Obama 2012 raises $86 million in small donations

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The Obama 2012 campaign files its first financial report with the Federal Election Commission on Friday July 15. In an email to Obama supporters, the campaign noted that, “the Washington chatter around the report we're releasing has focused on one number: the sum total we've raised.”

That number, as it turns out,  is more than $86 million, with 98 percent of the contributions coming in at $250 or less, with the average donation being $69, according to the Obama campaign.

”But other numbers that the pundits often ignore -- like how many field offices we and the DNC have open, how many one-on-one conversations we've had with potential supporters, and how many people have already decided to own a piece of this campaign -- tell the real story of our campaign,” Jim Messina, campaign manager for Obama for America, observed in an emailed statement.

According to a video the Obama campaign released today, they’ve had 31, 000 face-to-face conversations and 290,000 phone conversations with supporters. And they have already held 650 grassroots planning meetings and signed up 1,500 full-time volunteers.

”All those numbers are in the video, and they're the ones you should be proud of today. Watch it now,” the Obama campaign suggests.

The campaign concludes by noting that, "our opponents won't have hundreds of thousands of people giving whatever they can afford -- so they'll be relying heavily on money from two sources to fund an unprecedented barrage."

These two sources, the campaign claims, are "Washington lobbyists and special interests whose explicit aim is to influence the federal government in any way they can," and, "outside groups that don't have to disclose a word about what they've raised or who they've raised it from, like one of Karl Rove's political organizations. His groups have set an astounding $120 million fundraising goal in their campaign to tear down President Obama.”

The specter of Rove (aka the “boy genius” or “Turd Blossom” depending on your point of view) rising from the ashes like Harry Potter’s nemesis Voldemort isn’t exactly comforting (unless you believe that American politics are on a parallel track to the outcome of the Harry Potter 7: Part 2 movie, which opens this Friday.)

As the Obama campaign notes, “The threat to our success from these determined groups -- acting solely in their own interest, not the public interest -- is real, and it's growing. And it's going to take serious commitment and vigilance from all of us to withstand their attacks while still building the grassroots campaign we'll need to win.”

Now I know plenty of people who are pissed off at Obama, because, yes we did kill Osama, and yes we didn’t withdraw all the troops from Afghanistan, etc. etc. But it feels as if the moment is already here in which regular folks need to remind themselves what life under a Republican administration with Rove’s hands on the wheel  was truly like. Unless, of course, you truly believe that life under Obama is just as bad. In which case, let's hear about the realistic alternatives...

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And enhanced them in many cases. We're using more drones, in more places, than we were under Bush - and with Libya we're now involved in THREE conflicts abroad.

Clearly Obama is better than Bush or McCain - no question. But life isn't all kittens and dew drops under Obama either.

Posted by Lucretia "Secretia" Snapples on Jul. 13, 2011 @ 4:05 pm

Obama has continued and expanded nearly all of the policies from Bush/Cheney/Rove including the "Patriot" Act, torture (see Bradley Manning, ex), rendition, illegal spying, mountain top removal, black sites, the concentration camp in Cuba, off-shore prison boats (which are part of Obama's FBI prison-industrial complex) and the list goes on and on (such as eroding social security, medicare and medicaid). His two nominees to the Supreme Court voted for this:

Supreme Court upholds warrantless search of apartment based on marijuana smell
http://tinyurl.com/44tze9o

Some in denial say he's "caving" to the Republicans. Nonsense. He's IS a Republican so he's working with his colleagues the Republicans. Those who say he's "caving" or "giving in" are the Obama disciples who fell for his BS and lies to begin with and fail to see him for what and who he really is.

There are FIVE "conflicts" (to use the 1984 sanitized term) now (that we know about):

1. Iraq
2. Afghanistan
3. Pakistan
4. Libya
5. Yemen.

Life is not better under Obama than under George W Bush (or as it would have been under McCain). Obama consulted McCain for his cabinet choices, you know.
Foreclosures are soaring, banks are closing (3 banks closed last month, 2 in Michigan and 1 in Colorado if memory serves correctly for a total of 50+ bank closings so far this year here in the US Empire as I remember from reading an article about it last week). Obama has done a couple of positive things for the GLBTQ community, but most of it has been "window dressing" and merely to buy GLBTQ votes, (and it will probably work). Why do I say that: Well, because Obama has said he's not "comfortable" with gay people and is "evolving," and he is opposed to same-gender marriage. So I don't think his actions regarding GLBTQ issues have been sincere.

Obama is the best president the tea party and Republicans could ever have and that's why they keep sticking up for him despite any theatre show of "opposition" they act out to the contrary for the masses' consumption. Obama is a corporatist neocon Republican with a symbolic D behind his name. Period. He and his party both work for the corporations (just like the Republicans do). Both parties are responsible for the "unrest" that is happening in this nation and the downward spiral that is happening to Empirians here in the US Empire.

There are many people who are still fawning over and in love with their "savior" Obama (in part because they fell for him to begin with and gave him $80 during the last campaign and voted for him). They can't imagine their Obama bubble being burst! They make excuses, justifications, defenses and dive to all depths to defend their millionaire D politician no matter what he does. Even when it's the same things Bush did. The same people who rightly screamed about Bush and his despicable policies/actions are still making excuses and justifications for their Obama having done the same things. There's a word for that: Hypocrites! They choose Denial instead of reality. Tough luck. This nation is in a major state of Denial on many levels.

Posted by Jorge Orwell 1984 on Jul. 13, 2011 @ 5:58 pm

i just want to make a donation on barack obama's election camp[aign

Posted by trinidad smith on Aug. 02, 2011 @ 2:28 am