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Pelosi’s Email Bait and Switch: Says She’s Not Asking for Cash — Then Asks for Cash

Maybe next we’ll find her outside the Capitol playing Three-card Monte with passersby.

I can’t for the life of me understand how this does not qualify as a genuine, vintage, unabashed scam. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi keeps sending out emails with a subject line saying she’s not trying to pick your pocket. But the email includes a link that leads you to a page that demands money.

Ostensibly, she just wants your opinion. It’s a poll, see?

For the purposes of gathering news, I’m on various Democratic email lists. Pelosi is sending me missives from the House Democrats’ fundraising arm, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee – now that’s your first hint she actually wants money – asking me to complete a poll.

On June 22, I got an email titled, “NOT asking for money.”

Now that sounds pretty clear to me. After some political gibberish, she gets to the point with a line at the end of the email: “Please, before midnight — will you complete your survey? Your voice is more important than you know.”

If you click on the link, you find that Ms. Pelosi is indeed conducting a survey, of Democrats, including such scientifically derived questions as, “Do you oppose the Republican Party’s heartless budget?” and “Did you know that the Republican budget includes $4 BILLION in cuts to Social Security?” The choices for answering the latter question are, “Yes, it’s awful” and “No, but I do now.”

Scroll to the end of the short poll, and you find what is obviously the question she most sincerely wants an answer to: “Will you pitch in $3 (or more!) to support the DCCC in its mission to help Democrats take back the House?”

You’re given five choices with different amounts, including your own. Surprisingly enough, each response starts with “Yes!”

Nancy, I thought you weren’t asking for money?

On June 24 she was back with an email titled, “need input NOT money” noting, “My new budget survey is the most critical I’ve sent to you all year — but my records show you haven’t responded to me yet.”

My bad.

Again, there’s a link to a survey that ends with a cash grab. And most recently, on July 11, the same subject line, this time corrected with a comma, ‘need input, NOT money.” Same deal on the survey.

Hey kid, ya got any money for me?

I gather the attorneys could claim that she is merely seeking your opinion about whether you want to contribute, not asking you to!

But in places where people try to be honest, this is what is called bait and switch.

And Democrats accuse President Trump of running a con . . .

Obama Campaign Signals Fundraising Fail

The Obama campaign appears to be signaling that its fundraising totals for the second quarter of the year – the first since President Obama announced for reelection – will not be as robust as the campaign would like.

In an email to campaign supporters today, President Obama unmistakably sought to downplay money.

We’re closing the books on the first fundraising quarter of the 2012 race at midnight tomorrow.

A lot of folks will be interpreting our numbers as a measure of this campaign’s support.

They’re not wrong, but they are wrong about why.

We measure our success not in dollars but in people — in the number of everyday Americans who’ve chosen to give whatever they can afford because they know we’ve got more work to do.*

Campaign officials revealed during the last week that they have set a target of raising $60 million for the quarter from at least 450,000 donors.

But even $60 million would not seem to be a very ambitious goal for Obama. He raised the same amount during the second quarter of 2007, just after he announced his 2008 campaign.

The campaign is hoping to raise up to $1 billion total for the 2012 election.

The email reiterates a call for donors to give at least $5 in order to be automatically entered into a raffle for dinner with Obama and Vice President Biden.

* Bolding is mine, not the campaign’s.

Michelle Raked in at Least $2.5M During a Single Trip

First Lady Michelle Obama raised at least $2.5 million – and probably a good deal more – for her husband and Democrats during a single swing through California last week, proving herself a potent fundraising weapon that will undoubtably be brandished again and again as the campaign season descends.

Her prowess at emptying donors’ pockets will also ensure that, in addition to helping pay for fundraising by President Obama and Vice President Biden, taxpayers will be footing some of the bill for Michelle’s political travel too.

The president – as others have before him – routinely schedules an “official” presidential event along with fundraisers when he travels, meaning taxpayers are on the hook for most of the travel costs. Michelle had two official events along with four fundraisers during her California trip.

It’s impossible to prove whether such official travel is merely thrown in to offset the cost of the political travel. But it’s usually impossible to prove it’s not.

Fundraising by a first lady is not novel. Laura Bush held 13 fundraisers in 2003 as husband George W. Bush warmed up for the 2004 campaign.

But Mrs. Obama has maintained a higher profile than Mrs. Bush and likely has the potential to be an even greater asset for her husband’s campaign given the fervid support she gets from Obama backers, so she probably will be used more often.

According to statistics compiled by CBS News White House correspondent Mark Knoller – the well known, veteran chronicler of White House activities – Michelle began her fundraising Monday, June 13 with a luncheon at a private residence in Pasadena that included 500 donors paying at least $1,000 each, amounting to a take of at least $500,000.

This does not include the number of takers who agreed to spend $10,000 for a photo and some “private time” with Michelle, according to reports.

Later in Los Angeles, she again raised about $1 million at a private home where tickets ranged from $1,500 to $35,800, according to the owner of the residence.

On Tuesday, June 14, Michelle attended an event at the Claremont Hotel in Berkeley, where 250 guests paid anywhere from $1,000 to $25,000 to get in. Assuming conservatively an average ticket price of $2,000, Michelle raised at least $500,000.

And finally, later the same day in San Francisco at a ballroom in the Merchants Exchange Building, about 200 attendees bought tickets starting at $2,500, pointing to another haul of more than $500,000.

President and Mrs. Obama to Attend Fundraisers Together

This is really sweet. President Obama and Michelle Obama will travel to Ohio October 17 to  raise money TOGETHER.

With his popularity in the dumps and hers still somewhere above 50 percent, the president has decided to take the Misses along to his day job, staging an event with her in Cleveland for Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland and then moving on to a DNC fundraiser in Columbus.

The presence of the first lady may also be an attempt to help Obama in the Buckeye state, which is experiencing a grand case of presidential buyers remorse and which Obama needs to win reelection.