February 17th, 2012
05:53 PM ET
President Obama’s West Coast gold rush raises questions about big money
Everett, Washington (CNN) - In sports terms, President Obama’s West Coast fund raising blitz was mostly for the skybox and courtside crowd. Events in San Francisco were held at lavish estates with majestic views.
The invite lists were as impressive. Celebrities like George Clooney, Jack Black and Jim Belushi rubbed shoulders with the president.
The tickets to get into these “red carpet” events don’t come cheaply. Some are as high as $35,800 which is more than most Americans make in one year.
It’s how the president fills his re-election coffers and flying west has been lucrative.
Organizing for America California state director Mary Jane Stevenson was more blunt.
"There are people who say California is in the bag, and we are just an ATM. You know what, they are kind of right, " Stevenson said. “California is in the bag for the president and we are a bit of an ATM."
Three days of fundraisers in California and Washington State will raise an estimated $8.5 million dollars for the Obama campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
This comes on the heels of a big money raising month. Team Obama announced Friday that in January they raised a combined total of $29.1 million dollars.
But Republicans were criticizing not celebrating . “Averaging a fundraiser every two days it’s clear President Obama’s priority is saving his own job instead of working to create jobs for struggling Americans,” said Republican National Committee spokeswoman Kirsten Kukowski.
On the one hand he assails wealthy fat cats for not paying their fair share and casts himself as a champion of the middle- class.
During Thursday’s more affordable fundraiser at the Nob Hill Masonic Center in San Francisco, where tickets went for around $100, the president touted his policies aimed at lifting the middle-class.
"This is the defining issue of our time, a make-or-break moment for the middle-class American's and all those who are trying to get into it," the president said.
On the other hand, these high cost elections are fueled by deep pocket donors.
" It actually sends a picture that our entire system of money and politics is completely broken," said Craig Holman of the consumer advocacy organization Public Citizen.
According to a USA Today survey, the president outraised Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney in two-thirds of the country. He was ahead of all four Republican hopefuls in 19 states.
While some of his opponents also hold lavish events and tap wealthy donors, the president gets more scrutiny because his trips are partly funded by taxpayers. And on this trip, there were just two official events, one at Master Lock in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the other at Boeing in Everett, Washington.
"It's not an attractive picture to see our president going out and raising funds from the very wealthy and special interest groups," said Holman, especially in this tough economy.
White House spokesman Jay Carney said the administration was abiding by “all the rules” in properly allocating travel costs to the campaign.
“We do it absolutely by the book, in the same manner that President Bush did, President Clinton did.” said Carney.
Please keep listing the folks who support this puke-in-chief so I can avoid putting my entertainment dollars in their pockets.
That'll be tough for you, because the list of entertainers who support Obama pretty much encompasses all of the entertainment industry. Have fun watching nothing but FOX News and listening to nothing but Rush Limbaugh.
Amazing how gullible obama stooges keep getting suckered, over and over again, by the ultimate snake oil salesman, barack obama. It would be O.K. if these fools end up getting swindled, except for the fact that their misplaced support for their con man messiah is going to take the rest of us, along with our children, and grandchildren, down with them. it's time to save America, and kick this lying criminal out of the White House.
I am with you
I am with you guys!
so much integrity you have.
I disliked President Bush a great deal, but he was still our President.
Start swimming to Cuba.
The Republicans and their Supreme Court started this ridiculous uncontrolled waste and now they are whining because Obama decided to beat them at their own game, even though he and most voters despise super PACS. Romney's money comes primarily from a small number of billionaires and corporate special interests, Where are their names? Obama's money has been 98% from people giving less than $100, and he was doing well with that because he has around a million donors. Think what all this influence-peddling money on both sides could do to help the poor and homeless. It is a shameful spectacle to the rest of the world to see greed and power struggles fueled by huge fortunes.
Nailed it Dan5404 no truer words were ever posted!
You Obama people are so stupid. The GOP started this. HOW? When the Democrat Congress was in control for 12 of the last 14 years. SICK. Just like all the bamboozle put on by the media on Michael Jackson's drug related death they are now taking control of the airways to make another ovation to one of their drunken druggies singers. Like Obama it takes nothing for his supporters to grab onto a hero. It is sad a death is involved. But these two people were druggies, drunkards, child molesters and what not. Did you see the media give such honer to such as Audie Murphy when he died in a C hopper crash. No he got a newspaper and a TV news report. Then came a Military funeral that lasted 45 minutes with no TV coverage. THIS COUNTRY SHOULD HANG THEIR HEADS IN SHAME FOR ALL THAT THIS MAN DID FOR HUMANITY. The most decorated soldier ever. his name should not even be mentioned here amongst the like of the above two. The United States is failing and it is dying quickly with this kind of bull crap. When are the Americans going to fully honer someone honorable. Whatever has Michael Jackson or a Whitney Houston ever done to help the unfortunate. This is sickening. Have they saved lives, took wounds in defense of their country. HELL NO. But they certainly kept some dope pushers well healed. IT IS MIND BOTTLING WHAT THIS COUNTRY'S PEOPLE HAVE SET THEIR PRIORITIES FOR. ALL DAY LONG AND FOR A WEEK NOW AND WILL BE THIS WAY FOR ANOTHER TWO WEEKS WITH ORATIONS OF HONER BESTOWED ON THIS DRUNK HOUSTON. I FOR ONE AM SICK OF SUCH CARRYING ON. PLEASE AMERICANS GET STRAIGHT AND VOTE OBAMA OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE. HONER PEOPLE WHO ARE DUE HONER. WHERE HAVE YOUR PRIORITIES GONE. DO YOU HAVE NO PRIDE THAT YOU HAVE TO SELECT THE LIKES OF THESE PEOPLE TO WHINE OVER. GET REAL THIS COUNTRY IS GOING DOWN THE BRINK OF DOOM THANKS TO THE DEMOCRATS AND OBAMA THE TRAITOR.
