Obama 18 min phone call to campaign donors begging them to send more money now

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    Jul 01, 2012 4:05 AM GMT
    [Note: In 2008, Obama broke his promise to accept Federal campaign funding which would have put him on an even keel with Sen McCain because he knew he could raise more and have a significant advantage over McCain. Also, the Obama campaign website in 2008 did not verify names and address with credit card donations, in contrast to the McCain and Hillary Clinton websites, standard internet commerce practice. Obvious purpose to make more difficult checking for illegal contributions including from foreign sources. When New York Post broke the story of Mickey Mouse and Daffy Duck successfully contributing to the campaign, their reporters were kicked off the Obama campaign plane.

    Also, this year the Obama campaign tried to intimidate Romney donors and maintained an enemies list and sent out detectives to dig up dirt on the donors. Guess it hasn't worked so far.

    Just to recall so that your sympathy for Obama is kept in check.]

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/06/30/exclusive-president-obama-asks-campaign-donors-to-send-him-more-money.html

    Exclusive: President Obama Asks Campaign Donors to Send Him More Money
    by Lloyd Grove Jun 30, 2012 6:40 PM EDT

    In an anxious conference call from Air Force One, Obama asked campaign donors to send more money. Lloyd Grove obtained the tape and describes the presidential pitch.

    President Obama sounded weary and maybe a tad worried late Friday during a rambling conference call with campaign donors whom he repeatedly begged to send money—and send it now.

    “The majority on this call maxed out to my campaign last time. I really need you to do the same this time,” the president said in a highly unusual (and presumably legal) fundraising pitch from Air Force One on his way back to Washington from Colorado Springs, where he’d been assessing the terrible damage caused by uncontained wildfires. A special phone on the government aircraft is dedicated to political calls that are paid for by the campaign.

    “I’m asking you to meet or exceed what you did in 2008,” the presidential pitchman continued, speaking to donors who were invited to dial in based on their contributions during the last election. “Because we’re going to have to deal with these super PACs in a serious way. And if we don’t, frankly I think the political [scene] is going to be changed permanently. Because the special interests that are financing my opponent’s campaign are just going to consolidate themselves. They’re gonna run Congress and the White House.”

    The president’s 18-minute pleading—a recording of which was provided to The Daily Beast by an Obama contributor—hardly sounded like a man doing a victory lap after Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling upholding Obamacare, as the Affordable Care Act has come to be known. Or, for that matter, like a candidate who has been beating his Republican opponent in recent polls of key battleground states.

    Rather, Obama sounded like a dog-tired idealist forced to grapple painfully with hard reality. “In 2008 everything was new and exciting about our campaign,” Obama said. “And now I’m the incumbent president. I’ve got gray hair. People have seen disappointment because folks had a vision of change happening immediately. And it turns out change is hard, especially when you’ve got an obstructionist Republican Congress.”


    But lest any of his donors believe the president sounded depressed, Obama quickly added: “Nevertheless, we’ve gotten more done in the last three years than most presidents do in eight years … I just hope you guys haven’t become disillusioned. I hope all of you still understand what’s at stake and why this is so important … I still believe in you guys, and I hope you still believe in me and the possibilities of this campaign.”

    In his most detailed assessment of the race so far, Obama lamented the cash advantage of Republican nominee-designate Mitt Romney, but offered hope that he could win reelection with a superior ground game and a more popular message. “We don’t have to match these guys dollar for dollar because we’ve got a better grassroots operation and we’ve got a better message,” he said. “The American people—the nice thing is they agree with our message when they hear it. We just can’t be drowned out … A few billionaires can’t drown out millions of voices.”

    Obama noted that campaign-finance law requires both him and Romney to release monthly reports on fundraising—“and that could be a double-edged sword,” he said. “The downside is that the media hear these numbers and hyperventilate over it, and there’s a tendency to blow them out of proportion. But it does make the process more transparent. We see where we stand. And right now on a month-to-month basis, we’ve fallen behind.”

