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Michelle to Donors: “Max Out!”

First Lady Michelle Obama asked donors Wednesday to “max out” on their contributions, a demand that could amount to nearly $46,000 per person.

Mrs. Obama made the offhand request for tens of thousands of dollars during a fundraiser at the opulent 583 Park in New York City. Numerous celebrities were in attendance, including Chris Rock, Sigourney Weaver, Cynthia Nixon, Blair Underwood, Cherry Jones,  Sam Waterston, Geena Davis, and James Earl Jones.

The event included “literature readings” by the celebrities – which Mrs. Obama apparently missed.

Toward the end of remarks that exceeded half an hour, Michelle made the call for attendees to up their ante to the campaign.

From the transcript of the remarks:

We need you to keep on writing those checks.  (Laughter.)  If you haven’t maxed out, max out!  (Laughter.)  If you’ve got friends who haven’t maxed out, get them to max out.  (Applause.)  Get them.  Find them.  We still have time.

According to FEC rules, “maxing out” would bring a donor’s contributions to $45,800 this year.

The sum includes $30,800 per year to a national Party, $10,000 per year to a state or local Party committee, and $5,000 to a federal candidate – including $2,500 during the primaries and $2,500 during the general election.

Tickets for the event, which included about 350 people, started at only $500. Despite being hit up for another forty five grand, attendees gave the first lady a standing ovation.

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55 Responses to Michelle to Donors: “Max Out!”

  1. Another gem from MO via The Hill
    First lady Michelle Obama said Wednesday that President Obama did not look to blame others for the challenges he faced as president, an apparent rebuke to Republican accusations that the White House continues to point the finger at President George W. Bush for the lagging economy.

    “See, but your president, he didn’t point fingers,” Mrs. Obama said, at a campaign fundraiser in New York. “He didn’t place blame. Instead, he got to work, because he was thinking about folks like my dad and like his grandmother. See, and that’s why he cut taxes for small businesses and for working families because he believes that in America, teachers and firefighters should not pay higher tax rates than millionaires and billionaires.”

    • And I thought Limbaugh’s reference to the Moron Vote was purely for convenience – if these people believe any of this gibberish, then they’re dumber than I didn’t give them credit for in the first place.

    • Notice how they don’t stay at friends’ homes when they travel, they have to pay full vacay rental prices.

      Also not included were the many “official” trips where they tacked on a few days for vacay/fundraising/campaign stops.

      Would love to compare Air Force 1 and 2’s flight logs to the Bushes.

  2. They go like lambs to the slaughter.She walks and they follow.She talks and you would think that it was words from their god(less)wonder.If those people had a brain they would take it out and play with it because they are so stupid.

    • For a Princeton graduate, her speaking skills leave much to be desired.
      But then, someone like her, being ordered by the court to surrender her law license or face fraud charges, is not so surprising – affirmative action at its best!

  3. Actually, I did not expect Mooch to be fairly restrained. A torrent of street lingo and obscenities would have been my guess at this stage. She can see the leis coming as they step off Air Force One for the last time in Hawaii come January.

  4. Moochelle has been using this “max out” line ever since the Dem convention in Tampa. The day after her speech at the DNC, she spoke to several groups in Tampa (the black caucus, hispanics, etc.) and she rolled out her “max out” plea. I posted an excerpt of her comments in a post here back then, commenting on her desperate tone. Since then, I’ve read transcripts of her speeches around the country and she has been using this pathetic line. Very crass, but I expect no less from these two losers.

    • Well, I had hoped she had enough sense to use the max out line only when appearing before the 1%. But I guess Princeton and Harvard do not produce common sense. Glad I went elsewhere to college and law school.

  5. I am sick of seeing, hearing or reading what she says. I feel the same about her husband. They’re everywhere, talking like they never finished high school, spending our money for their own entertainment while pretending to really, really care about Americans who are ‘struggling”.

    • That is why it is so hard to listen to her speech from the DNC convention. Blurbed up there in the Youtube video.

      How you can be so transparently conniving and self-interested. She’s either completely deluded as to who she is, or she is a lying snake.

    • I saved this comment from a reader somewhere, someplace on the net, sometime ago.

      “Just when you thought you couldn’t hate him anymore, he calls out your hate reserves.”

      “Max out” – The two of them have already “maxed out” any level of tolerance I’ve ever had.

      • I passed that awhile ago it’s almost in need of a support group for those of us who have had more thn enough lecturing from these two. They
        are classless and clueless and I’m tired:-(

      • Max out? No!!!! You SHUT UP your filthy mouth! We still don’t know
        your gender, will you go back to man dressing when you are out of the wh, mo?

    • No other president has had face time or a mention every single day on every television station in the country. The most sickening president in our history and we have to see him, hear him, or hear about him every single day. I don’t watch that much television but if I’m not watching a cable station, I keep the remote in my hand so I can mute or turn off the TV the second his face comes on the screen or his name is mentioned.

    • As Bob Biersack from the Federal Election Commission points out, most candidates don’t have much left over to begin with. Campaigning is expensive, and “leftover” money gets used for bills and debts first, including expenses incurred while winding down an abandoned campaign or a lost political office.

      Candidates do sometimes end up with surplus funds, though, particularly if they’re incumbent members of Congress who decide not to run for another term. State and local governments have their own rules, but those running for federal office – including presidential candidates – must abide by strict FEC guidelines when it comes to their extra campaign money. They can donate an unlimited amount to a charity or political party. They can also, within limits, make contributions directly to other candidates. A campaign committee can give up to $2,000 per election to each candidate. If the committee is converted into a political action committee, the limit jumps to $5,000 – but to be established as a PAC, the committee would have to be in existence for six months, receive contributions from 50 donors, and make contributions to five recipients.

      What candidates can’t do with leftover money is use it for personal expenses. Retiring federal lawmakers used to be able to pocket extra cash and use it for cars, vacations, clothes, pet grooming, whatever – but that changed in 1989 with the passage of the Ethics Reform Act.

      FactCheck.org

      • Which raises the scary prospect that they will be able to use the funds for a second run at the presidency in 2016. Unless, God help us, they both make a lot of money on the O! Network or NBC/MSNBC hosting talk shows. Well, maybe the latter would be preferable. The Romeny administration won’t force us to watch O, NBC, MSNBC.or any other channel.

      • Presidential incumbents can spend unlimited amounts of leftovers on political campaigns and/or charities. Obama’s biggest ‘charity’ is himself! If anyone thinks he hasn’t been campaigning for the last 4 years to feather his own nest, think again. No one has ever come close to raising $1B…ever. When he leaves office there will be ‘foundations’ set up by every member of his tribe. They will all receive a self-determined ‘salary’. There are so many ways to shelter slush funds, and Obama knows all the tricks of the trade. He may not have a clue about running a corporation, but he sure as heck knows how to steal the profits. And don’t forget, the taxpayers have been paying the lion’s share of his campaign expenses – well over a billion $$$.

  6. I remember Michelle and Barak both scolding Blacks for wanting to leave their old neighborhoods and work to better themselves by getting jobs with big corporations. Now those of you who can afford to give the max $46,000 – these 2 scammers want all your money.

  7. Of course Moocheellle is suggesting their supporters “max out” their contributions – that’s been the Obama modus operandi since the beginning – get our the country’s credit card and buy favors for unions, their friends, our enemies, and themselves so they can remain in office.

    I think I’m going to schedule an appointment with my doctor for 11/7 so my doctor can sew my backside back on after I laugh it off after Election Day from witnessing the Obama’s & MSNBC’s meltdown upon losing the election.

  8. Read an interesting but disturbing thing on one of the websites that records political donations. The military is supporting Obama more than Romney.