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Obama fundraising down?

Drudge sent out an alert highlighting this story buried deep in a NY Times piece about a “more sociable Obama”.  It talks about the fund raising effort for the Obama campaign in this quarter:

Mr. Obama had planned a West Coast swing during the summer, campaign officials said, but it was scrapped because of the talks to raise the federal debt ceiling. Several other fund-raising trips were also canceled in the 60 days that the president was hunkered down in Washington.

That has left the campaign behind where it wanted to be in fund-raising. The campaign manager, Jim Messina, told Democratic Party officials recently that the campaign expected to raise $55 million in the third quarter, compared with $86 million in the previous quarter.

The excuse offered, of course, is that Obama was in DC doing his job and thus couldn’t be fund raising.  But wasn’t his strength the last time the $5 and $10 dollar online effort?  What’s up with that?

They were once among President Obama’s most loyal supporters and a potent symbol of his political brand: voters of moderate means who dug deep for the candidate and his message of hope and change, sending him $10 or $25 or $50 every few weeks or months.

But in recent months, the frustration and disillusionment that have dragged down Mr. Obama’s approval ratings have crept into the ranks of his vaunted small-donor army, underscoring the challenges he faces as he seeks to rekindle grass-roots enthusiasm for his re-election bid.

In interviews with dozens of low-dollar contributors in the past two weeks, some said they were unhappy with what they viewed as Mr. Obama’s overly conciliatory approach to Congressional Republicans. Others cited what they saw as a lack of passion in the president, or said the sour economy had drained both their enthusiasm and their pocketbooks.

For still others, high hopes that Mr. Obama would deliver a new kind of politics in his first term have been dashed by the emergence of something that, to them, more resembles politics as usual.


Don’t you just hate it when the little people look behind the curtain?

Keith Koffler has a theory:

This helps explain the vitriol Obama has been dumping out on the campaign trail. He needs to get people motivated to send him their money, and if he can get the hating thing going – hate Republicans, hate the rich, hate EVERYONE – maybe they’ll part with some cash.

The old class warfare gambit.  Wow … how original.

In recent weeks we’ve seen stories about how blacks were less enthusiastic about him, Hollywood was giving him the cold shoulder and his numbers across the board were in free fall.   The drop in fundraising is the unsurprising “other shoe” in that sort of a scenario.


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12 Responses to Obama fundraising down?

  • … some said they were unhappy with what they viewed as Mr. Obama’s overly conciliatory approach to Congressional Republicans.

    … and Howard Kurtz was compalining today that Republicans were too puritanical.

  • Now, now, you know full well it is just a symptom of the ‘electoral racism’ to come.  /sarc

  • It is as I have forseen, soon, the money men, wooed by Sith Lady Clinton, will inform him of the plan of his impending decision not to run in 2012.

  • It is hard for the little people to give obama cash this time as they simply dont have the cash to give.  Obama is literally making it so the poor and unemployed have very little to live off of much less donate.

  • I’m sure the security features are probably still disabled on Obama’s website which would allow someone to spoof a US address while making a donation. 

  • jpm100 beat me to it: the money will flow when it needs to, one way or another.  A politician only stays bought when you keep buying him.

    As for democrats “suddenly” discovering that democracy is bad (for them), witness the governor of my state:

    Speaking on Tuesday to a Cary Rotary Club, Gov. Bev Perdue suggested suspending congressional elections for two years so that Congress can focus on economic recovery and not the next election.

    “I think we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won’t hold it against them, whatever decisions they make, to just let them help this country recover. I really hope that someone can agree with me on that,” Perdue said. “You want people who don’t worry about the next election.” [emphasis mine – dj505]

    The comment, which came during a discussion of the economy, perked more than a few ears. It’s unclear whether Perdue, a Democrat, is serious, but her tone was level and she asked others to support her on the idea.

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    In other words, Bev doesn’t like the idea that politicians should have to worry about their phoney-baloney jobs (HARUMPH! HARUMPH!) when they can’t just throw more money at a problem… or when people are not happy with their policies.  Here’s a thought: maybe we need politicians who DON’T worry about their next election because they don’t regard their office as a career.