Obama ought to know. Just ASK GEORGE SOROS. tTE MOST MISERABLE PERSON ON THIS PLANET BACKING OBAMA.
You Obama people are so stupid. The GOP started this. HOW?
I believe he was referring to Citizens United v. FEC, decided by an extremely partisan Supreme Court. This decision equated advertizing money to speech, and held that corporations have the same right to "free speech" as natural persons. This decision also allowed the creation of super PACs.
Do some research, I know it's not as fun as watching wrestling, but this stuff is important.
FiELD1stSGT sounds like such a pansy! I hope you didn't serve in the military with your loser attitude! Maybe you are just another wannabe like the rest of the GOP folks who try to cheat a system with half cocked ideals. Whiners who feel entitled to occupy the White House because their association with the "good ole boy, snuff dipping establishment"! Get over it or go live in Afghanistan.
Obama has been giving the American people's stimulus money to companies who contribute to his reelection campaign.
It's called corruption, and the American people are being used and ripped off !!!
this garbage comes from the party of 'family and christian values' ... get a life ... republicon's wrote the book on corruption
Sounds so terribly sinister...A comspiracy of the worst sort, for sure. Call the FBI....the sky IS falling.
Actually, you're wrong, it also comes from people who recognize that both parties' leading candidates have Goldman Sachs at the top of their contributors list, both their top 10 contributors list is filled with Wall Street (most of them the same Wall Street players), both backed corporate wellfare (Wall Street bailouts). Get past the whole Rep/Dem Cons/Lib "us/them" charade and look at the facts.
Not with you. Not with anyone who disrespects the President of the United States – left or right.
You should self-deport my friend, if you cannot be civil.
I support Obama.
Socal, I Used to go to the movies every Sat. but ever since Spielberg, Katzenberg and Geffen supported Pres Obama over Hillary Clinton I have stopped going. The only way I can protest is to stop giving them my business.
Big money? Obama and Romney both have Goldman Sachs at the top of their biggest contributors list, and their top 10 lists both are nearly identical, the who's who of Wall Street. Establishment candidates as expected will have Wall Street at the top of their contributors lists, regardless of party. Wall Street protects its interests. Only one candidate has servicewomen and servicemen (both retired and active duty) at the top of his contributors list: U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force. Any Occupy Wall Street supporter who backs either parties' front runner candidates, both with Wall Street support and both of whom supported corporate wellfare (Wall Street bailouts) is a hypocrite.
Yes please keep listing them as I will doubly support them now that I know they are rational thinking human beings as well as great actors and entertainers.
OK – get your point about supporting them because of their political beliefs. But that makes them great entertainers? Please, learn how to discuss like a serious adult or go back to MSNBC.com.
You can tell you live in a fantasy world. Believing Obama will help you. Your heroes are the likes of the Child Molester Michael Jackson and the Drunkard, Drug Using Whitney Houston. Neither donated nothing for the humanity of this world. Just like the actors and actresses who play fantasy parts. Wake up the world is real and your way of life is at stake here. With the likes of an Obama at the wheel you're sure for a fatal crash.
Leg REMF, the turd merchants you mental deficients vote for changed the rules and now you sissies are whining because President Obama is kicking your collective butts at your own game? Typical Republican screed. I'm really looking forward to the election and watching the Dems take over the government. If we're lucky, it'll be enough to convince you Teatard Hatriots to move to a country that better exemplifies your "values"... like Somalia.
See answer #2 from above...I quote..."Sounds so terribly sinister...A comspiracy of the worst sort, for sure. Call the FBI....the sky IS falling."
It is obvious that your hatred is eating you up. What have Micheal Jackson and Whitney Houston done for the this Country? When you have to ask that question, it suggest that you have been in a diffrent planet the last thirty years. What they have done is brought joy to billions of people around the world through their music. We also know that these two greats were great philanthropist who contributed financially and timewise towards various human endervour. Their lives may not have been perfect, please show me whose life is perfect.
FiELD1stSGT, your hatred will do you in if you don't get help. Where were you when Bush was destroying this country. I guess he was a good old boy- never mind over 100, 000 Iraqs were killed in a war of convenience. Five thousand of our brave men and women have to be sacrificed for the GOP stupidity. It is obvious that common sense is not common.
Where were you when Obama told the country that the citizens united ruling was going to open up the flood gate for corperations and foreign entities to influence our election. It is stupid people like you that send the tea-party to congress to destroy this country-I guess Bush did not do enough damage. People like you will rather destroy the country than see Obama in power. Enjoy four more years of Obama-that is if your hatred and ignorant does'nt do you in.
Outside of your wannabe soldier user name- what have you done for this country. There are many of us true soldiers out here who would much rather see your kind keep marching until you reach some place where you can become your own dictator!
