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WP Frets Over Lack Of Big $ Obama Donors

From a concerned Washington Post:

Obama’s high-dollar donations lagging

By T.W. Farnam, Published: March 18

President Obama is struggling to draw in big-dollar donations, with half as many people writing large checks to his campaign than at this point four years ago.

Obama is outpacing his Republican rivals in fundraising overall, and his advisers have concentrated on amassing small-dollar backers, part of a strategy to get more people invested in the reelection effort. At the end of January, 1.4 million people had donated to the Obama campaign, responding to appeals for contributions as small as $2.

But Obama lags behind Republican front-runner Mitt Romney in finding donors willing to give $2,000 or more — a surprising development for a sitting president, and one that could signal more worrisome financial problems heading into the general election.

At this point in the last election cycle, Obama had received such large donations from more than 23,000 supporters, more than double the 11,000 who have given him that much this time. President George W. Bush had more than four times that number of big donations at this point in his reelection.

Obama has held 107 fundraisers since announcing his re-election bid last April, including 40 this year alone. (And who knows how many in the three years before that.)

That number also dwarfs the number done by President Bush.

Democrats see a variety of possible explanations for such a dramatic drop in big-dollar contributions. The ailing economy has dampened fundraising overall. Some wealthy liberals and Wall Street executives alike have grown disaffected with the president over time. And the extended Republican primary has shined a spotlight on a field of potential rivals that many Democrats believe Obama will easily beat

Oh, that’s it. The fat cats think Obama won’t need the money, because the Republican field is so weak. And none of this has anything to do with Obama running on the Occupy Wall Street platform and waging class warfare on the so-called ‘rich.

Whatever the reason, Obama appears to be redoubling his efforts to extract bigger contributions from his support base. He has stepped up his fundraising events in recent weeks, taking swings through several different regions for more than 40 events in 2012. On Friday, the president did five events in two states with an expected haul of at least $5.5 million

And that is not all he is doing, of course. Mr. Obama is also fearmongering, using the Democrats’ favorite fear, that the Republicans will take away their sacred right to a free abortion. And it seems to be working, at least where it matters, with fundraising.

From the Politico:

Birth control controversies a fundraising boon


The sudden focus on contraception and abortion in the 2012 campaign has meant a surge in fundraising for abortion rights groups that support women as congressional candidates.

EMILY’s List — whose mission is to elect pro-abortion rights Democratic women — has raised nearly twice as much for candidates at this point in the 2012 cycle as it did during the entire 2010 cycle, according to spokeswoman Jess McIntosh. And that’s with about eight months to go

The shift is a surprise. Women’s groups were preparing to fend off a number of new state laws that restrict abortion access, not pull in new cash after attacks on Planned Parenthood funding and a comment from Rush Limbaugh about a female law student shifted momentum in their direction.

The fundraising boon is good news for female candidates, who are in a much stronger position in races across the country than they might have expected just a year ago when reproductive health was not expected to be a key issue this election

Congressional Democrats have latched onto women’s issues and tried to paint the GOP as anti-woman. In the Senate, the No. 2 Democrat Sen. Chuck Schumer plans to make a law on violence against women a wedge issue.

Other pro-abortion rights groups are including women’s health controversies in their fundraising pitches

EMILY’s List isn’t the only women’s group seeing checks pour in since the Republican rhetoric has intensified.

“Over the last several weeks, we’ve seen a significant uptick in fundraising,” said Planned Parenthood spokesman Tait Sye.

“Over the last several weeks, Planned Parenthood has signed up tens of thousands of new supporters, who have been speaking out, engaging their friends and families and donating time and money,” Sye said.

And NARAL Pro-Choice America saw the largest increase ever on its email list and Twitter recruits in February 2012, compared to the previous year, with about 850 email recruits per day, according to spokeswoman Samantha Gordon…

Of course this is exactly why this controversy was ginned up. But talk about ‘blood money.’

And what a lovely way to fund a political party. By promoting the killing of babies.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, March 19th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “WP Frets Over Lack Of Big $ Obama Donors”

  1. P. Aaron says:

    So much for liberals hating ‘big money’ in politics.

  2. P. Aaron says:

    Thought ‘big money’ in politics was bad.

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