12:21 PM, Apr 17, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
President Obama appears to be the best there ever was when it comes to raising cash. But that’s because he works so hard at it. As James Oliphant of Government Executive reports:
After two separate recent events in Houston, President Obama has attended 373 fundraisers during his five-plus years in office. That's just about one every five days or so. Assuming he speaks for close to 15 minutes at each event, that's well more than 5,000 presidential minutes consumed by the dirty business of asking people for money. And that doesn't include the prep, the glad-handing and hobnobbing, the photos, the private asides, the travel.
This puts him ahead of the pack, given that:
At this point in his presidency, George W. Bush, a true grip-and-grin guy if there's ever been one, had attended just 200 such events … [Obama] is, in fact, way ahead of the second-term fundraising efforts of not only Bush but also of Bill Clinton, another man who could work a room.
There would be a point, one thinks, at which all this demagoguing for dough becomes unseemly and we can surely expect the mainstream media to alert us when, and if, President Obama approaches it. Meanwhile, there is this to think about.
The president came into office pledged to heal the nation’s suppurating political wounds. To pacify its angry heart and so on and so forth.
But you don’t do that when you are out raising political money. That is an exercise that calls for throwing lots of red meat to the hungry partisans and getting them to believe that unless they write those checks, the barbarians will be soon inside the gates.
President Obama has raised a lot of money but in doing so he has also raised, considerably, the nation’s political fevers.
10:41 AM, Apr 14, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Michelle Nunn, the presumptive Democratic nominee for an open Senate seat in Georgia, has raised $2.4 million in the first quarter of 2014. The Associated Press reports:
A spokesman for Democrat Michelle Nunn says she'll report about $2.4 million in contributions, her strongest fundraising quarter to date in her bid for Georgia's open U.S. Senate seat.
12:15 PM, Apr 7, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Karen Handel, the former secretary of state of Georgia, has raised $200,000 in the past two weeks for her campaign for Senate, according to a spokesman. The cash-strapped Republican, who is facing better financed primary opponents, has raised more in that time than she had in the previous quarter.
12:26 PM, Mar 3, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The ongoing crisis in Ukraine is not slowing down the president. Barack Obama will travel to Boston on Wednesday for Democratic National Committee events, the White House announced today.
President Obama to Travel to Boston
10:43 AM, Jan 23, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Republican congressman Tom Cotton, a candidate for U.S. Senate, raised more money in the last quarter of 2013 than his Democratic opponent, incumbent Mark Pryor. The Hill reports that Cotton, a first-term House member, raised $1.2 million dollars at the end of last year, compared to Pryor's $1.1 million.
5:42 PM, Nov 25, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
At a stop in San Francisco on a three-day fund raising swing along the West Coast, President Obama said during a speech that "sometimes people forget I'm not running for office again." The president was talking about Republicans in Congress and the immigration reform that he is trying to get through the House:
12:22 PM, Oct 23, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
In his latest fundraising email to supporters, President Barack Obama says, "Michelle and I will be fine no matter what happens" in the election. Instead, Obama's trying to win the contest "for our country and middle-class families."
Here's the full pitch:
I don't want to lose this election.
Do you owe the Obama campaign money? By the way, political campaigns know what porn sites you frequent. 1:56 PM, Oct 16, 2012 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
A few weeks ago, I inveighed against the increasingly Orwellian psychological tactics being employed by the Obama campaign. It didn't seem like things could get much worse than asking you to upload photos of your personal pledges to the president, and smart phone apps that show maps telling you the political affiliation of your neighbors.
I was wrong. So very, very wrong. Here's the email I recently got from the Obama campaign:
12:14 PM, Aug 26, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
In a fundraising email to prospective donors, President Obama says, "This is critical." Obama explains that he is being outspent in states likes Iowa by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
Here's the entire email:
When I'm out there talking to voters, we talk about what we've done, what we plan to do over the next four years, and why the other guys have dangerous plans to go back to the policies that failed America for almost a decade.
6:00 AM, Aug 22, 2012 • By JAY COST
Earlier this week, we received final fundraising totals for the month of July – and the numbers were quite a shocker. The Republican side of the campaign (a joint effort between Mitt Romney and the Republican National Committee) raised a total of $101.3 million dollars, and has $185.9 million in the bank. Meanwhile, the joint effort of President Obama and the Democratic National Committee raised $75 million and has $95.8 million in the bank.
12:06 PM, Aug 21, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
The latest fundraising plea from First Lady Michelle Obama for Barack Obama's reelection campaign:
Before you go to bed tonight, do me a favor and read Barack's note.
12:47 PM, Aug 11, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
It has not even been 4 hours, and already the Romney campaign claims it has raised $1.2 million since announcing Paul Ryan as VP. From Press secretary Andrea Saul: