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Obama Fundraisers Top All Of Prior 5 POTUS

From the UK’s Daily Mail:

Obama has held more re-election fundraisers than previous five Presidents combined as he visits key swing states on ‘permanent campaign’

By Toby Harnden
29 April 2012

Barack Obama has already held more re-election fundraising events than every elected president since Richard Nixon combined, according to figures to be published in a new book.

Obama is also the only president in the past 35 years to visit every electoral battleground state in his first year of office.

The figures, contained a in a new book called The Rise of the President’s Permanent Campaign by Brendan J. Doherty, due to be published by University Press of Kansas in July, give statistical backing to the notion that Obama is more preoccupied with being re-elected than any other commander-in-chief of modern times.

Doherty, who has compiled statistics about presidential travel and fundraising going back to President Jimmy Carter in 1977, found that Obama had held 104 fundraisers by March 6th this year, compared to 94 held by Presidents Carter, Ronald Reagan, George Bush Snr, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush combined.

Since then, Obama has held another 20 fundraisers, bringing his total to 124. Carter held four re-election fundraisers in the 1980 campaign, Reagan zero in 1984, Bush Snr 19 in 1992, Clinton 14 in 1996 and Bush Jnr 57 in 2004.

And Obama is not even starting his political campaign until May 5th.

By the way, note that Ronald Reagan did not hold a single re-election fundraising event in the election year of 1984. And yet he won in an historic landslide.

Doherty, a political science professor at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, has also analysed presidential travel to battleground or swing states, which change and fluctuate in number with each election cycle.

In their first years in office, Carter visited eight out of 18 battleground states and Reagan seven out of 17. Bush Snr, Clinton and Bush Jnr all visited around three-quarters of battleground states while Obama went to all 15 within his first 12 months

Vowing in 2008 to ‘launch the most sweeping ethics reform in US history’ Obama said that if elected he would ‘make government more open, more accountable and more responsive to the problems of the American people’.

Meanwhile, Obama won’t even admit that these are campaign events, so the US taxpayer has had to foot the bill, which has added up to millions of dollars.

In his State of the Union speech in January, Obama bemoaned the ‘corrosive influence of money in politics’. The following month, he reversed course and announced he was allowing cabinet members and top advisors to speak at big money events for so-called super PACs – unaccountable outside groups raising money for his re-election.

During the 2008 election, Obama abandoned a pledge to opt for public funding of his campaign, instead opting to raise an unlimited amount privately. He then raised and spent approximately $730million, almost double the campaign funds of Senator John McCain, his Republican opponent…

It is almost as if words have no meaning for Mr. Obama. As if they are just means to an end. Tools for power.

In his book, Doherty writes that in his first full month in office Obama visited Indiana, Florida, Colorado, Arizona and North Carolina – all battleground states – in 2012. ‘Clearly, the White House made a point of the president travelling to key electoral states early in his term in office.’

In reality, Mr. Obama has been campaigning for reelection since January 21, 2009. He has not spent one day in office as the President of the entire nation.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, April 30th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Obama Fundraisers Top All Of Prior 5 POTUS”

  1. Tater Salad says:

    The Presidents brand new “Monolog Signature” before every speech from here on out is only “appropriate”…..The Toilet Flush! Thank you Mr. President for the four (4) destructive years you have given the American people:


  2. Astravogel says:

    Going on more fund-raisers than five other Presidents
    combined? Perhaps the five weren’t in dire expectation
    of getting dumped out of the White House on their ear.

  3. P. Aaron says:

    Obama is lazy: intellectually & in work ethic.

    • Petronius says:

      Yes, indeed. Heaven forbid that all this busy fund-raising and campaigning might cut into his golf game or the first family’s posh holidays at Martha’s Vineyard and the Costa del Sol.

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