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Obama Campaign: “We Could Lose”

by Keith Koffler on July 10, 2012, 7:43 am

The Obama campaign sent a pleading message to supporters Monday saying President Obama’s reelection chances will be imperiled if Mitt Romney continues to swamp him in the money stakes.

In an email titled “We could lose if this continues,” Obama for America Chief Operating Officer Ann Marie Habershaw noted that while Obama raised $71 million in June, he was beaten “handily” by the “whopping” $106 million pulled down by Romney.

From the email:

We had our best fundraising month yet, and we still fell about $35 million short. We can win while being outspent — but we need to keep it close.

You know what that means. We’ve got some work to do.

Pitch in $3 or more right now to start closing the gap.

This is no joke. If we can’t keep the money race close, it becomes that much harder to win in November.

The missive left out the usual Obama campaign accusations that Romney’s financial lead was fueled by fat cats, possibly because Romney – who has been conducting the same kind of $3 raffles as Obama for a chance to meet the candidate – took in 94 percent of his donations in increments of $250 or less.

Romney will also have a vast lead over Obama with respect to money raised by outside SuperPacs. But Obama many have more union muscle than previously thought, according to a report in today’s Wall Street Journal. The Journal found that  labor spends about four times as much on politics and lobbying than generally thought:

Previous estimates have focused on labor unions’ filings with federal election officials, which chronicle contributions made directly to federal candidates and union spending in support of candidates for Congress and the White House.

But unions spend far more money on a wider range of political activities, including supporting state and local candidates and deploying what has long been seen as the unions’ most potent political weapon: persuading members to vote as unions want them to.

The Journal found that the effort by union employees working on politics was “equivalent in 2010 to a shadow army much larger than President Barack Obama’s current re-election staff.”

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William July 10, 2012 at 7:48 am

Hope!

WNY_ROC July 10, 2012 at 7:53 am

. . . and can you spare ANY change?

Lizzy July 10, 2012 at 7:55 am

Oh dear poor baby:( Bet he cried.

RickW July 10, 2012 at 8:36 am

“…..and people know I tried SO hard to raise the money….” (Weep)

Lizzy July 10, 2012 at 8:54 am

I feel your pain:)

Mike Lester July 10, 2012 at 8:07 am

Frankly, I’m getting tired of the ‘heads I win tails you lose’ meme. So, now the Bush tax cuts that “got us into this mess” are being extended and the media trumpets. F them. No reasonable person would even consider re-hiring someone w/ BHO’s record. Not even Ed Rendell -he just won’t say it publicly.

Get ready for “rich people wear Hitler mustaches” any day now. Actually it was yesterday.

Susan July 10, 2012 at 10:05 am

President Kardashian is running out of options since he has no record to run on. All he has left is the victim card, the blame card, and the race card. He keeps trying to play three card monty with us and nobody is falling for the con any longer. Sure he has the terminally ignorant who will vote for him no matter what, but he has lost the real grassroots support he had in 2008.

srdem65 July 10, 2012 at 11:59 am

How true.

sportinlife10 July 10, 2012 at 8:19 am

Raising money is not the same as spending. I note that most reports detailing the sandbox question of “who got more” this month, do not usually provide info on who spent more.
Does anyone really believe that what (especially the DNC and obama campaigns) is reported is true?

Anonna July 10, 2012 at 8:24 am

I don’t believe anything they say. We’ve seen how the hammering for $3 donations has been turned into the image of a campaign that springs spontaneously from the simple people.

The President who was going to change everything and meet our hopes has now become the sad little boy who tried really hard and deserves our love.

What’s frightening is that he still might win. As we watch the show on the curtains of the stage, who knows what is being done out of sight? His targeting and successfully pressuring the weak link on the Supreme Court reveals how skillful and powerful this losing team really is.

Mrs Compton July 10, 2012 at 11:19 am

The bully tactics are what scares me the most. I fear his ‘army’ will go into full confrontational mode closer to the election.

Langley Spook July 10, 2012 at 1:36 pm

…good point… I dont trust those Obama zombies (they trashed 5 of my yardsigns in 08)

RickW July 10, 2012 at 8:25 am

This is marvelous. Our country is facing threats to our very being on multiple fronts and these fools reduce the election to a $$$ pi$$ing contest? How about some FRESH IDEAS, O’Bama Team?

Just2old July 10, 2012 at 8:57 am

They have no fresh ideas, just the same old Marxist drivel.

Anonna July 10, 2012 at 9:49 am

They got elected on emotions and they look to emotions to get themselves re-elected.

