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Obama guilt-trips supporters for cash

Mike Flynn at Big Government relates a “desperate and creepy” fundraising letter sent from the Obama campaign to supporters who haven’t made an online donation to the Algae-Farmer-In-Chief’s re-election effort yet. 

The letter begins by making it clear to the penny-pinching supporter that his donations are being carefully monitored by Obama HQ, and “you haven’t made an online donation to this campaign at this email address.”  Then it delivers an armor-piercing guilt trip aimed right at that tightly sealed wallet:

I’m not writing to ask you for money again. I’m actually writing to ask your opinion about why you haven’t given, and what you think would inspire you or other Obama supporters like you to decide to take the leap and donate.

[…]

There’s a good reason we’re asking for your feedback: The kind of organization we all decided to be a part of only works if people like you pitch in to build it.

As Flynn observes, this is not the behavior of a campaign with “organic and growing support.”  It’s also not the only weird fundraising letter to bubble out of the Obama campaign recently.  At Christmastime, the Great Uniter celebrated “the holiday season” by offering to send a taunting email to that hated Republican friend or relative in your life, in exchange for a minimum $3 donation.

Last week, the Obama campaign tried to squeeze a little cash out of conspiracy-minded Occupy Wall Street sympathizers by describing GOP candidate Mitt Romney as a tool of the evil Koch Brothers… who were somehow held responsible for Barack Obama’s soaring gas prices.  Hilariously, this desperate play for campaign funding was entitled, “They’re Obsessed.” 

In just about 24 hours, Mitt Romney is headed to a hotel ballroom to give a speech sponsored by Americans for Prosperity, a front group founded and funded by the Koch brothers.

Those are the same Koch brothers whose business model is to make millions by jacking up prices at the pump, and who bankrolled Tea Party extremism, and committed $200 million to try to destroy President Obama before Election Day.

So in the hours before Romney courts two men obsessed with making Barack Obama a one-term president, let’s see how many of us can chip in to the Two-Term Fund.

They should be calling it the “$10 Per Gallon Gas Fund,” since that is the stated goal of Obama’s energy secretary.  Or maybe the “Twenty More Solyndras Fund,” or the “$20 Trillion National Debt Fund.”

Philip Ellender, President for Government and Public Affairs at the Koch Companies Public Sector LLC, responded to the lunatics at Obama campaign headquarters with a letter that deserves to read in full, but here’s a taste:

Contrary to your assertion that we have “committed $200 million to try to destroy President Obama,” we have stated publicly and repeatedly since last November that we have never made any such claim or pledge. It is hard to imagine that the campaign is unaware of our publicly stated position on that point. Similarly, Americans for Prosperity is not simply “funded by the Koch brothers,” as you state — rather it has tens of thousands of members and contributors from across the country and from all walks of life.

Further, our opposition to this President’s policies is not based on partisan politics but on principles. Charles Koch and David Koch have been outspoken advocates of the free-market for over 50 years and they have consistently opposed policies that frustrate or subvert free markets, regardless of whether a Democrat or a Republican was President.

In other words, it is as accurate to say Americans for Prosperity is “funded by the Koch Brothers” as it would be to say that Obama’s campaign is “funded by George Soros,” or that his 2008 campaign was “funded by Wall Street.”

Ellender also feels compelled to explain to the geniuses who brought you a non-stop string of “green energy” bankruptcies that “We own no gasoline stations and the part of our business you allude to, oil and gas refining, actually lowers the price of gasoline by increasing supply.  Either you simply misunderstand the way commodities markets work or you are misleading your supporters and the rest of the American people.”  It was awfully sporting of Ellender to make that second sentence an “either-or” proposition.


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