    The president added: “Last month the Romney campaign raised $76 million. We raised $60 million.” That determines “our planning for whether or not we are gonna go on the air in Florida or Ohio or any of these battleground states, how much advertising we buy, what we spend when it comes to organizing teams.”

    He added: “The truth is that early money is always more valuable than late money. And what we don’t want to do is be in a situation where, because everybody thinks that somehow we’re gonna win or people will just think Mr. Romney doesn’t know what he’s talking about—and then suddenly we get surprised later because it turns out that a couple of billionaires wrote $20 million checks and have bought all the TV time and we find ourselves flat-footed in September or October … We’ve got to make sure that we purchase advertising through August and September before the conventions,” he went on. “I think it’s fair to say that if we wait till the last minute we could be in for a pretty rude surprise, and that’s part of what we’re trying to avoid.”

    The president warned: “I can’t do this by myself, and the progress we’ve made could unravel pretty quickly.” He urged his listeners on the conference call to contribute “today or as soon as possible” because “we’ve got to have the resources to make the choice crystal clear for the American people both in the air and on the ground.” Obama’s solicitation was followed up by an urgent email from campaign manager Jim Messina asking recipients to write a check immediately.

    “The good news is we’re spending a lot more money on our ground game and grassroots organizing and voter registration,” the president said. “We just can’t be outspent 10 to 1. That’s what happened in Wisconsin recently. The Koch brothers and their allies,” he said, referring to billionaire conservative super-PAC funders David and Charles Koch, “spent more than the other side’s entire campaign—our side’s entire campaign.”

    Obama contrasted the former Massachusetts governor unfavorably with Sen. John McCain of Arizona, the Republican nominee last time around. “We’re facing a much different opponent than last time,” the president warned. “I don’t mean just the candidate—although last time we were running against somebody who at least believed in climate change, believed in campaign-finance reform * , believed in immigration reform.”

    “It’s also because the landscape’s changed because of the Supreme Court ruling Citizens United,” continued Obama. “We are going to see more money spent on negative ads through these super PACs and anonymous outside groups than ever before. ** And if things continue as they have so far, I’ll be the first sitting president in modern history to be outspent in his reelection campaign.”

    * And was taken advantage of by Obama.
    ** With the risk that the opponent will spend more on negative ads than Team Obama.
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    Jul 01, 2012 4:18 AM GMT
    Of course it's easy to lay all the blame on the evil billionaires. Don't forget that he benefitted from Wall Street support in 2008, which has dried up significantly. Combination of anti-business practices and demonizing them can have that effect. Don't forget the impact of many who are not as impressed with his performance as they were with his lofty, but empty rhetoric in 2008.

    By contrast, admiration from the NY Times

    Romney’s Personal Touch Pays Off With Campaign Donors
    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/21/us/politics/romneys-personal-touch-pays-off-with-donors.html?pagewanted=all
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    Jul 02, 2012 7:07 PM GMT
    Obama nor our entire country would be in this position were it not for Citizens United opening up our government to auction to the highest bidder.

    How can we ignore that an "ISRAEL FIRSTER" Dual National ADELSON, has promised unlimited amounts to defeat OBAMA because of his first interests in ISRAEL, NOT THE US. By the way, facts though against SoCals Ideological Sensitivities are not Anti Semitic.

    We should all be very concerned, Here are ADElSONS OWN WORDS REGARDING HIS INTEREST IN ISRAEL FIRST.

    In a talk to an Israeli group in July, 2010, Adelson said he wished he had served in the Israeli Army rather than the U.S. military—and that he hoped his young son would come back to Israel and “be a sniper for the IDF,” a reference to the Israel Defense Forces. (YouTube video of speech)

    “I am not Israeli. The uniform that I wore in the military, unfortunately, was not an Israeli uniform. It was an American uniform, although my wife was in the IDF and one of my daughters was in the IDF ... our two little boys, one of whom will be bar mitzvahed tomorrow, hopefully he’ll come back-- his hobby is shooting -- and he’ll come back and be a sniper for the IDF,” Adelson said at the event....“All we care about is being good Zionists, being good citizens of Israel, because even though I am not Israeli born, Israel is in my heart,” he said toward the end of his talk.


