The most remarkable aspect of the new book The Rise of the President’s Permanent Campaign, by Annpolis political science professor Brendan J. Doherty, is that its revelations will come as big news to those Americans who manage to learn about them. If President John McCain was holding an obscene amount of fundraisers while running for re-election amid the wreckage of an economy that teetered on the edge of a double-dip recession, after years of a largely stagnant “recovery,” the press would have long since added up the numbers and shouted them from the front pages.
As it stands, we must turn to the UK Daily Mail to learn about Doherty’s book, which confirms that President Obama does indeed spend more time raising funds than any of his predecessors. In fact, he’s done more re-election fundraisers than his last five predecessors combined:
Doherty, who has compiled statistics about presidential travel and fundraising going back to President Jimmy Carter in 1977, found that Obama had held 104 fundraisers by March 6th this year, compared to 94 held by Presidents Carter, Ronald Reagan, George Bush Snr, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush combined.
Since then, Obama has held another 20 fundraisers, bringing his total to 124. Carter held four re-election fundraisers in the 1980 campaign, Reagan zero in 1984, Bush Snr 19 in 1992, Clinton 14 in 1996 and Bush Jnr 57 in 2004.
That’s an awful lot of $38,000-per-plate rubber chicken for an outspoken class warrior – especially since, as the Daily Mail observes, he used to spend a lot of time railing against “the corrosive influence of money in politics.” It’s also tough to swallow when you review the past year or two of the President’s official activities, and see nothing but a string of politically targeted micro-initiatives designed to hammer wedge issues into the American electorate, like the Buffett Rule and his student loan crusade.
None of this will give the Obama campaign the slightest pause when it’s time to sob about the nefarious influence of the super-PACs, which raise funds and operate independent of presidential campaigns. Obama has a super-PAC, but it’s been having trouble raising money, to the point where a million bucks from cave-man “comedian” Bill Maher made headlines.
After doing his bit for Obama’s dopey “War on Women” narrative by assaulting the President’s female critics with the most vulgar language imaginable, Maher signed himself up as a suicide bomber in the War on Mormons, dismissing Mitt Romney’s immense annual contributions to charity by saying, “All his charitable donations are to Mormons. He gives to his cult. That’s not charity. They’re not poor people.”
Maher’s profanity-laced anti-Mormon tirade got him reprimanded by no less than Paul Begala, a top Democrat strategist, who pointed out the Mormon church “does a lot of good for poor people.” Furthermore, as NewsBusters points out, while Romney donates over twice as large a percentage of his income to charity as most people in his income bracket, only a little over half of it goes to the Mormon church.
Obama’s top super-PAC donor also took a moment to describe the nation that seems so reluctant to re-elect the First Black President as “the racist states of America.”
But Obama’s under-funded super-PAC still hasn’t seen fit to return the million dollars it received from this ignorant, misogynist bigot, and the President who lectures the rest of us on our “greed” continues to harvest piles of cash from his wealthiest supporters, with a record number of fundraisers. Why, it’s a wonder Obama was able to find time to compile and publish his Enemies List of “less-than-reputable” Romney donors! Maybe he asked top Obama 2012 bundler Jon Corzine to ghost-write it for him.