside Grand Cru Bordeaux and some Burgundies — the French produce the best wine for the dollar in the world.

urban elitist on October 6, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Interesting, but we’re not just talking about 24 minutes of commercials, this was a 90 minute whooping. Easily worth more than $100 million

Plus Romney got a lot free advertising on all the news having to admit that Romney won 67-25%.

El_Terrible on October 6, 2012 at 2:21 PM

Agreed. The figures I gave were (extremely rough) estimates of just what it would cost the Romney campaign to purchase the airtime. Real tough to put a financial price on the performance he gave. One might call it priceless

JohnGalt23 on October 6, 2012 at 2:52 PM

Obama was reading from his TOTUS after the desastrous debate.

Credit goes to Jon Favreau. He leads the WH speechwriting team.

Without Favreau’s writings and the TOTUS, Obama is lost.

Schadenfreude on October 6, 2012 at 2:58 PM

Foreign.

Bmore on October 6, 2012 at 2:59 PM

$181 million.

Looks like we found some of the stimulus money.

BobMbx on October 6, 2012 at 1:49 PM

Its the kickback from Solyndra graft, parked since in Caymans. Plenty more to come, they moved more than a TRILLION out via TARP I and II.

riddick on October 6, 2012 at 3:03 PM

More money to blow on blows and weed.

bayview on October 6, 2012 at 3:28 PM

Where are these small donations coming from? Who are these fools? Or is what we’re seeing a cycling of money from those of us who pay taxes to gooberment dependents or “workers” who then turn around and give it to Barky?

natasha333 on October 6, 2012 at 3:50 PM

The Post’s Dan Eggen notes that the Romney campaign and RNC have told the media that donations have zoomed upward since Mitt Romney’s convincing win over Barack Obama on Wednesday night.

All I can tell you is that anecdotelly here in the bluest of the blue parts of Virginia I actually am beginning to see Romney bumper stickers. I don’t dare do it myself because I fear my car would be keyed by an Obama supporter in the name of democracy or something but to see any GOP signage is odd.

As to the looming Obama donor scandal, it may be embarrassing to them but campaign finance is so complicated and so inside baseball that unless the Washington Examiner has hard details, this story will be as ignored as Fast and Furious or Susan Rice lying her ass off on Sunday talk shows.

Happy Nomad on October 6, 2012 at 4:01 PM

Chicago style donations. Ya don’t talk, ya don’t get hurt.

joecollins on October 6, 2012 at 4:02 PM

I’m in San Mateo county half way between San Francisco and San Jose. Although there is significantly less enthusiasm for Obama in the Bay Area, I see no way that Romney can take California. Too much white guilt and brain dead liberalism where ignorance and arrogance are a virtue. Romney should concentrate on Ohio, Virginia, Florida and the other swing states where this election will be won. California would just be a distraction and waste of time and money. If the stars align just right and Romney were to win California, it will happen whether he campaigns here or not.

mpthompson on October 6, 2012 at 4:04 PM

I wouldn’t take any of the other incidental “facts” too seriously, either

urban elitist on October 6, 2012 at 1:36 PM

I prefer Androids.

urban elitist on October 6, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Occam’s Razor. Why lie one way or the other about a phone? I don’t care, of course, and God bless America for iphones and Androids and the first-world problem of hipness being compromised by one or the other, but it’s odd you’d disassociate yourself like that. Are iphones less hip this month?

(Nice response to a (D)-supporters-lack-values-and-will-readily-lie-about-minutiae post btw.)

rogerb on October 6, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm……….

Super PACs
Totals for 2011-2012 Cycle
***************************

Independent Expenditures: $329,396,027.66
Total Receipts: $390,931,051.08
Negative spending (opposes a candidate): 73%
Positive spending (supports a candidate): 26%

This table shows all independent expenditure-only committees–better known as super PACs–that have raised at least $10,000 since the beginning of 2011. The totals, listed above, are for all super PACs. Click on the ‘FEC filings’ links to see the original filings on the Federal Election Commission’s web site. For the much longer list of all superpacs click here.

