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Obama Held Nearly Three Dozen Fundraisers in June

by Keith Koffler on June 29, 2012, 10:46 am

President Obama this month participated in 33 fundraisers, a rate of just over one a day and more than eight times the number of fundraising events George W. Bush did in June 2004, the year of Bush’s reelection campaign.

The Obama fundraising tally – courtesy of the most trusted White House statistician, CBS News White House correspondent Mark Knoller – suggests a president furiously grasping for cash as his campaign fails to meet its fundraising targets and suddenly finds itself outraised by Mitt Romney.

Bush did only four fundraisers in June 2004 and by the end of the month had attended 82 since the start of his campaign in 2003, less than half the 172 Obama has done since he filed for reelection in April 2011.

Obama’s aggressive fundraising runs up a large bill for taxpayers, who must foot many of the exorbitant costs of presidential travel, though a portion is paid for by the Obama campaign.

Obama has begun to try to make a virtue of losing the money race – which he won handily in 2004 – sending an email to supporters Tuesday titled “I will be outspent.” The missive suggested that Romney is taking money from nefarious outside groups and is a tool of the rich while Obama focuses on small donors and sticks to his day job.

“I’ve got other responsibilities I’m attending to,” Obama said.

But the stats and Obama’s schedule tell a different story – of a president constantly on the road raising money, repeatedly returning to the White House after midnight and then rolling into work late the next day.

Obama in June has gone digging for campaign gold in every part of the country, from New Hampshire to Florida to California.

Many of the events are small gatherings of elite, wealthy individuals who get a little intimate time with the president in return for tens of thousands of dollars in cash. The most ostentatious of these sessions was a June 14 A-List soiree at the home of Sarah Jessica Parker in New York City, which the first lady – who herself has participated in six fundraisers this month – also attended.

But Michelle, while picking up her fundraising pace, is still no match for the president. On June 1 and again on June 12 Obama held six fundraisers in a single day.

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DeniseVB June 29, 2012 at 11:33 am

That’s all he’s been doing since his inauguration. Campaign speeches, fundraising, partying, vacationing, golfing … what on earth would he do with a second term ? It’s obvious he only enjoys the perks of his job, and hasn’t a clue about governing. The optics are telling.

Mr. T. June 29, 2012 at 11:59 am

Yet he continues to get away with it. The MSM doesn’t report it…the Supreme Court hands him big victories…and his poll numbers are better now than they were a month ago, especially in the swing states.

We’re living in the Bizarro World.

Langley Spook June 29, 2012 at 12:40 pm

YAWN… “Pres.” Barack Hussein Obama is “fundraising” and NO ONE ‘Reports’ it… GO FIGURE :-(

William June 29, 2012 at 12:19 pm

Not true! He’s also been working hard to undermine the Constitution!

Just2old June 29, 2012 at 11:34 am

Obama’s aggressive fundraising runs up a large bill for taxpayers, who must foot many of the exorbitant costs of presidential travel, though a portion is paid for by the Obama campaign. Sucks!
He never transitioned from campaigning to governing because he didn’t know how. I’m hoping we don’t make that mistake again.

Langley Spook June 29, 2012 at 2:54 pm

I feel sorry for the 89th Airlift Wing (“Air Force 1″) who have to haul Obama’s pathetic ass all over for his ‘propaganda/fundraising’ events…

Quintis Arrius July 1, 2012 at 1:35 pm

Look, it’s a sweet gig, great airplane, nice ride etc. Those guys are really great Americans. I am certain the tower to pilot and pilot to tower comments shade just a little to the obvious like maybe….
“This is Red Fox One request IFR release to Laguardia…AGAIN.”
Andrews Towers: Copy Red Fox One…bring us back some lobster tail. You’re cleared IFR Laguardia.

Girly1 June 29, 2012 at 11:35 am

“I’ve got other responsibilities I’m attending to,” Obama said.

None of which pertain to upholding his oath of office to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution!

His non-stop fundraisers are costing taxpayers infinitely more than the millions he takes in every day – why hasn’t he been taken to the woodshed? When did Congress pass the ‘Re-elect Obama’ billion $$$ Stimulus?

Cooper June 29, 2012 at 11:50 am

I think I’d rather have the POS out fund raising than actually trying to perform the duties for which he was elected. That way he can prostitute himself to his rich liberal elites for the few pieces of coin they throw his way. The country is better off if his attention is diverted elsewhere.

srdem65 June 29, 2012 at 11:52 am

The name of the game is Money/Politics. Every elected official spends most of their time garnering support and money from special interests because they love their “jobs”, they love their “perks” and the love being “special”.

At this point, do political ads change anyone’s mind on who they would vote for as POTUS? Maybe someone not well known running for Congress would need ads to inform the voters, but the national presidential election has already been decided. The only thing not known is who will win.

ABO2012 June 29, 2012 at 12:02 pm

He is always talking about civility; however, it is that others MUST show civility for him. His tweet about the SCOTUS decision being BFD is another example of a clueless, classless, ill mannered bully.
Wonder if he repeats this at his fundraisers? So very presidential and nation calming — (sarcasm)

https://twitter.com/BarackObama/statuses/218527805934280705

Have not ever given political contributions. This year donating to anyone that is running against O and his cronies, regardless of their party.

The idea that anyone up to the age of 25 can be carried on their parents insurance is beyond stupid. These same “kids” acted like spoiled brats during the occupy movement. Fine, let the parents carry them– if they do — also make the kids their dependents with all the income tax benefits and rescind their voting privileges as well. They want to behave like children — keep them that way until they can provide for themselves. Enlistment for the military is allowed at 18, enlist and they will have medical.

It is time for the silent majority to flex their muscles. Too long, the angry, anti-everbody but themselves minority have held a knife to the throat of this country with their “poor me” and “what have you done for me lately” and “you owe me” and “gimmee, gimme, gimmee” riots and marches and plain old bad manners.

Suzanne June 29, 2012 at 12:33 pm

That twit is disgusting! Tweet… whatever

Lindy June 29, 2012 at 12:15 pm

This tells the whole story about how “hard” he’s working for the American people: “But the stats and Obama’s schedule tell a different story – of a president constantly on the road raising money, repeatedly returning to the White House after midnight and then rolling into work late the next day.”

Then, after he rolls into “work” late, he leaves early for another fundraiser. It’s too bad that his schedule isn’t posted on the front page of every newspaper and at the beginning of every newscast in the country.

ABO2012 June 29, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Perhaps we should begin sending a copy of Keith’s schedule (with his permission, of course) to every paper, TV station, news anchor and blog until they DO start printing them.

Let’s shine a bright light on O’s schedule for all the world to see. After all — isn’t his the most transparent administration ever?

Langley Spook June 29, 2012 at 12:43 pm

“Obama Daily Schedule” ever being Reported? by the “Main Stream Media” = LMAO!!!

Joseph June 29, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Do you realize that your current advertisement strip on the left is a campaign ad for Elizabet (1/32 Cherokee) Warren?

Just2old June 29, 2012 at 12:29 pm

Keith has no control on which ads appear. It’s run by Google Ad Services.

wcc June 29, 2012 at 1:06 pm

I think that someone who can should try to figure out just how much we tax payers are paying for all of this campaign travel. Air Force 1 costs $1000s per hour to run and that is just the plane! How about the Secret Service and the rest? It must be staggering! Would make a great campaign ad!

sportinlife10 June 30, 2012 at 8:35 am

The genius Shofar does the first already, on these pages.

j Stuart July 2, 2012 at 4:22 pm

Amazing how cowardly Roberts is since he caved to a threat by the White House if they didn’t uphold the law. Roberts should resign.