I really hope your not a 1st SGT on here embarrassing yourself like this. Don't represent the military in anyway when it comes to politics. You and I both know this.
Yeah, and like most Republicans, you support foreign policy that keeps us in perpetual costly wars (a campaign point of Obama), the extension of Bush's Patriot Act (a campaign point of Obama), the continuing of Gitmo (another campaign point), getting into war without Congressional approval (another campaign point), not just the continuing but the extension of Bush's faith-based initiatives, corporate wellfare (Wall Street bailouts), indefinite detention of U.S. citizens without trial in the revised NDAA (Obama's administration specifically demanded that the "non-citizen" part be taken out – Bush must be proud).
During 2008 Goldman Sachs received criticism for an apparent revolving door relationship, in which its employees and consultants have moved in and out of high level U.S. Government positions, creating the potential for conflicts of interest. Former Treasury Secretary Paulson was a former CEO of Goldman Sachs, appointed by Bush. Obama selected former Goldman Sachs lobbyist Mark Patterson as chief of staff to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, which met with criticism, even from the president's supporters due to his campaign promise regarding lobbyists in his administration.
On Wikileaks and government transparency, Obama sounded no different than Sarah Palin and the rest of them. Only one of the candidates said, "Wikileaks? We should have MORE Wikileaks."
Get past the Rep/Dem Cons/Lib "us/them" charade and look at the facts.
Republicans think its terrible because a Democrat is doing what the Republican always do.....so what, more power to the President! The media should say it just like that! No story here.
Actually, the story is that Obama railed against big money in '08 and said he wouldn't start a Super PAC, which turned out to be a lie. Do Republicans take big money? Of course. But Obama and the Democrats just sold their ethical high horse for a few hundred million dollars.
only common sense says that obama has no choice but to fight fire with fire...but that does not mean he will not work in future to eliminate citizen united....repus biggest fer next to the obama presidency is the overturning of citizens united...
Huh? No silly, Republicans arent trying to turn America into a communist country.
Oh when will you asses ( donkeys) open ur eyes.
You got that right! The GOP can't stand it when someone one-ups their game! They want large donations.....let it roll, Mr. Prez! The GOP is going down in their own turd soup.
According to our President a business owner making 250k should be taxed at the same rate as a media star or mogle making 10 million dollars. What this is about is preventing upwarde mobility.
Is it surprising that the truly rich and famous are willing to pay 30,000 for a dinner to help the President maintain they're status quo? . Come on Mr Buffett, we're not all that gullible..... or are we?
LOL... Sounds like it's all fair game to me. What? The Republicans are crying wolf? Hush up and go raise some funds. You are going to need them.
the repubs complain about Pres Obamas fundraising when the Gingrich SuperpAC gets another $ 10 milliion , over $20 million all together from the Adelsons , once again hypocrites
every President has done their fundraising for election and re-election..in the same way.. BUT it is only a problem for ths President...
I also will support the celebs that support him!
oh yeah it is not a problem for the Koch Brothers to raise $110 mil to help the republicans............oh no that is not the issue..!#!E!E!!
This is raising questions? Give me a break. Newt Gingrich's billionare gave him 21 million dollars (ok, between him and his wife) alone and Rick Santorum's billionare is shoveling globs of cash to him, along with a good helping of sexist, snarky, unfunny 'jokes'. How come no Repulbicans are raising questions about those guys? Hypocrites!
President Obama supports campaign finance reform. He would sign a bill getting rid of PACs and vastly reducing the amount of money spent on elections. The GOP does not back campaign finance reform. As long as the rules are the way they currently are and money is extremely important in elections, President Obama has to play by those rules to be competitive. At least he is willing to change things if Congress could ever pass a campaign finance reform bill (that will never happen with the GOP in control).
I firmly believe that political contributions should be limited to individuals and capped at $1000 per month per candidate. Unfortunately, until there is real campaign finance reform, this is how it works for both parties.
Get corporations, unions, churches and everything else that isn't an individual American citizen out of our elections.
I want to know why CNN is showing a photo of the President in Everett Washington at the biggest building in the world – the Boeing plan, but all it says is..."the other at Boeing in Everett, Washington" Nothing about how Boeing has come back strong after 9/11, how many jobs have been added in the last year+ .
All socialgal can do is call him puke-in-chief but more people are employed today than 2 years ago despite the Republicans in the House refusing to pass bills that would help average Americans get back to work. All they care about is big oil, and their big money friends like the Koch Brothers.
When people make comments like "puke-in-chief" I can't decide if they are naive, mean hearted, saying things that could be taken in a way that makes people think they are raciest, or just watch to much Fox News.
I'm not saying you have to like the man, but at least try to respect the office of the president of the united states of america! Some of us respect our country and even when there were other presidents in office that were of a different party I never ever in my wildest dreams would have ever considered calling the president a name like that!!!!
But then again, I guess the joy of being anonymous and online makes it easy to say these kinds of things. Because really, if you were standing face to face with the man would you call him the Puke-In-Chief?????
