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Looks like Obama may be the billion dollar candidate after all

Looks like Obama may be the billion dollar candidate after all

Early in the campaign cycle Obama’s team repeatedly bragged how they would raise $1 billion.

As the season wore on, it appeared less and less likely.

But in September Obama and the DNC jointly raised $181 million, putting Obama back on track:

Spurred on by the Democratic National Convention, new donate-by-text capability and an expanding lead in state and national polls, President Obama raised $181 million for his reelection effort in September, his campaign announced Saturday.

The immense haul pushes the total raised for the incumbent’s campaign this cycle to $947 million, making it a near certainty he’ll surpass $1 billion raised for his campaign, the Democratic National Committee and other affiliated campaigns.

The announcement comes a day before the president is set to travel to Los Angeles for a trio of fundraisers, including one with President Clinton and a concert featuring Stevie Wonder and other performers.

There are rumors of an Obama fundraising scandal, but he probably couldn’t care less.  He played fast and loose with credit card donations in 2008 and got away with it.  The Money Badger don’t care.

Now would be a good time to donate to Romney-Ryan, if you have not done so already.

Update: A commenter points out I should have said to give to Romney-Ryan even if you already have, not just if you haven’t already.

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A billion here, a billion there…

Do you guys know the Obama’s spent $1.4 BILLION or our money on themselves last year?
http://dailycaller.com/2012/09/26/taxpayers-spent-1-4-billion-on-obama-family-last-year-perks-questioned-in-new-book/

    It’s been obvious we overspend on the President for at least twenty years, since the time when Bill Clinton tied up LA Airport so he could get a haircut on Air Force One. However, this comparison at the Daily Caller link is ridiculous:

    In comparison, British taxpayers spent just $57.8 million on the royal family.

    It’s ridiculous because the duties of the British royal family are ceremonial. A skeptic might wonder why the dollar amount spent on the Bushes is not quoted.

    For the time being I assume that the Daily Caller is trying to turn a legitimate issue about the ruling class into a partisan hit piece against Obama.

    One tidbit of trivia on Mitt Romney, Governor of Massachusetts:

    He did not take a single penny of salary.

    Not one.

    Nor did his Lieutenant Governor, Kerry Healy.

    Both are wealthy in their own right.

    I suspect that this may be an arrow in his quiver – to point out the extravagance of the Obama administration from nearly wearing out Air Force One to Valerie Jarrett needing Secret Service protection – and then promising that he will do in Washington as he did on Beacon Hill.

    I once encountered Governor Romney at Reagan National. He was in town to testify in front of Congress for something or other and he was taking the shuttle back to Boston – commercial carrier. His “entourage” consisted of exactly tow people, a staffer and a Massachusetts State Trooper. He purchased a pretzel at the Auntie Anne’s kiosk and got on the plane like the rest of us.

I will be glued to the blogosphere on Monday hoping for that donor story to drop.

justanotherguy | October 6, 2012 at 3:53 pm

I’d submit it’s time to donate to Romney/Ryan *even* if you have already!

“DESPERATE CONSPIRATORS”

Their predecessors were pitiful things,
Scurrying from hovel to hole.
Believing themselves the “masters of all”
They plotted and planned for “control”.
“Control” of the scraps, and baubles, and rags,
Which the industrious created and owned.
And in all their meetings and hidden trysts,
They were sure they were quite unknown.

Modern “caves of power” are opulent now,
Rich carpets caress their feet,
They are swathed in the suits of “leaders”,
Flaunting their riches for all to see.
And still they plot and plan for control—
But their goals have grown it seems
For their Master, they would cripple souls
In a world that still seeks to be free.

With a key stroke, secret millions magically”appear”,
With a snap, minions rage and burn,
And through it all, they still recall
The scorn which their forefathers earned.
For they neither sowed, or toiled, or spun,
They just took what their betters had earned,
These secret conspirators, in their secret haunts,
Using the secrets the wicked learn.

Despite the world’s seeming adulation,
Regardless of power and wealth,
They remain the children of robbers,
Who steal victims’ lives and health.
They believe themselves above the law,
Yet One so much greater, unseen,
Knows all their plans in every land,
And He champion’s our world’s liberty.

In every land, in every time,
The reports are legion, and true.
How The Great God of Heaven succors His own,
Despite what the wicked might do.
Though they plot and plan with their master
Yet our Awesome God trumps them all,
As we pray with belief, asking Heaven’s relief,
THEN OUR FATHER SHALL ANSWER OUR CALL

Tomorrow is Sunday. We need not appear in any human house of worship to give thanks for our freedoms and to petition Heaven’s aid–BUT THAT IS A GOOD IDEA–for every race, creed, and color WHO ARE AMERICANS and who seek LIBERTY FOR OUR SELVES, OUR FAMILIES, AND THEN, ANY WHO SEEK IT.