Click on each super PAC’s name in the left column to see breakdowns of their spending, including aggregate amounts spent supporting or opposing individual candidates, and a chronological list of all their individual independent expenditure filings with the Federal Election Commission.
=================================

http://reporting.sunlightfoundation.com/outside-spending/

canopfor on October 6, 2012 at 4:32 PM

It’s coming from a slush fund these punks created with some of deficits they have been running up.

Sporty1946 on October 6, 2012 at 4:34 PM

LIVING WILL FORM

I, ____________, being of sound mind and body, do not wish to be kept alive indefinitely by artificial means. Under no circumstances should my fate be put in the hands of pinhead partisan politicians who couldn’t pass ninth-grade biology if their lives depended on it, or lawyers/doctors/hospitals interested in simply running up the bills.

If after a reasonable amount of time passes, and I fail to ask for: (Check appropriate items): a Martini ______, a Margarita ______, a Scotch and soda ______, a Bloody Mary______, a beer ______, a Gin and Tonic _______, a Glass of Chardonnay ______, a Steak ______, Lobster or crab legs ______, the TV remote control ______, a bowl of ice cream ______, the sports page______, Sex______, or Chocolate_______, it should be presumed that I won’t ever get any better. When such a determination is reached, I hereby instruct my appointed person and attending physicians to pull the plug, reel in the tubes, and call it a day. At this point, it is time to call the New Orleans Jazz Funeral Band to come and do their thing at my funeral, and ask all of my friends to raise their glasses to toast the good times we have had.

Signature:________________________Date:__________

P.S. I hear that in Ireland there is a Nursing Home with a Pub. The patients are happier, and they have a lot more visitors. Some of them don’t even need embalming when their time comes. If anyone knows the name of this happy place, PLEASE pass it on.

Amendment #1:
Should I become incapacitated as described above, DO NOT PULL THE PLUG until after I have voted against Barack Obama by absentee ballot in the November 2012 election.

Schadenfreude on October 6, 2012 at 1:28 PM

The 2009 version I have on my kitchen table lists glass of wine, chocolate, margarita, s*x, martini, cold beer, chocolate, chicken fried steak, cream gravy, s*x, mexican food, chocolate, french fries, chocolate, pizza, s*x, ice cream, coffee, chocolate, chocolate, sex, chocolate. Which leads me to the inescapable conclusion that I need to either 1)clean house or 2) make a chocolate run. Decisions, decisions…

And everyone that can early vote please do so, just in case.

talkingpoints on October 6, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Occam’s Razor. Why lie one way or the other about a phone? I don’t care, of course, and God bless America for iphones and Androids and the first-world problem of hipness being compromised by one or the other, but it’s odd you’d disassociate yourself like that. Are iphones less hip this month?

(Nice response to a (D)-supporters-lack-values-and-will-readily-lie-about-minutiae post btw.)

rogerb on October 6, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Android indeed seems vaguely hipper at the moment and so, when writing fiction, I chose whatever seemed good. I think it’s the umlaut that does it.

If you were unable to discern the sarcasm in the “lack values” post, I’ll work to be more transparent in the future.

urban elitist on October 6, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Chicago has a lot of dead voters, I wonder if they’ve discovered the Internet in the afterlife and have been donating money as well…

Harry Reid laid out the template. We know Team Obama is breaking federal election laws and it is up to them to show their server’s IP address log to prove they are not.

R Square on October 6, 2012 at 5:00 PM

“There is exactly one month left to go until Election Day,” Messina wrote in his e-mail. “The stakes are too high for us to take our foot off the gas now. Chip in . . . and let’s go win.”

I guess the rising gas prices are requiring much more election donation fraud this year.

astonerii on October 6, 2012 at 5:10 PM

I bet they sold a lot of these.

bloggless on October 6, 2012 at 5:42 PM

This means the money in politics is awful story will go away now.