You are right on Lynne. These frustrated individuals lap up the drivel spewed by the Hannitiys, Limbaughs and that guy who sounds as if he is going have an aneurism any moment, Levin and because of that are now enraged to the point of hatred for the country and its people today. Where were they when Pres. Bush under the 'sage' advice of Cheney went to war with Iraq based on lies and thus caused a massive loss of life and limb and national treasure in trillions. Pres. Obama came to the WH with the economy in shambles, a repeat of the 1930s depression imminent and with much of the revenue (tax receipts) stream destroyed. Pres. Obama's achievements on defense and foreign policy which is mainly controlled by the WH shows what he could have achieved on the domestic front if the Republican's had not followed a policy of destroy him at all cost even if that meant the country too is destroyed in the process. That is the level of their hatred. Yet the President persevered. I am glad these RW thugs are slowly going extinct.
Can any conservative explain to me what benefits there are for celebrities to donate to Democrats? I know why the rich people support Republicans, it's an investment in the future for huge tax breaks.
Sour grapes repubs. Suck it up!
GOP is just mad because the celebs don't want anything to do with them. If Obama can get his funds by hobnobbing with the rich and famous then more power to him. I am sure he is getting autographs from them just as he is signing one for them. Rock on Mr. Pres!
Who in hell would want his signature?
Most of the 65 M who voted for him last time and many others who despite having voted for McCain still respect the office of the President.. That may be difficult for an angry hate-filled individual like you to understand because you have no respect for the electoral process in our democracy and the office of the President.
At least we know who is making a contribution-better than the Koch brothers with their history of connections to the John Birch Society.
OBAMA/BIDEN 2012 WARREN/NEAR FUTURE
Yep, you got it. GEORGE SOROS. Wow what a NAZI supporter he is for Obama.
So the Republicans are attacking him for spending time campaigning.....I guess they don't want him to campaign so they can just go around spreading their lies and misconceptions without any rebuttal. Get real...Politics is a hard nosed business and I fully support the President going all out to get re-elected.
the pres is not doing anything that the repos arent already doing. Only he does it better. Great numbers on unemployment good job at GM more jobs created. The repos are going bonkers so they get nastier and nastier. The more the economy improves the more the repo nut jobs will complaine. I guess having some Las vegas mogul contribute is ok but a Clooney is not. Get a grip repos Over half the country likes Obama the other half likes newt? mitt? Paul? or rick or palin. Half are all banded togeather the other half don't know who they want and are all over the map. Obama Biden 2012.
Really republicans? You call out the President on fund raising in order to properly destroy your candidate (all of who are complete jokes) when every Presidential candidate has only done that since America was born? Let's not even go to the "only cares about his job" part because Mr. Romney panders for every vote in order to get elected and would probably continue to do so to keep the White House if this country ever has to misfortune of having him elected.
Ohhh no do you see what he is doing. Going around raising money just like everyone else, with one big exception. He has received more small dollar donations than any other canidate. Which means the middle class and poor are behind him. However with the"corporations are people ruling" The Republicans can outspend him with their SuperPACS. I mean come on Newt has had 1 donor and made $20,000,000.00 and the Koch's raised 110,000,000.00 for Romney. So please give it a rest about him playing the game by their rules. If they don't like it repel the ruling.
4 year low on unemployment thats back to the bush administration. Go Obama Raise all the money you can. repos are just a sorry lot that haven't got a clue so they shoot their mouths off and have no idea hope stupid they sound. move this country forward.vote Obama 2012
obamo u is d greatest. Keep them honkeys in line
He gets my small donation every month. Most of the money has come from small doners. Good job Mr. President
You're so misinformed. Just look up one a George Soros. And see if you'd like this man backing you. IN FACT HE OWNS OBAMA.
Meanwhile, the GOTP is trying to control the uteri of American women...
Thanks to the right wing of the Supreme Court we do not have the names of the fat cat one percenters who gave obscene amounts of money to GOP/Tea Party PACs. GOP/Tea Party critics of hollywood donors to President Obama are hypocrites!
IF you make Less Than 75 K per yr – I would suggest Voting (see below) otherwise, the Rethuglicans will make sure you will be on minimum wage, when they get through with this country.
Vote Democrat 2012
Spoken like a drone
IT'S REALLY OBVIOUS YOU PEOPLE REALLY ARE DUMBBOS. IT HAS BEEN ONLY THE DEMOCRATS WHO HAVE MESSED WITH MEDICARE, SOCIAL SECURITY, WELFARE, UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS AND THE MINIMUM WAGE. IN FACT IF YOU'LL DO A LITTLE RESEARCH YOU'LL FIND IT WAS A GOP CONGRESS WHO GAVE RAISES TO THESE PROGRAMS AND THE ONLY ONES WHO DID. LBJ DESTROYED SOCIAL SECURITY. NOW IT IS OBAMA WHO WILL DESTROY MEDICARE.
vote republican 2012
Hey Doug, feel a bit lonely here? Most of the country recognizes that this President is doing a good job in spite of the GOP "do-nothings".
Actually at this rate of in-fighting and polarizing attrition I am not sure the Republican party will exist in a few years.
Waiting for Texas. Shades of purple are beginning to appear already.
Republicans need to disband and let the Libertarians rise to prominence. The once-proud GOP has become a disgrace and an embarrassment. Live and Let Live – the new Libertarian way.
Republicans are a disgrace to America.
#Obama12 Democrat Forever
Everything that OUR President does is always scrutinized. What is the problem with his fund rasing? The GOP will try to find anything make OUR President look bad because the truth is they cannot provide a better candidate. I say OUR because no matter how you feel about him he still is your President. President Clinton once said " they may not lIke me but they have to stand when I walk in the room"
Like Regan didn't do this, such very short memories we have. Both parties do it, look at Mitt, Rick, Newt and who is behind the super pacs. People get a grip.
