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Sunday, July 01, 2012

Romney Enjoys Fundraising Bonanza While Obama 'Begs' Donors For More Money

By Susan Duclos

Barack Obama got exactly what he wanted, his individual mandate part of Obamacare survived, but not how he wanted it to since it only survived legally as a tax, with the Supreme Court ruling that under the Commerce and Necessary and Proper Clauses, which Obama's lawyers attempted to argue it under, would have been unconstitutional.

The individual mandate has now been legally defined as a tax, making it, get used to hearing this because it will be hammered home every week until the November elections, the largest tax levied against the middle class in U.S. history.

Videos, news clips, Obama statements from 2008, 2009 and 2010, all claiming he would never raise taxes on the middle class, on anyone making less than $250,000 are now making the rounds again as proof of the biggest whopper Obama ever told as economists determine that 75 percent of the Obamacare taxes will hit people making under $120,000 a year.

(See Comprehensive List of all Obamacare Tax Hikes with Effective Dates)

24 hours from the announcement of the Supreme Court ruling and Mitt Romney benefited greatly from Obama's so-called win, when 47,000 small donors doled out $4.6 million to the Mitt Romney campaign.

Via Chicago Tribune:

In May, Romney and Republican groups raised more than $76.8 million for the month from 297,000 donors, an average of about $2.48 million per day and about 9,580 donations per day. So the one-day haul for Romney on Thursday was a bit less than double that amount and the number of donations was about five times the usual number.

The sharp uptick in the number of contributions means Romney is receiving more money in small quantities from regular Americans as opposed to wealthy individuals or organizations donating large sums. This could potentially translate into more votes and repeated donations.

"Research shows small-dollar donors don't give just once in most cases - they give more than once," said Republican strategist Matt Mackowiak. "Now Romney's campaign has a direct link with them. This was about expanding to a much broader network of people who now can become intense, active supporters." 
 The Tribune also notes that "most Americans oppose the new health care law, Obamacare. They have since before it was passed and have opposed it consistently since.

Now that every nightly news program, every newspaper, every talk show radio program, every online political blog and pundit has hammered home the point that the individual mandate only survived because, despite Obama claims to the contrary, it was a tax against the middle class, that opposition is translating to support for Mitt Romney as the only means of ridding the country of Obamacare via a full repeal.

Obama won the Obamacare battle and in the aftermath, realizes he might have lost the war.

Left leaning Huffington Post graphic and headline:

That headline of the article itself reads "President Obama Asks Campaign Donors To Send Him More Money."

H/T  NewsBusters

It links to a Daily Beast article which begins:

President Obama sounded weary and maybe a tad worried late Friday during a rambling conference call with campaign donors whom he repeatedly begged to send money—and send it now.

 What is Obama to do since his "signature" achievement is reviled by the very people he was elected to represent? When small donors are so enraged they are flocking to his opponent?

Head to Paris and Geneva, and beg from people who aren't even eligible to vote in America's elections, yeah, that's the ticket!!!

Apparently tiring of US soil as a source of campaign dollars, the Obama campaign is headed overseas -- with its celebrity friends in tow. The European Obama campaign starts next week in Paris on July 4 with a reception organized by various fundraising heavy-hitters. Independence Day fundraisers in Paris – now that’s a flag-waving campaign.

The Obama campaign will host events in Geneva, Switzerland in August as part of their “European outreach effort.” George Clooney will headline a fundraiser there, with 150 tickets going for $20,000 per piece. There’s even more to the bargain: if you go as a couple, the second ticket is half-off!

While Obama and Clooney are hobnobbing and campaigning overseas for the 4th of July, the Romney's, all 30 of them, are taking their annual summer vacation, together.

The candidate who so often seems uptight appears to let loose here, as he zips across Lake Winnipesaukee on his speedboat filled with his young grandkids and pops into town for ice cream at Bailey’s Bubble (he’s a sucker for any flavor with peanut butter) or nails and plywood at Bradley’s Hardware.

“He walks in here in shorts and vacation clothes, with his grandchildren like little ducks following Papa Duck,” said Christin Kaiser, who has rung him up at Bradley’s.

Romney has been spotted at the grocery store, shopping with a list in one hand. And when he visits Main Street, he sometimes arrives by boat. Asked to describe the family, local retailer David Hemenway said: “All-American apple pie.”

Kind of interesting that Obama has spent so much time calling Romney "out of touch" with the American people but contrasting what Obama is doing for the 4th of July with what Romney is doing, Romney is celebrating the holiday in manner more attuned to what Americans will be doing than Obama is, by spending it with his wife, kids and grand kids.

How many of you are heading abroad with George Clooney?

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