Moesart on October 6, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Only Around 2% of Donations Reportable

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/10/06/windfall-obama-raises-181-million-only-2-reportable

jjrakman on October 6, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Hooray for Hollywood.

minnesoter on October 6, 2012 at 6:44 PM

The Saudis, South American drug cartels and rerouted stimulus money isw where this is coming from.

sonnyspats1 on October 6, 2012 at 6:58 PM

give egypt a billion…egypt gives you 10%

John Kettlewell on October 6, 2012 at 7:18 PM

Newsweek is the whistleblower on Monday for the scandal

Conservative4ev on October 6, 2012 at 7:22 PM

Remember the lefties who were crying a couple months back that campaign donations weren’t fair. And presidents should be able to raise as much money as they wanted. Wonder if they still feel that way?

The Notorious G.O.P on October 6, 2012 at 7:40 PM

Aww, how cute, lecturing a French in the méthode champenoise that we invented… .the audacity of that, only a silly urban elitist american…:)

*Etc etc etc*

jimver on October 6, 2012 at 2:06 PM

I enjoyed reading that big concrete driveway of smackdown.

RushBaby on October 6, 2012 at 7:55 PM

After Obama’s debate performance, I wonder how many of those donors are wishing they could get a refund.

Bitter Clinger on October 6, 2012 at 7:58 PM

Why would Obama have a record breaking month when his politics and popularity are waning? I’d be willing to bet that tens of millions is coming in from the Saudis, Egypt, China, Venezuela…No way in hell this guy is bringing in that money domestically. I’m convinced that is how he won in 2008.

Nozzle on October 6, 2012 at 8:05 PM

Why would Obama have a record breaking month when his politics and popularity are waning? I’d be willing to bet that tens of millions is coming in from the Saudis, Egypt, China, Venezuela…No way in hell this guy is bringing in that money domestically. I’m convinced that is how he won in 2008.

Nozzle on October 6, 2012 at 8:05 PM

We will find out on Monday with the scandal break, I heard its actually newsweek that said screw you we are running the story

Conservative4ev on October 6, 2012 at 8:11 PM

So 3.4 million people donated to his campaign in one month? (If you divide 181 million by $53. I’m calling BS on that.

Nicole Coulter on October 6, 2012 at 8:17 PM

Conservative4ev on October 6, 2012 at 8:11 PM

I hear you, but I don’t have any faith in today’s journalists to protect our Republic. In point of fact, they seem quite willing to sell out the Republic to maintain power in the hands of their masters in the democrat party. Obama’s foreign leanings are well known. He is exactly the kind of leader the founding fathers wanted to save us from with the “natural born” requirement for President. Obama may technically meet the natural born requirement, I don’t want to get into that argument, and yet his mother was clearly anti-American. She chose to move overseas and marry a foreigner after having a child by another foreigner. Obama is therefore a foreigner in disposition if not in fact. None of us should be surprised if we find out that he has been receiving tens of millions from overseas powers who wish to sway our electorate…He is probably the most dangerous President we have ever had in this regard. I hope to god that we are saved from having this man re-elected. The integrity of our system is hanging in the balance…

Nozzle on October 6, 2012 at 8:48 PM

I remember when the left wailed and gnashed their teeth when Scott Walker bought his way to surviving the recall election. Obama raises 181 million and they’re giddy schoolgirls. The hypocrisy runs deep.

Fish on October 6, 2012 at 8:49 PM

You gotta wonder how much of that money is from the mid-east funneled in small donation by credit cards from obama/saudi friendly banks,its what they do.

rodguy911 on October 6, 2012 at 8:50 PM

Conservative4ev on October 6, 2012 at 8:11 PM

I hear you, but I don’t have any faith in today’s journalists to protect our Republic. In point of fact, they seem quite willing to sell out the Republic to maintain power in the hands of their masters in the democrat party. Obama’s foreign leanings are well known. He is exactly the kind of leader the founding fathers wanted to save us from with the “natural born” requirement for President. Obama may technically meet the natural born requirement, I don’t want to get into that argument, and yet his mother was clearly anti-American. She chose to move overseas and marry a foreigner after having a child by another foreigner. Obama is therefore a foreigner in disposition if not in fact. None of us should be surprised if we find out that he has been receiving tens of millions from overseas powers who wish to sway our electorate…He is probably the most dangerous President we have ever had in this regard. I hope to god that we are saved from having this man re-elected. The integrity of our system is hanging in the balance…

Nozzle on October 6, 2012 at 8:48 PM

well said you said it all.

rodguy911 on October 6, 2012 at 8:51 PM

As you suggest, Ed, the burn rate is critical. It costs a lot to print millions of phony early-voting and absentte ballots. Stealing elections is not a low cost operation.