And the point of the article is? Whatever questions are being raised are silly questions. The man who is jobless on account of the poor economy, ought not to begrudge the President's fund raising efforts. There is no relationship between the two. Elections in the USA are contested on the strength of money donated to the different campaigns. It has been this way for several years. If California is where the big donors are that support the President, then California is where he needs to go to woo them. Who would do otherwise?
Please keep listing the folks who support this puke-in-chief so I can avoid putting my entertainment dollars in their pockets.
Dear socalgal ,
Please feel free to spend your hard earned entertainment dollars on such shows as Looking for WMDS , Survivor Show , Celebrity Apprentice ,The military channel and the Genocide network , then go enjoy your happy meal !
So, republicons ... how is this ANY different than your gang of idiots using super pacs ... unlimited amounts of cash from anonymous sources ... we're waiting !!! f'ing hypocrites
Jess c _ i am not the least bit lonely – & Most of The country is as brainwashed as the left-wing extremist tv media & debate moderators 4 all of them will never vett democrats-which is exactly the way obama was able 2 get elected n the first place-now obama will tell u that unemployment is at 8.3% but he will not tell u that the underemployed is at 20%- this is bcuz he wants his useful tools 2 re-elect him !
Doug, get off fox news and get a life. you are so wrong that it is pitiful. you have been brain washed to the max.
Read; " George W. Bush and the Permanent Campaign Trail"; The Public Purpose, Vol.III by Emily Jane Charnock.....He took office in January 2001 and immediately started campaigning for reelection. He was on a campaign stop listening to children read My Pet Goat on 9/11/ 2001.
they were working on no child left behind...you might remember Mrs Bush, well she was a teacher who taught in underprivileged schools and wanted to help by promoting educational standards of excellence. She knew the value of education for these students...for lifting them up. Now we have Mz obama turning school lunches into hell hour for what...lifting up the underprivileged?
oh well...the president was interested in education and the terrorists hit us on 9/11 while he was in a class room...now isn't that just horrible? You poor hate filled racist.
No they were really into No Child Left Behind because it would make Neil and Jeb Bush millions and rake in big dough to the Texas schoolbook publishers.
No Child Left Behind: Where Does The Money Go?- by Gerald W. Bracey
Hawk_ I do not have cable or satellite & i do have a life thank u very much & u r being brainwashed into believing that i'm wrong so there4 it is in fact u who is brainwashed 2the max irestmycase !
All of these pro-Obama comments seem to revolve around the theme of "well the Republicans do it too, so it is ok for Obama". What a joke! It is not ok for ANYONE to be raising so much money from special interests. Are all of you Obama supporters really ok with all of the taxpayer loans and government contracts that somehow end up with so many political fund raisers and donors? I for one am sick of it from both parties. And let me say that I voted for Obama because I was hopeful he would not be the same ole corrupt politician prototype...but that is exactly what he has become, therefore he must be voted out. We cannot as responsible Americans reinforce this corrupt behavior just because someone is a Democrat or Republican. If the next President plays these corrupt games like Obama, then he/she should be voted out as well. They have divided too many of us based on Republican or Democrat, and it is time every American become an Independent
Well, doug, you sure get your point across very eloquently! All your comments are full of envy and hate towards the real classy, intelligent, hardworking, successful man that is our President! In order to let your frustration out you can only insult and show that you cannot comprehend facts. Typical GOP/TP with nothing to offer! Sad, really sad!
How exactly is he classy? By taking millions in political contributions in exchange for political favors? I call that slimey
Well at least Obama does not tell to put aspirin on women legs for their contraception!! Just like Santorum believes.
Obama believes in 30% tax for all. Not like Romney who believes in 14% for him and 30% for us. That 16% tax credit will be paid by us the poor!
Obama believes in investing in US land but Romney believes in Cayman island. Romney should run as Cayman island president instead US president!
I will not vote for any republican this year. Do you know why? Because they do not protect me as a little people. They are for big business. They will cancel my social security check and Medicare. I'd rather vote for Obama. He is not insane like Romney or Santorum.
I cannot stand those who attack Obama for fundraising and say that he cannot do so because he cares about the middle class.
Truth: To be elected President, one must raise an insane amount of money.
Repubs then say that anyone who cares about income inequality are hypocrites if they raise money. Therefore, no one who cares about income inequality can be both honest and raise money. Rubbish.
What's good for the goose is good for the gander.
Although I am definitely in favor of election finance reform, Obama is smart enough to know he can't go to a gun fight with a knife. He HAS TO raise money just like the Republicans so there's an even playing field.
he lost the female vote and the youth vote...and the hispanic vote soon. He is finished and he knows it...so does wall street and big business...just little thinkers like you hold on.. on to what?
I'm female -Obama-Biden 2012-2016.
Ron paul will win the nommination & the presidency _ron paul – 2012 & 2016 _ all the way baby !
If we didn't elect Bush and he didn't put a conservative on the Supreme Court to vote on Citizens United, allowing corporations to buy elections, we wouldn't be having this conversation. So don't blame the President for seeking a second term in a system rigged against real democracy.
oh my the obama unemployment numbers... just this week Gallup reported the real unemployment rate is 19.5% and the actual U3 rate is 9.8%....obama says it is just over 8%. We are being gamed...in every way possible... hope and change you can believe in...makes me sick to my stomach.
