More Campaigning Lies?

14 Jul

From the pen of Jonathan Last, in The Weekly Standard:

.  .  .  [T]he Obama campaign has been poor-mouthing for months in fundraising emails to supporters, begging for $50, $20, even $5. In these sad-sack emails, Obama’s people morosely say that they’re resigned to being outspent by the Romney money machine in November.

If only it were true.

The Washington Post’s Ed Rogers crunched some numbers the other day. Here’s what he came up with:


To date, the Democratic National Committee, the Obama campaign and Obama super PACs have raised $471,400,000. This does not include at least $400 million that the labor unions have pledged to spend on Obama’s behalf. The Romney campaign, Republican National Committee and Romney super PACs have raised $264,223,126—and much of that was spent during the Republican primary contest.


If Rogers’s math is correct—and I haven’t seen anyone challenging him yet—then what we’re likely to see down the road is basically what we’re already seeing now in Ohio and other battleground states: a well-financed Romney operation that’s still outspent by pro-Obama forces.

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2 Responses to “More Campaigning Lies?”

  1. drugsandotherthings July 14, 2012 at 7:31 pm #

    ah yes, fun with numbers. Ignoring that Obama has well over a year head start in fundraising. Ignoring that the republican presidential contest broke all records in fundraising and spending. Ignoring that since Romeny has become the presumptive nominee his fundraising has handily beaten Obama. And ignoring that for the Republicans, the real influx of money is only just starting, and won’t peak for another 2+/- months.

    • illero July 15, 2012 at 8:28 am #

      Still — it would appear, wouold it not, that the Obama campaign has more than a 2-1 edge in raising campaign funds for this race, at this point? So doesn’t that make it unseemly, at best, to be soliciting money on the basis of being the financial underdog in this race?

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