Money was a wonderful thing in 2008, when Barack Obama had so much of it that he became the first major party presidential candidate to turn down federal financing of his campaign. But the worm has turned in 2012. Dismayed by Obama’s lousy record in office, contributors are abandoning his campaign and swinging their support to Mitt Romney. The campaigns have released their June fundraising numbers, and Romney has scored another solid victory.
Romney raised a remarkable $106.1 million, exceeding his May total by $29 million, and now has $160 million on hand. Romney clobbered Obama, who raised only $71 million. That prompted this mournful email from Patrick Gaspard, Executive Director of the DNC:
Our fundraising numbers from June are in. Along with President Obama’s campaign, we raised $71 million, making this month our biggest yet. That’s something to be proud of.
But we still got beat. Mitt Romney and the Republican Party raised more than $106 million — making it the second month in a row that they outraised us, this time by $35 million.
That’s a big gap. And if we don’t do everything we can to close it now, we risk losing more than just a fundraising race in November.
Donate $5 or more today to close the gap. …
We’re working hard to make sure Democratic candidates win in November, but we’ve got an uphill battle if Romney and the Republicans continue to outraise us at such a pace. While Mitt Romney and the Republicans rely on mostly big donors to fund their campaigns, in June alone, more than 700,000 donors stepped up to support the DNC and Obama campaign.
We’ve got to do everything we can to put a stop to the Republican momentum — so donate $5 or whatever you can to close the gap. It can’t wait another day….
You can practically smell the desperation. But the Democrats aren’t giving up. Instead, they are teaming up with the far left to try to make Romney’s successful fundraising a campaign issue. Hence the minuscule demonstration they mounted yesterday at a fundraiser at David Koch’s Long Island home, which I reported on here. A video that was shot inside the demonstration has surfaced; it shows even more vividly than photographs how lame the effort was:
These goofs purported to be protesting against money in politics, but that is a joke: the Democrats’ only complaint about money is that this year, they aren’t raising enough of it. And yet news outlets covered yesterday’s demonstration as though it had some significance, and reported seriously on the fact that people who attend a $50,000 a plate fundraiser are–brace yourself!–rich. Together, the pitiful handful of demonstrators and sympathetic reporters coordinated with the Obama campaign, providing it with material for its latest fundraising appeal:
We’re getting our first reports in about Mitt Romney’s high-priced fundraiser with one of the Koch brothers yesterday.
This is what one donor had to say about Democrats:
“I don’t think the common person is getting it… they don’t understand what’s going on.
I just think if you’re lower income — one, you’re not as educated, two, they don’t understand how it works.”
This is the kind of thinking that we’re up against in this election.
If you don’t think our country should be run by people who think you need a yacht for your opinion to count, then now’s the time to show it:
Please donate $3 or more right now to beat out-of-touch Republicans >>
DCCC Political Director
Of course, reporters never pursue the rich people who attend Obama’s $50,000 fundraisers and ask them questions, hoping for answers from which they can excerpt something to make the Obama supporter look stupid.
A candidate only has two options: he can raise more money than his opponent, or he can complain about the role of money in politics. He can’t do both, and every candidate’s first choice is to do the former. So the more Obama complains about Romney’s fundraising prowess, the better we should like it.