You wouldn't know facts if they kicked you in the backside where your midget brain is located.
FiELD1stSGT, Karma has come to bite you in the rear. All I can say to you 4 MORE YEARS!!!
NOvember 2012. If you continue to support the clowns in the GOP, Obama won't be able to work that magic you expected. Next time, when u're in the voting booth, make sure to vote straight dems!
No-vember 2012_the only voice of logic,knowledge,wisdom,intelligence,reason & Pure sanity-within this vast sea of total chaos & insane individuals-who r nothing more than mindless drones who cannot think4themselves-thanku no-vember 2012-i commend your effort !
Texas dud – first of all republicans r not clowns democrats r – second of all since obama takes part n works magic then he is possessed by demons – third of all no-vember never expects anything from low life obama & last of all who n their right minds vote straight dems ?
Cause they like the status quo, and tcmmunioy organizers generally want to upset it by promoting social-justice issues.They like to volunteer through their churches, which gives them an extra opportunity to force their beliefs onto others.What I find hilarious is Palin criticizing Obama's ability to be president when the only degree she has is a bachelor's in journalism from the U of Idaho. I have a better education than Sarah Palin. Obama got into Harvard and didn't even need his daddy to do so, edited an academic journal, and taught law at the COLLEGE LEVEL at an excellent university. He obviously has a head on his shoulders, whereas one can never be sure with a Repug. But I know Repugs have a long, proud history of supporting shallow actors (Reagan) and beauty queens.
They complain the President is out campaigning and raising funds in an effort to keep his job. Well Republicans must be stupid if they think the man is going to just do his job as POTUS and not make an effort to keep the job Republicans are fighting to take from him. What am I saying?.............Republicans are stupid. If President Obama walked on water, Republicans would cry foul claiming he paid GOD to support him as he walked on water. Show me the Republican that is stupid enough to stand up to GOD and tell HIM to stop supporting Obama when he walks on water and I will show you a Republican that is only half the man and half as smart as Sarah Palin.
Ken – everything u said makes no since
u need your head examend
cuz u were dropped on your head when u were a baby
The Republicans are just whining because they are beginning to realize they are going to lose no matter who they pick as their candidate for the Presidency.
It concerns me that so many of these gop supporters are so ignorant, the gop are the worst that this great country has to offer, you pride yourselves on morality when in fact you are the worst offenders. Word of advice to you gop supporters no matter how you spin it the facts speaks volumes, get used to the idea of 4 more years of OBAMA/BIDEN.
Ken is 100% correct. The President could save the planet from a meteor and the GOP will find something to cry about. Bin Laden was killed by Seal Team Six who was given the green light by our President and yet the GOP whined about that too. I have heard it all and none of it makes any sense except that they want to discredit every action he makes. If you look at the hard facts we are in a better position now than the fall of 2008. If the GOP who are in office actually worked WITH the President I would bet we as a country would be in a much better position.
Your argument goes off track right about where you start talking hypotheticals involving meteors or something. It is just a fact that many people do not agree with Obama's policies, and there is nothing wrong with that. Instead of getting angry at your fellow Americans, why don't you try getting mad at Obama, Cantor, Reid, Bohner, Pelosi, and all of the other politicians who are passing out political favors and bankrupting this country. They need you to fight in order to maintain status quo, are you so blind?
at least clinton realized he was not king and worked with the top...and we had a fairly decent economy...o'butthead refuses....and that is a fact. Fortunately obama is finished and he knows it...in fact wall street knows it and so does American business... just a few air heads like you holding on to the wet dream.
Wow! celebrities are supporting the president! gee and they know everything! we should just wait and see who oprah tells us to vote for.
It's his job to protect us against another conservative looting of the US treasury and the American people that happened during 2000-2008.
Good for you, President Obama!
Gpop is the 1 who is the pansy & a loser with a loser attitude & a wannabe like the rest of the democrat dictators who have cheated the system & will never stop cheating the system & it is rats like u who always whine & feel entitled 2 everything & never work hard 4it & It is the democ-rats who invented snuff dipping & What has obama done 4this nation & I hope he gets deported back2kenya !
By the book? How can he raise $38,000 from one person? I thought that the max a person can donate to a Presidential Campaign was $2,500.
LMFAO @ all the Obama supporters. I see, OK, First of all Field1stSGT, AWESOME that you used "Mind bottling" in a sentence! I don't agree with ya on the MJ thing (Whitney "Crank" Houston I do though) However sir you waste your breath, see... The fact is, most democrats aren't auto didactic, They take the info (or lack their of) and fit it to meet their needs. They say Obama is a great man that helps the middle class, I make $48'600 a year and I've paid more and more every year he's been in office, yet he's for the "middle class". These supporters have nothing to do all day but collect their welfare and unemployment checks and complain about maybe having to take drug tests to get their money. EVEN though I have to take a drug test to earn it for them. So don't waste your time, saddly I think Obama will get re-elected though, because their are WAY too many stupid people out there, It's like that movie "Idiocracy"... And we're like Luke Wilson's character.