2ndMAW68 on October 6, 2012 at 9:07 PM

Why, yes,indeed I am…très French :-)…

You might be amused (or might not) to know that my francophilia has been much mocked on this site in the past.

I am…amused :). If you are to be mocked for your Francophilia, better be authentic French, then you learn to take it with pride :-)…though to be honest, only once someone on this forum called me a Bastiat hater or something, which is ludicrous, since he is one of my favourite French political economists and writers/thinkers, and a fellow Aquitanis (he’s from Bayonne)..and also, the same poster said something that I was fond of the ENS system (the École Normale Supérieure) which ironically enough I detest more than anything and ran from, as from the entire french public uni system (I chose to study in the UK instead)…but that’s pretty much all I had to endure here, as a French :-)…not too bad…

In response to your — likely accurate — criticism of the palate of many Americans, I will say that I’ve found that sometimes the French go of out of their way to try to dump the foul stuff on us tourists.

Yeah, arguably, they do that mainly to silly and uninformed tourists (easy to detect un petit accent :), bad wines have to sell too :-)…these types of tourists that I have in mind think of themselves as vrais connoisseurs en vins just because they took a trip to France and are too busy displaying their ‘superior’ knowledge of wines (more likely mediocrity) than to actually open their ears and eyes and pay attention when they cruise and browse the chateaux and clos in the wine regions of France…don’t know if you ever took one of the wine tours in Gironde (either Ludon-Medoc or St Emilion, Pomerol, Sauternes), they are not as mass-touristic as the wine trails in Napa, rather open to small scale, individual tourism. These tours are by appointment only and for small groups (they are busy making the good wine :). Most of the American tourists who go there do one or the other of these wine tours, my family has a grand cru clos there and they get Americans tourists quite often. My point is, if they actually bother to listen and pay attention, they can get a comprehensive crash course in grands crus wines on these tours, which would make them immune to charlatans and to vendors who try to push bad wines on them…but for most part they don’t listen and they end up bringing the bad French wines to America :)…

jimver on October 6, 2012 at 9:33 PM

Someone once thought Waterworld was a good investment too.

So it’s Newsweek breaking the Obama fundraising fraud story? Delicious if true. Will the media spike the story from one of their own? If this is the real deal, Obama is gone and the Senate is ours.

The Count on October 6, 2012 at 9:36 PM

Yeah, but how many of them since Wednesday have asked for refunds?

Drum on October 6, 2012 at 10:43 PM

This is even more blatant than 2008. They don’t even bother hiding it this time.

In my county, where barry won with over 75% of the vote, I have not seen a single sign for O/B.. I only saw one car decal last month for barry/biden. There are signs for state and local D candidates, but none for bho. Romney/Ryan signs are popping up alot this week.

lonestar1 on October 6, 2012 at 11:48 PM

The Saudis are not giving this yahoo one dime! They want a strong America not a weak America supporting the enemies of if the region IE Iran and now a very dangerous Egypt!

No doubt the money Obama is getting is illegal. The man belongs behind bars along with the rest of his administration!

Delsa on October 6, 2012 at 11:52 PM

And I might add, the United Arab Emirates are not giving Obama any money either! Under Obama’s reign of terror the region has become a dangerous place for those friendly to the United States.

Delsa on October 6, 2012 at 11:57 PM

More money to blow on blows and weed.

bayview on October 6, 2012 at 3:28 PM

No joke. I’ve been thinking. Obama smokes cigs and he probably still smokes weed, right? And he has indulged in blow … Obama probably had a dozen choom gangs in his life and this office of the pres is just the latest. It would explain a lot. His bummed out attitude and all the “uh”s. I think Obo , ValJar ,DW, Mooch,Geitner and Axlerod are probably partying and drugging it up right now. Naked.

