According to a new piece out today from the New York Times, the Obama campaign is becoming more insistent and frequent in requests for cash from supporters. This marks a stark change from 2008 when the Obama campaign had more cash than it knew what to do with.

Report from the New York Times:

Each plea for money from President Obama and his allies has become more urgent and desperate than the last.

His campaign’s chief operating officer said on Monday that “we’ve gotten our behinds handed to us.”

Vice President Joe Biden warned on the same day that Mr. Obama would lose if “the other side spends us into oblivion.”

Michele Obama worried aloud about waking up on election day “wondering if I could have done more.” And Al Gore, the former vice president, said victories by the “extremist fringe” would “spell disaster” for the country.

The answer, according to all of them? A donation of $3 (or more) by midnight on Tuesday. (The e-mails don’t say “Pretty please!” — yet.)

The urgent and repeated appeals, sent to millions of Mr. Obama’s supporters via e-mail and text messages, are a vivid reminder that the president’s campaign is likely to raise significantly less than Mitt Romney and Republicans for the third month in a row in July.

As more evidence of the fundraising gap, the Obama campaign recently put out a video of the President donating to his own campaign as a sort of “how-to” for willing donors, report on this from Politico:

President Obama has given $5,000 to his own reelection campaign, an official confirms to POLITICO.

In an email to supporters this morning, Obama said that he had given to his own reelection campaign for the first time as a symbolic gesture.

“On its own, what I gave won’t be enough to surmount the unprecedented fundraising we’ve seen on the other side, both from our opponent’s campaign and from the outside groups and special interests supporting him,” Obama wrote. “But we have always believed that there’s nothing we can’t do when we all pitch in. That includes me.”

Clearly the Obama campaign fundraising numbers aren’t adding up to what they think will be needed to fend off impending Romney attacks beginning this month. The Romney campaign has been limited in spending large amounts on advertising early on, instead choosing to withhold the brunt of the attacks for the time closer to Election Day.

On the other hand, the Obama campaign has spent large amounts already on the Romney/Bain attack ads among other things.


  1. Or perhaps, it’s a different race in 2012, you know?

    In 2008, McCain tried to run without being beholden to special interests. So Wall Street threw it’s money at Obama.

    This year, Robme knows that he can count on the rest of the ONE PERCENT to pony up, and of course, Wall Street–his people–are there for him this time. There’s no way ANYONE can compete with Robme, who spent as much as 17 TIMES as much as his opponents to buy the primaries.

    If you liked Enron, WorldCom, Bernie Madoff, Tyco, HealthSouth, Lehman Bros., AIG, and Bain Capital, you’ll love living under Robme’s overlords.

  2. Well, they are up against a big spender and they have seen what big money can do by putting Romney on stage.

  3. I’m still amazed and bewildered by all of this. Every time I hear a new scandal, its curious that he can step on that stage and act as if there is nothing wrong. Trying to bully the citizens of the USA is not even close to bullying the citizens of Chicago.He is supposed to be a smart man but I fear his giant ego gets in the way. We simply must remove him before its too late!

  4. Well, I for one, donated to Obama in 2008… but I am broke now thanks to his ill advised and terribly short sighted policies.. my business is down by 80% since 2008. So, if I’m an example, obamas supporters are broke…

    • Ron Paul to WIN — or America to END 2012!
      (there are no other options!)

      All REAL Americans, and ALL People around the world— that believe in Liberty, Peace, Prosperity, Honesty, Truth, Goodness and Self-determination —are for Ron Paul.

      President Paul wants to save our Nation and heal the World, and desires nothing for himself — making him a True Patriot (unlike the megalomaniacs that want The Presidency, so they can get a bigger pie, and engorge themselves further at the people’s expense — marking them as Leeches on the path to suck US dry)!

      Ron Paul has awoken the Sleeping Giant that is We, The People! We are growing in numbers and our voice is no longer distant thunder — but a Roaring Storm that’s approaching and eventually will wipe out the PUPPETEERS that have stolen Our Nation!

      We are the MANY, while the Criminals in Power, that want to control us, are the FEW (and their subhuman squeals are getting weaker)!


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