White House to Congress Dems: Expect no money

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    Mar 06, 2012 4:21 AM GMT
    For all the public bravado by the White House, all is not well in Obamaville.

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0312/73600.html

    President Barack Obama has a bleak message for House and Senate Democrats this year when it comes to campaign cash: You’re on your own.

    Democratic congressional leaders, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, have privately sought as much as $30 million combined from Obama for America and the Democratic National Committee — a replay of the financial help they received from Obama in 2008 and 2010.

    But that’s not going to happen, top Obama aides Jim Messina and David Plouffe told Reid and Pelosi in back-to-back meetings on Capitol Hill on Thursday, according to sources familiar with the high-level talks. It was a stark admission from a presidential campaign once expected to rake in as much as $1 billion of just how closely it is watching its own bottom line.

    Messina and Plouffe told the two Hill leaders that there would be no cash transfers to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee from OFA or the DNC, at least not before Election Day, the sources said.
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    Mar 06, 2012 4:40 AM GMT
    riddler78 saidFor all the public bravado by the White House, all is not well in Obamaville.

    horsecrap. Too bad your so jaded that you couldnt read the rest of the article. It makes perfect sense. But you wouldnt know that anyway.
    The campaign landscape has drastically changed in THIS (note, not YOURS) country due to superpacs.
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    Mar 06, 2012 4:43 AM GMT
    All is not well in Obamaville.

    But that still leaves Obama far short of the $1 billion that many pundits had predicted he would raise this cycle. Messina has railed against such claims for months, as it became a problem for Obama because some donors didn’t think he needed their support. Obama could still raise $700 million to $800 million, Democrats predict, a total that could be eclipsed by the GOP nominee, the Republican National Committee and shadowy pro-GOP super PACs.
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    Mar 06, 2012 4:55 AM GMT
    It's early yet. Once the money is coming in for the Republican nominee, the Dems will get on board.
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    Mar 06, 2012 5:38 AM GMT
    So being voted for and earning the Presidency is determined by money?
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    Mar 06, 2012 6:19 AM GMT
    meninlove said So being voted for and earning the Presidency is determined by money?


    Nope - I think money follows enthusiasm and popularity but they aren't necessary conditions. In this case, it's relevant as those like Christian have repeatedly pointed out that it is in fact the tea partiers who are largely out of touch relative to those like Occupy. I beg to differ - and we see the early indications here.

    It is certainly inconsistent with the view that Obama is riding a new wave of popularity. The presidential election will be quite close I think.

    (Parenthetically having the money advantage helped neither Meg Whitman or Jon Corzine - further, every time politicians attempt to "reform" campaign finance they manage to seemingly make it worse).
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    Mar 06, 2012 1:42 PM GMT
    meninlove said So being voted for and earning the Presidency is determined by money?
    According to riddler, money is the be all of the planet! NOTHING is more sacred! He'd even sell his mommy if he could make a dime. Sad isnt it?