BoxHead1 on October 7, 2012 at 4:08 AM

The Patriot Post raises some eyebrows over this peculiar haul, too.

The Obama campaign dropped a bombshell this morning. It announced that, combined with the DNC, the campaign raised a staggering $181 million in September. The windfall is a huge increase over July and August, when the campaign raised around $100 million, although it is slightly down from the $193 million it raised in September 2008. The news should raise eyebrows.

The campaign said that just over 1.8 million people made donations to the campaign last month. According to the campaign, over 500k of these were brand-new donors, having neither given in 2008 nor 2012. 98% of contributions were under the reporting threshold of $250. Of these, the average contribution was $53.

Its really a tale of two worlds. 35k people gave an average of $2,600, while just over 1.7 million people gave an average of $53. Half the campaign’s haul came from people giving around the maximum amount and half from people who don’t have to be disclosed. Seems a bit odd.

Read more: http://patriotupdate.com/30576/windfall-obama-raises-181-million-only-around-2-of-donations-reportable-2#ixzz28c2aTuuO

That’s a lot of “folks” who gave up their graduation and wedding gifts, eh?

Sorry, but the enthusiasm for Obysmal is just not there to justify this haul.

onlineanalyst on October 7, 2012 at 7:46 AM

My error in posting: The last two lines were my own observations, not part of the quotation.

onlineanalyst on October 7, 2012 at 7:47 AM

Update: Some are wondering whether the odd Saturday morning release might have something to do with a donor-scandal story that may pop in the next few days. We’ll keep an eye on that.

You are not referring to 08 when 300-500 million in small donations from the mid-east were received via pre-paid credit cards from specific banks in the mid-east. Couldn’t be that could it?
And could Benghazi-gate, the entire thing,letting terrorists have just enough intel and withholding security for Stevens just enough have been just a diversion. While the regime filled their coffers with mid-east money in plain sight?Is that what you are referring to?

rodguy911 on October 7, 2012 at 9:02 AM

That’s a lot of “folks” who gave up their graduation and wedding gifts, eh?

Sorry, but the enthusiasm for Obysmal is just not there to justify this haul.

onlineanalyst on October 7, 2012 at 7:46 AM

Amen. Even in the Chicago area, there are signs of weakness. Latest We Ask America polls – the only org that is doing any polling in Illinois, as far as I can tell – has some interesting results. These come from before the last debate.

In Illinois 10th Congressional District, a district Obama won by 23 points last go around, Obama is only up by three and is below 50%. And the Illinois Dems redrew this district to be even more Democratic than it was, and Obama is still only up by three.

In Crook County, Obama is up but not by as much as last election. The telling point is that while he is up 62-38 in the City of Chicago, in suburban areas of the county he is down to Romney!

Back on topic, Obama has been running ads on Chicago cable like crazy, begging for people to donate $10 by texting a number from their cell phones. I hear he is running this same ad in other markets as well. I wonder how much he is making from those ads, and how much he is spending on those ads? I would assume anything he makes from those ads would not have to be reported, and could be the reason his average donation amount is so low and how he had so many low dollar donors.

italianguy626 on October 7, 2012 at 9:12 AM

The Politico is reporting that the Obama camp claims possess an almost $1 BILLION war chest, as of Sept.

I find this Obama campaign total to be highly dubious in light of the fact that in 2008 – during the fever pitch of ‘hope n change’ – the COMBINED amount raised by McCain AND Obama camps was $1.1 billion, which made 2008 the most expensive purchase of the W.H. EVUH.

http://www.opensecrets.org/pres08/index.php

And here it is, 4 years later, in the aftermath of the Great Recession, during the WORST recovery since WWII, with Obama approval numbers below 50, swing states still in contention, polls even, within error margin, and the Obama camp is claiming a war chest of almost $1 billion.

I find this Obama campaign total to be highly dubious. Time will tell.

locomotivebreath1901 on October 7, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Romney/Ryan 2012 should joke that, with $1 Billion in his campaign chest, Obama looks a lot more like part of the wealthy 1% than part of the middle class they’ve been burying for the past 3 and 1/2 years.

mountainaires on October 7, 2012 at 11:20 AM

The Politico is reporting that the Obama camp claims possess an almost $1 BILLION war chest, as of Sept.

I find this Obama campaign total to be highly dubious in light of the fact that in 2008 – during the fever pitch of ‘hope n change’ – the COMBINED amount raised by McCain AND Obama camps was $1.1 billion, which made 2008 the most expensive purchase of the W.H. EVUH.

http://www.opensecrets.org/pres08/index.php

And here it is, 4 years later, in the aftermath of the Great Recession, during the WORST recovery since WWII, with Obama approval numbers below 50, swing states still in contention, polls even, within error margin, and the Obama camp is claiming a war chest of almost $1 billion.

I find this Obama campaign total to be highly dubious. Time will tell.

locomotivebreath1901 on October 7, 2012 at 10:46 AM
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Its easy to get that kind of money if you have friends in the mid-east who own banks and have lots of oil revenue,and know how to funnel small prepaid credit cards through their banks a little at a time until they really add up. All the while knowing it worked in 08 and will undoubtedly work again today. And if they get caught,well just say they are sorry and won’t do it again.

rodguy911 on October 7, 2012 at 11:32 AM

More money to blow on blows and weed.

bayview on October 6, 2012 at 3:28 PM

Yep, I have no doubt he gets regular shipments of primo Hawaiian wee-wee.

slickwillie2001 on October 7, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Obama = Crooked Money . . . seems like a balanced equation to me.

rplat on October 7, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Delsa on October 6, 2012 at 11:52 PM

Nope! Hussein in EXACTLY the brand of muslim Saudis and Quatar and UAE love – Syria is a good example, where head-choppers receiving 1k for each beheaded Christian are close to receive some 450 millions “non-lethal” aid, posing as freedom figters.

Klintons are also involved, big time. As a response to their actions, Bush best friend Bandar was blown up to pieces. Power and money corrupt.. and also good-doers can go a long way supporting murderers, sadly.

Rookie on October 7, 2012 at 2:11 PM

Romney raised $18 million in 48 hours right after the debate. If you extend that out for a whole month it is roughly $180 million which is what Obama raised. How the heck did Obama get that type of enthusiasm for a whole month? Something is fishy. I bet $30 million of that is untraceable credit cards and phony names.

Wigglesworth on October 6, 2012 at 2:10 PM
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Since you brought it up its about to get hot for the regime.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2941478/posts

To: Snuph

Here’s a post from the link above.
so 709,520 people donated $250 each to Zero in September.

Actually, it’s even more people than that. They reported 1.8 million donors.

35k people gave an average of $2,600, while just over 1.7 million people gave an average of $53. Half the campaign’s haul came from people giving around the maximum amount and half from people who don’t have to be disclosed.

Contributions under $200 don’t have to be disclosed, but the campaign still has to keep track of the donor’s name, in case subsequent donations push their contribution over the reporting threshold.

For contributions under $50, however, the campaign doesn’t even have to keep track of the donor’s name. It is effectively considered a “petty cash” donation. A person could theoretically make 10 $49 donations and never be reported, even though their total contributions are above the FEC’s reporting threshold.

With an average donation of $53 from small donors, Obama has A LOT of donors who will never be disclosed and whose names aren’t even known to the campaign.

Most of that info from here: Windfall: Obama Raises $181 Million, Only Around 2% of Donations Reportable.

But, one thing to keep in mind: The Obama campaign has turned off name and address verification. You can put any name or address you want on the online form. As long as it is a valid credit card number, it will go through.

This opens the door for several forms of election fraud:

You can make multiple donations, with different names.
You can make multiple donations with a pre-loaded debit card, after buying them at Wal-Mart or any grocery store with another credit card or cash.
You can make donations from a foreign account.