Just2old July 10, 2012 at 9:28 am

This mornings must read over at American Thinker:

If You Have an Income, Listen Very Carefully to Barack Obama

Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/07/if_you_have_an_income_listen_very_carefully_to_barack_obama.html#ixzz20E4earm3

ol gator July 10, 2012 at 10:20 am

Our poor little campaign critter is now scraping the barrel. Too bad..when it comes to him, all those “folks”out there seem to be clinging to their religion, guns and now $$$ . Perhaps another round of fundraisers in hollywood would help.
Seems like Palin is right ,”his goose is cooked”. But oh the drama to come… barry hussein will not go without kicking & screaming & lying..

Spike July 10, 2012 at 10:20 am

Yep, I got that … and promptly sent more money to Romney … happens every single time I hear from obama, mooch, or the evil minions… :-D

Joel July 10, 2012 at 10:26 am

In boxing we call this “rope a dope”

Cooper July 10, 2012 at 10:53 am

Not to long ago they were beating their chests about the $2 B they were going to crush the Republicans with. Now the O campaign explains that all along they knew they were going to be out-raised by the RNC, Romney and the super pacs with their evil corporate connections. Pathetic liars.

Girly1 July 10, 2012 at 11:34 am

Undoubtedly, this is going to be the dirtiest election in Presidential history. Billions of taxpayer $$$ have already been funneled to the ACORN chief’s union thug armies in the form of Stimulus. The taxpayers have been defrauded of untold $Millions (billions?) while the Liar-in-Chief parades around the country on a daily basis campaigning and fundraising. The country is sinking under the massive, unprecedented debt heaped upon us by this charlatan….and he ‘could lose’?? He should be spending his next ‘term’ in Federal prison!

Mike Lester July 10, 2012 at 11:52 am

This just hit my mailbox (and maybe yours). Subject line is all you need to know. Our President only presides over a select populous and it ain’t you and me:

From: Barack Obama
Subject: Re: I will be outspent
Date: July 10, 2012 10:48:57 AM EDT
To: Mike Lester
Reply-To: info@barackobama.com

srdem65 July 10, 2012 at 12:09 pm

O Kontrair, “Barack, Michelle, Jim” and their friends are my BFFs.They want to have dinner with me, take me on a bus trip. and ask for my opinion. All the time.
I can tell my friends that the POTUS knows me personally, calls me by my first name and sends me e-mails asking for MY help…imagine that!

On some level, the e-mails work. We might make fun of them or ridicule the sentiments, but they do connect with some voters.

rpjkw11 July 10, 2012 at 12:39 pm

I don’t for one second believe Obamao’s campaign is worried about being outspent or running short of cash. The “We could lose” line is just BS, too. After 31/2 years of utter failure, Obamao’s portrayal of the underdog is laughable. Yeah, he’s a complete failure who’s been trying “real hard”, but I fervently pray he’s booted out of office this coming November. Otherwise, God help the USA.

craig fugate July 10, 2012 at 12:51 pm

don’t forget Team B.O. wants newlyweds to give cash in lieu of their wedding presents for the Cause. same for birthdays, anniversaries, bar mitzvahs, etc etc.

after all, what are some petty bourgeois trinkets compared to creating a Progressive Workers’ Paradise?!

Langley Spook July 10, 2012 at 1:33 pm

yes, Romney has the money$… but will he use it to ATTACK that G#d-D*mn neo-socialist Obama…?

Trochilus July 11, 2012 at 11:14 am

Strange. They have issued their “We could lose if this continues” title to the fundraising plea, contemporaneously with his Obama’s personal, “This is my last campaign, no matter what” claim. And, he also just made that thinly veiled concession of defeat on the economy . . . “I tried real hard!”

By combining these and other statements, I’d say they have compounded their error.

First, they have almost automatically raised the expectations level of those who might have any inclination whatsoever to support the opposition! You can almost hear voices from the marginal opposition thinking out loud . . . “We only have to beat him this once and he’s done for good? I’m in!”

And — at least to some small degree — he has also handed a credible voice to some of those within his necessary base of support, to either walk away, or at least to articulate their disappointment with his “Oneness.” For example, Ed Rendell’s public criticisms were very harmful to his electoral college chances — it was not just Bill Clinton being Bill Clinton.

And why would Obama publicly foreclose all future political options? He’s 50, for crying out loud!

Is he just sick of the job . . . exasperated and uncertain about what to do? Does he consciously know he is in over his head, and the figures every month remind him of that more and more?

Sheesh . . . with the signals he’s putting out there, why not just issue a flat out invitation to contribute to Mitt Romney?

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