Why don't Republicans go down to the local soup kitchen and *volunteer* some time to sanistisg the homeless and the needy during the Thanksgiving rush With your vast knowledge base .. you believe this to be true? Obama knows what is affecting Americans the most Wow I think it is time for some serious reflection you are just grasping at straws with half truths and baseless accusations
Wake up u morons. Jobs our ur responsibility not government. They yoyo national debt making u think they care about it which they dont caus were debt based society. No debt=No economy. Ron paul wants us to have real money option and wean off reserve notes that enslave us financialy and politicaly
Amazing how brainwashed the democrats are, its sickening. You have to be an idiot to believe the unemployment numbers. They even told you how they are skewing them. So there is zero doubt the numbers are a lie. my question is where were the democrats, including obama when the crash happened? Seems you don't know in control of congress! But yet they act like they have no blame? Pathetic!
Gpop everything u say – is what i say about u & democ-rats
Every single obama butt-kisser posting on this site r all dead wrong about everything & completly backwards n everything they post – thay all need 2b deported out of this country with every demonrat ( democrat )
And every single Establishment Republican butt-kisser is no better.
The food stamp President is finally going to California to obtain the money from the celebrates. It's funny how he claims to be the voice and figure of the working and middle-class people, yet the price to visit to his events is more expensive than any of the can affort. How double-talk is the man? While the debt has risen to 16 trillion dollars, the unemployment up to 10%, and business are dying. You liberals and Democrats that praise him ask yourselves, what has he done positive for America and helped individuals? Now of ahead and list them and I'll show you how ridiculous your claims are.
N the white-house never did anything worthy of a nobel peace prize irestmycase !
[A response re a propagandized “You Tube” posting]
What really "blows my mind" is how the posting you suggested is suppose to be considered objective and unbiased. That stuff is designed to support a very specific bias and is really an aggressive effort at manipulating people's thinking. The real shame is when people don't look beyond the surface and just buy into the con. I wish something like the following could go right along with it.
What they are trying to sell is that "big government" is a negative and is the cause of our problems. They do admit that the faulted growth has happened over more than the last decade, therefore over the Bush 8 yrs as well as the Obama 3 yrs, but since the Republican / Tea Party is aggressively faulting the Democrats on "big government", the bias is obviously against the Democrats and is pro-Republican.
What is reality? First, while cutting spending, reducing government's size and keeping taxes low are all good goals, they won't ever solve our current problems as the opposite isn't what actually caused the problems. In fact, there is real justification for claiming that government spending will help stimulate the economy and work to get us out of our problems. Second, what has really caused our problems is exactly what the Republican / Tea Party constantly supports and is what they are quietly trying to return to ("more of the same" Bush-Cheney style). Bush-Cheney proved beyond any doubt that the "trickle down" theory is a total fraud that just makes the wealthy wealthier and solicits political support – without any real value for the majority. What we have experienced that has caused our problems, and then even increased the deficit in having to respond to those problems, is the exploitation by "the few" (1%), encouraged by a permissive, co-responsible government, that ends up greatly costing the majority (99%). The pushing of excessive deregulation, lax oversight, non-enforcement and favorable policies, giving the connected few advantage, literally just promoted run-away greed, gross dishonesty and abusive self-indulgence that resulted in repeated crises in savings and loans, banks, dot.coms, the investment, mortgage and financial industries as well as corporate corruption (like Enron) and industry failures. Politician's focusing on placating and patronizing "the money" for their strong political support (with the Republican / Tea Party literally becoming an owned and controlled entity) is what actually facilitated our problems – to now return to "more of the same" would just continue that catastrophe for the majority.
There are those (with a whole lot of money, power and influence) constantly trying to con the people and manipulate public opinion to gain support for a return to "more of the same", which greatly benefits them ("the few"), and will again cost the majority substantially. Their insatiable "more" (never enough) appetite drives them as they constantly, without conscience or hesitation, push this country further and further into being a two-class society with "the few" competing in having it all (where the “big numbers” and huge increases really are) while the majority, including the total middle-class, struggles to survive. That is easily substantiated by just looking, objectively and rationally, at the results, the problems and the constantly growing gap between the very wealthy and the middle-class – there is no real concern anywhere in there for the average American, only propaganda.
Should government ever concentrate on really addressing and solving our problems (instead of just on their political ambitions) by creating jobs and stabilizing the economy, then addressing "big government" would be an easier task. For the Republican / Tea Party to do that, they would have to break the stranglehold "the money" has on them. It has been said that the Republicans, being owned and controlled by "the money", are actually totally incapable of honestly and responsibly governing – the last twelve years would seem to fully substantiate that. The courts have refused to do it, the politicians will never do it ... now can the people, the voters actually do it? The only way to get money out of politics is to render it ineffective. When the people refuse to be conned, when they reject the propaganda (like the posting you recommended) and the "puppet" politicians are firmly rejected, thereby rendering "the money" ineffective, then the politicians will have to responsibly and honestly concentrate on representing the people, instead of just "the money".
Good luck to us all.
The self-serving traitors, out west, are handing their gold over to obama, so he can create a golden calf for them to worship.
ron paul carries all 50 states obama only carries washington d.c.
ron paul-100%voter turnout
ron paul-99,999,999 n popular votes
obama-1,000,000 n popular votes
ron paul-525 electoral votes
obama-0 electoral votes
ron paul wins the 2012 election n the greatest landslide victory n the history of the united states of america !
Are you smoking crack again??