I suspect that some of these issues are what will be hitting the news in the next 24 hours. The question is whether the Kneepad Media will cover it. If not, Ryan and Romney should figure out a way to insert it into the debate. That will get it past the Kneepad Media’s filter.
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Sounds just like the millions of $25 prepaid gift debit card contributions bought by Soros and the Saudis in 2008.

rodguy911 on October 7, 2012 at 2:42 PM

President Obama is coming back to his California ATM, yet again, on Monday (Oct. 8) for another fundraising tour:

President Barack Obama will hold a fundraising concert and rally Monday night at San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, featuring musical performances by John Legend and Michael Franti.

On Monday morning, Obama will be in Keene, near Bakersfield, to announce the establishment of the César E. Chávez National Monument on the property known as Nuestra Señora Reina de la Paz (Our Lady Queen of Peace).

Obama has fundraisers scheduled for Sunday in Los Angeles. He’ll spend Monday night in San Francisco after the fundraisers there. He’ll fly out Tuesday morning to Ohio for a rally at Ohio State University in Columbus.

http://www.mercurynews.com/presidentelect/ci_21710381/president-barack-obamas-san-francisco-events-headlined-by

If you are near San Francisco on Monday, come join the San Francisco Tea Party to um, er, ah “welcome” the President.

“Say Good-Bye to President Eye Candy” Protest!

Monday, October 8th
Corner of McAllister and Polk, San Francisco
5:30 PM

http://www.sanfranciscoteaparty.org/

If you are near Keene/Bakersfield or Los Angeles, please let us all know how you plan to welcome the President to your city.

If Conservatives can rally to protest President Obama in deep blue San Francisco, surely you can muster even bigger protests in your cities!

wren on October 7, 2012 at 2:56 PM

I expect Joe Biden to have a lot more fight in him than Obama, but hopefully Ryan can be more cogent and believable.

El_Terrible on October 6, 2012 at 1:53 PM

Its going to be like Tyson in his prime verse Ali right now. Ryan will maul Plugs Biden like a drunken German tourist falling in a tiger cage. If Raddatz attempts to help out Biden like Leher tried with 0bama, she will probably lose an arm.

Wolftech on October 7, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Frankly, after the complete lie that was the unemployment report this week…coupled with everything else that is a total lie from these people…I’m callin’ total bullshit on these numbers as well.

In fact, I call ‘Shenanigans’ on this whole, entire Admininstration from start to finish.

(I personally hope they DID raise more leftist money than ever in history…and they spend every, single, ridiculous, red cent on this campaign…and then O loses in a landslide a-la ‘Carter v. Reagan’. Something about completely stupid people throwing their money away…really makes me smile in an evil, schaudenfruedian kinda way.)

a5minmajor on October 7, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Wow, Obama down to 62.5 on Intrade. That’s almost 5 points just today. Could this be due to the rumors the HUGE donor scandal is breaking tomorrow?

mitchellvii on October 7, 2012 at 9:05 PM

Love it when the left is pouring money down a rat hole and I also loved the hour and a half of uncut TV of the debate that drew the cover off the media lies of the last four years.

mixplix on October 8, 2012 at 8:46 AM

Urban, sorry I am late in responding – Obama’s campaign turns off the authentication software to verify the card and name on the card match. That is a fact, they did it in 08 and have done it again. The reason for doing this is only for one reason. It allows the foreign money to come through essentially non-verifiable. It is credit card fraud with the person being defrauded essentially not caring. In fact, I would recommend everyone check your statements because occasionally, and quite rare, the number generator they use to move all the funds around in multiple transactions gets a live card. There were some reports of that in ’08. This isn’t a bunch of physical pre-paid visa cards.

Democrats profess to care about the little guy – they do not. Urban, the man you support is a crook. Has been a crook since every Chicago pol is a crook – even the token republicans – and your support of him suggests you don’t care about the truth he is a crook.

WHich is why I say no one will care – those who are offended already aren’t voting for Obama, those who are voting for him eithier won’t know about it – the Obama phone matron – and the others believe in supporting the cause.

Democrats at a national level care for nothing but power, graft and control.

Zomcon JEM on October 8, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Well look at the bright side for just on second.
“A fool and his money are soon parted.”

Only thing is Obama does the same thing with ours as his.

So, if we the people re-elect him, we know who the bigger fools are.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on October 8, 2012 at 4:12 PM

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