Among the many, many false narratives Barack Obama successfully perpetrated on the American public in 2008 with the help of a compliant and fawning media was the notion that Obama’s election was the result of “small donors” and a grassroots fundraising movement.
It all was part of the political mythology of Obama.
In fact, as discussed before, small donors made up no greater a proportion of Obama’s donors than of George Bush’s donors.
For 2012, Obama plans to raise one billion dollars for his re-election campaign, as sum which dwarfs even the $750 million he raised in 2008. Based on his early fundraising start, Obama’s campaign may be able to raise that sum without having to turn off the security features on his credit card donation portal, as it did in 2008.
The Obama money machine already has left the 2012 gate, and true to form, big donors are the target. As reported by Politico:
President Barack Obama’s 2012 fundraising team has begun nailing down major cash commitments from top donors during a coast-to-coast “listening” tour — the surest sign to date that the vaunted Obama money machine is back in business.
Former White House deputy chief of staff Jim Messina, along with Hollywood producer-turned-Democratic fundraiser Rufus Gifford, has been aggressively recruiting big-money contributors who maxed out to the 2008 campaigns of Obama and Hillary Clinton, donors and party officials told POLITICO.
One of their pitches: an offer to join a new “National Finance Council,” which would entail a contribution to the Democratic National Committee of up to $61,600 per couple, per year. That money could be used to fund support operations for Obama’s reelection effort, in addition to smaller donations they would be expected to make directly to Obama’s as-yet-unincorporated Chicago-based campaign, according to donors.
The decision to ask for the DNC’s $61,600 up front, while hardly unprecedented, has taken some Democratic fundraisers by surprise. In part, that’s because it comes so early in the cycle — before any clear GOP frontrunner has emerged.
Nothing can change the voracious Obama appetite for campaign money, but the Politico report is a good sign that perhaps the mainstream media — and I moved Politico into that camp several weeks ago — will be more revealing in its willingness to expose the Obama campaign mythology.
Obama is the true candidate of big money. Always has been, always will be.