Most of us recall the 2008 election, when Barack Obama busted the limits of fundraising and spending — and became the first presidential candidate since Watergate to opt out of the public system. He raised over $770 million and swamped out Republican nominee John McCain, hitting a record for fundraising in a single month in September 2008 with $150 million.
Well, most of us remember that pretty well. Obama, on the other hand, whined about being outspent in both the 2004 Senate race and the 2008 presidential contest:
“I got outspent when I ran [the] first time for Senate,” he claimed as he was ending his heated campaign-trail speech in Maumee, Ohio.
Obama was misleading.
The Federal Election Committee’s website shows that Obama’s campaign claimed $14,807,432 in donations by December 2004.
In contrast, his opponent, Alan Keyes, had only $2,545,325, according to the FEC.
That’s a six-fold advantage for Obama, not a deficit.
And the Daily Caller also corrected Obama’s claim about 2008:
In a second speech June 5, Obama compounded his misleading claim by declaring that he was outspent in the 2008 presidential race.
“The thing that I want everybody here to understand – each of you personally — is that back in 2008, everybody said we couldn’t do it because we were outspent,” he said during a 4.12 p.m. speech in Sandusky, Ohio.
Obama did not correct the claim, although he immediately revised it, by adding that “we weren’t favored.”
During the 2008 race, Obama raised $779 million. His GOP rival, Sen. John McCain, raised less than half as much, or $347 million.
In the Democratic primary, Obama raised $237 million, while his rival, Sen. Hillary Clinton, raised $229 million.
At some point, most of us think that a man who raised that much cash has done enough whining.
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