Our country has become politically polarized by now that, whatever titles or names anyone chooses to use, we have really only socalists against those who see our Constitution as having validity and the REAL force of law. The “left” [read: socialists]have for the last century been using various dodges for circumventing parts of the Constitution they happen to dislike, aided by a thoroughly socialist media. The choice is real.

Anecdotal evidence alert. Neighbors of ours are a retired government worker and a real estate agent. Four years ago, they absolutely littered their lawn and decorated their mailbox with Obama stickers. No surprise there, given the government worker demographic.

The economy hit our region particularly hard, especially the collapse of the real estate market, dominated by the vacation home market. The number of real estate agents is roughly one-third of what it was in 2008. Two-thirds have abandoned their license. Of the remaining third, many are employed elsewhere, only keeping up their credentials so they can jump back in if/when the market rebounds. So, being new to the town, our neighbor is unemployed in that field. Didn’t have the connections and reputation it takes to compete in such a tight market.

No Obama pollution in their yard this year.

    retire05 in reply to windbag. | October 6, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    A good judge of how the elections are going in Texas is Austin (the San Francisco of the Southwest). In 2008, there were Obama signs everywhere and the cars with Obama bumper stickers were like flies on, well you know.

    Two weeks ago I had the displeasure of having to go to Austin, so I thought I would count Obama bumper stickers. Two. TWO. In a town that is deep blue, I saw just two Obama bumper stickers and hardly any Obama signs in any yards.

    Same thing in my small town. In 2008, about three months before the election, there was a group of young adults knocking on doors and asking people to put Obama signs in their yards. They canvassed the entire town. Not this year.
    This year I am seeing Romney/Ryan signs everywhere.

    My point is; if the Austin liberals are not excited about Obama, then no one is. Remember the huge crowds Obama played to in 2008? Where are they? Why aren’t we being told by the lapdog press about the huge crowds Obama is drawing in 2012?

    Now, to the donations; any donation under $50 does not require the campaign to keep a list of their names. And the Obama campaign accepts pre-paid credit cards. It is not without reason that a person could buy 100 pre-paid credit cards for $5,000 in the name of Mickey Mouse and donate them to the Obama campaign. They are not only all under the $50 mark, they are untraceable.

    I wonder if Obama has his Palestinian phone banks working again this year.

DINORightMarie | October 6, 2012 at 4:18 pm

From what I’ve read 98% of these donations are under $250 so are not required to be reported as to who/where the money came from.

If this is true, they are playing the same game as in 2008, using untraceable credit cards, with fictitious names – or overseas donations, from non-eligible donors – who are gaming the system.

This is yet another Chicago tactic; and, yes, that 9 month investigation into Obama donor fraud hints at being over this very issue: low, unreported and untraceable donations.

Funny – this “scandal” is supposed to hit tomorrow or Monday; yet, the Obama administration releases this data, with this suspicious increase via low-dollar donors – did they want to poke the investigators and show their false bravado?

“Nannee nanee nyea nyea” …. Team O sound like Romney’s 5 younger sons again!

    InEssence in reply to DINORightMarie. | October 7, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    When Obama was running against Clinton, the New York Times, during the first part of July, 2008, ran a story of accusing Obama of taking donations that were coming from several banks in the Mideast. The banks were donating every one or two seconds as if it was automatic. I never saw a similar story, until now.

In hindsight, it seems to me the Left hasn’t been whining as much about Republican money as they were earlier in the campaign.

The MSM’s effort to declare the election over hasn’t just been targeting the voters. Voters can change their minds, but money in the bank is money in the bank. Was the Romney campaign too complacent? Well, it’s water under the bridge.

Mr. Sheldon Adelson … please pick up the red courtesy phone.

The way O spends money he needs two to three times more than Romney, who seems to be running a tight ship.

It’s not how much you spend, but how effectively you spend it. Californians defeated Proposition 1A in 2009: Our budget = $4 million; theirs = $30 million.

The credit card scandal will come out Monday. We have until then to come up with a visual to go along with it, like the empty chair icon, to highlight how under-handed Team Obama is being.

    Exactly. The issues of merit are accountability and integrity.

    Either Americans have integrity or they don’t. Either they elect liberty or submission with benefits. If the latter in the majority, then the cause is hopeless. Democracy is realized as tyranny by the majority.