The President had no choice because the learned people sitting on the bench of the US Supreme Court opened the flood gates.This ruling needs to be reversed and quickly or democracy will be a thing of the past in the USA.This has to be one of the most asinine rulings ever made by this body of jurists.
the dems will kill the gop losers
later you simple minded gop turds
obama will have no problem beating the simple minded backwards gop
Big money is OK as long as democrats are getting it. The hypocrisy in the democrat ranks is truly astounding.
A vote for Obama is a vote for Biden, and you thought Palin was bad.
The hypocrisy on big money is simply asounding.
Obama was not born n america he was born n kenya his birth certificate is a complete forgery created by officials very close to him so that he can sucessfully pull a wool over the eyes of everyone who voted 4 him – but the damage was already done it is what it is & there is nothing no1 can do anything about bcuz the government allowed him2 run4office – now they cover his grades 2 make sure no1 can see them 2realize that he is inexperianced – but then again he already has proven 2every1 that he know nothing about economics bcuz he is not a leader he is nothing more than just a shyster lawyer & a looney community organizer – irestmycase !
You have the intelligence of a gnat.. Posting lies that earn a Pants On Fire falsehood.
Why is it Ron Paul supporters are idiots?
You can tell you live in a fantasy world. Believing Obama will help you. Your heroes are the likes of the Child Molester Michael Jackson and the Drunkard, Drug Using Whitney Houston. Neither donated nothing for the humanity of this world.
Both Michael and Whitney have sold over 200 million records worldwide. Michael has a foundation to help African children. Whitney Houston was one of the Executive producers for the movie "Princess Diary II". This is just the tip of the iceberg of what Michael and Whitney has done for the world. Their music will go on in history to be heard day in and day out over the entire globe. Fortunately, FiELD1stSGT your words can not stop these two beautiful song birds voices from soaring from the heavens or on earth. You words of hatred towards Obama, Whitney, nor Michael will not stop their historical contributions to America and the world. America has overcome your way of thinking. Get a clue.
What Field1stSgt...will not tell you, is the closest he ever came to battle was in some paintball militia...plus his caps lock key is usually stuck on all caps.
The president is playing by the same rules as the GOP and what was decided in a 5 – 4 decision by the not so Supreme Court that corporations are individuals and that donating all that money to super pacs is free speech. Time to send another check to Obama 2012.
It is fair game. But everything will back on the people. But for sure I won't vote for Republican this time. Not for Romney, not Santorum , not Ron, not Newt.
They pay 14% tax and the rest of the people pay 30%.
They want to abolish social security and Medicare to pay their 16% tax credit. Hoe nice!!
Romney pays a really low tax rate because a great deal of his income is from capital investments. Santorum is not in the capital investments business and paid double Romney's rate, which actually puts him at a higher tax rate than Obama's 26%. Ron Paul is not in the capital investment business either. Gingrich paid 31%. They likely all have benefitted from capital gains, but I don't believe any of the other candidates can come close to paying as low a rate as Romney because they are not involved in the type of business Romney is. Before you point fingers, you really should check the stats first.
The reason why Romney can be pointed at is because not only did he pay such a low rate, he also voted in favor of it.
Btw why vote for Ron? He wants to legalize prostitution!! I dont think so!! That's not gonna happen Ron!! Gosh he is 100 years old and he still wants s e x? LOL
Obama voter :
2 Beautiful songbirds-0%
America overcomming this way of thinking-america hopes not
There4 it is u who has no clue
Liberalism ia a mental disorder that has no cure & spreads like a virus infecting the cultural & political & religious body_only armageddon can destroy this virus not the mental instituitions it has escaped from !
Basically Conservatives are the Loyalist who got on the boat and went back to England and King George.
This country was founded by liberals. Today's conservative teapotty types are nothing more than KKK Nazis.
it is a fact : congress has all the power & the president is just a figurehead
democrats controlled the house&senate from 2007-2011 now with that said-
Which party do u obama voters believe caused the recession that is still going?
First off you are not stating facts.
109th Congress 2005-2007 100 Senators -44D – 55R – ! ind - 435 Representatives 202 D- 231 R – 1 ind- 1 vac.....certainly a Republican majority in both houses.
110th Congress 2007-2009 100 Senators: -49D – 49R – 2 Ind – 435 Representatives: 233 D- 198 R – 4 vacancy....evenly divided Senate.
111th Congress 2009-2011 100 Senators: -57D – 41R -2 Ind- 2 vac – 435 Representatives: 256 D-178 R-1 vacancy. No super majority in the Senate.
Source: Composition of Congress, by Political Party, 1855-2013
It doesn't matter what the house passes, it takes a 60 vote super majority to generally move contentious things through the Senate. Sixty is a filibuster proof majority. At no time has democrats had a super majority in the Senate...and then you have Democrats from southern states who are basically Republicans.
Every1 please 4give jean2009 she 4got2 take her anti-psychotics &she is desperately overdue 4another psycho therapy session bcuz everything she believes is based on communist websites she likes 2post on this webpage
Fair question, Paul. I don't have the wneasr but the past several are all starting to look alike, aren't they? No doubt Romney would carry the GOP banner and continue supporting the wealthy and controlling corporate interests. He knows where his bread is buttered and he respects that. In light of his flip-flopping past he does not appear to be principled so much as politically strategic. And then there is the Mormon thing.What do you think he would be like as president?
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