    The Constitution was designed to prevent this outcome, but laws are only valid when enforced. Americans are quickly approaching minority status through voluntary attrition (e.g. normalization of behaviors which constitute evolutionary dysfunction). The Democrats know this. Presumably, the Republicans do, too.

    Mutnodjmet in reply to Mutnodjmet. | October 6, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    Here is an American Express credit card take. Priceless.We can use this for a jumping-off spot for Monday’s impending news.

Not surprising. I remember when I was campaigning for Hillary in 2008, I donated to her campaign, the donation link was very accurate, I used to have a friend, she was an Obot, I saw the donation webpage, it never asked for the CSC number.

This makes it very easy for fake credit cards to be used. Does Barry care? Of course not. He will do things illegally, the loser doesn’t care.

And if you notice only 2% are reportable, the rest are not. So how does this work? You get millions upon millions of major donations, and then you get lots of other people to donate, even for just $3, so what happens? the donation per person automatically goes down. So it gives the appearance of lots of small donations, when it really isn’t.

There were many Hillary blogs who figured this out, will the american media care? of course not, they are just an extension of Barry’s cabal.

    DINORightMarie in reply to alex. | October 6, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Actually, you only have major credit card gift cards that are for under $250 and use them to donate: Visa, MC, whatever. Then you input a made-up name: Mick E. Mouse, John Galt, Im Batman….you get the idea.

    Not traceable, other than that the card is a gift card; easy to “launder” by purchasing in bulk, buy with cash, anywhere they are sold – even online.

    And that is just one way….. I read back in 2008 how OFA and the O-bots did this; curious/investigative type people tried it out, to test the “approval process.” Basically – there was NONE!

    Another way I read about was via purchases from overseas of OFA merchandise to foreign groups – who are, under law, making a campaign donation. But, no checking, so they bought TONS of stuff to “sell”……but Harry and San Fran Nan, and later Boehner, never investigated….no surprise.

    Here we go, again. Let’s hope this watchdog group has the goods, a solid case, and LOTS of traces and people to verify their “scandal” assertions! Like the Professor has done with Lizzie Warren’s exposure. (Which the media has ignored……sound familiar?)

and bingo! Breitbart’s site did a great article on this. Its so obvious what Soetero and his gang do….

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

from the article:

“The average of $53 from small donors is particularly noteworthy. 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.

have romoney’s peoople disclosed how much they raised?

the 181 number is just to show fake momemtum. and oh is it fake, all a LSM talking pt.

    heimdall in reply to alex. | October 6, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    I read earlier today that the top Romney staffers rumored that they raised the equivalent to Obama last month. But raising all the money they did over the last 48 hours does help.

    Plus now PPP is saying that Obama is down nearly 5 pts in WISCONSIN to only 2pts above Romney there. All the money in the world cannot help a candidate buy the election. Look at Meg Whitman in 2010. Completely hammered and destroyed by Jerry Brown.

Again I ask, if the amount raised by a candidate is what matters, why isn’t the election on eBay? I mean, without that whole “buy it now” option, of course…

Henry Hawkins | October 6, 2012 at 7:39 pm

Obama could have $10 billion, but his failures are legion and his few successes are not popular beyond his partisans. $100 billion won’t buy him a plan for his second term. $1 trillion won’t (didn’t) lower unemployment. $10 trillion won’t make him a debater. $100 trillion won’t buy back Obamacare. And $1 quadrillion won’t put a lifetime of business experience, a saved Olympics, and a governorship on his resume.

Lipstick won’t pretty up a pig and a surfeit of cash won’t pretty up Obama.

Since this site is generally viewed only by sane, patriotic, REAL American citizens, I’ll share with you a special Romney-Ryan web site that is used by their bundlers and people who are WAY BEYOND the 47% – in so many ways. The site is:

https://secure.mittromney.com/donate/victory/

Unlike the standard site, this one handles contributions up to $75,800. So, if you’ve got more than $5K to contribute to getting rid of OBOZO, use this. If you have any questions about this site, please contact the the Romney-Ryan campaign directly or their lead person in your state.

This is okay. Obama will just go down in the record books (HISTORIC!) as the first Presidential candidate to raise $1 billion AND LOSE.

Also – this is $1 billion that won’t be spent on other areas to make our lives miserable – so it’s a win-win as far as I am concerned.

There is an additional consideration to make: They can spend a vast amount of money they *don’t even have yet*. Every election year, everybody from caterers to advertisers wind up holding bills worth millions from (D) candidates that only get paid off very slowly over the next few years, if at all.

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