    Here's the Article from WP re; Adelsons donations to influence our elections for Israels interests not the US interests.
    From Gingrich about Adelsons donations to him “Sheldon Adelson is very deeply concerned about the survival of Israel and believes that the Iranians represent a mortal threat to Israel and the United States,” Gingrich said in an interview while on the campaign trail in Florida. “And he is deeply motivated by the question of having a commander-in-chief strong enough and willing to make sure the Iranians do not get nuclear weapons.”Asked if he had promised the casino mogul anything in exchange for the money to the super PAC, Gingrich replied: “I promised him that I would seek to defend the United States and the United States allies.”



    As much as SoCal would like to ignore the facts behind Obama's money problems it bears much repeating, to beat out the missinformation put out by the far right.
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    realifedad said Obama nor our entire country would be in this position were it not for Citizens United opening up our government to auction to the highest bidder.

    How can we ignore that an "ISRAEL FIRSTER" Dual National ADELSON, has promised unlimited amounts to defeat OBAMA because of his first interests in ISRAEL, NOT THE US. By the way, facts though against SoCals Ideological Sensitivities are not Anti Semitic.

    We should all be very concerned, Here are ADElSONS OWN WORDS REGARDING HIS INTEREST IN ISRAEL FIRST.

    In a talk to an Israeli group in July, 2010, Adelson said he wished he had served in the Israeli Army rather than the U.S. military—and that he hoped his young son would come back to Israel and “be a sniper for the IDF,” a reference to the Israel Defense Forces. (YouTube video of speech)

    “I am not Israeli. The uniform that I wore in the military, unfortunately, was not an Israeli uniform. It was an American uniform, although my wife was in the IDF and one of my daughters was in the IDF ... our two little boys, one of whom will be bar mitzvahed tomorrow, hopefully he’ll come back-- his hobby is shooting -- and he’ll come back and be a sniper for the IDF,” Adelson said at the event....“All we care about is being good Zionists, being good citizens of Israel, because even though I am not Israeli born, Israel is in my heart,” he said toward the end of his talk.


    Here's the Article from WP re; Adelsons donations to influence our elections for Israels interests not the US interests.
    From Gingrich about Adelsons donations to him “Sheldon Adelson is very deeply concerned about the survival of Israel and believes that the Iranians represent a mortal threat to Israel and the United States,” Gingrich said in an interview while on the campaign trail in Florida. “And he is deeply motivated by the question of having a commander-in-chief strong enough and willing to make sure the Iranians do not get nuclear weapons.”Asked if he had promised the casino mogul anything in exchange for the money to the super PAC, Gingrich replied: “I promised him that I would seek to defend the United States and the United States allies.”



    As much as SoCal would like to ignore the facts behind Obama's money problems it bears much repeating, to beat out the missinformation put out by the far right.




    IS THE ABOVE WHAT YOU LIKE TO SEE ?


    IS THIS HIGHEST BIDDER AUCTION HOW THE ELECTIONS FOR OUR DEMOCRACY SHOULD BE INFLUENCED ?


    ANY REPUBS PROUD OF HOW THIS IS GOING ?
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    Jul 03, 2012 8:47 AM GMT
    Don't forget that he benefitted from Wall Street support in 2008, which has dried up significantly.
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    Jul 03, 2012 4:17 PM GMT
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    realifedad said Obama nor our entire country would be in this position were it not for Citizens United opening up our government to auction to the highest bidder.

    How can we ignore that an "ISRAEL FIRSTER" Dual National ADELSON, has promised unlimited amounts to defeat OBAMA because of his first interests in ISRAEL, NOT THE US. By the way, facts though against SoCals Ideological Sensitivities are not Anti Semitic.

    We should all be very concerned, Here are ADElSONS OWN WORDS REGARDING HIS INTEREST IN ISRAEL FIRST.

    In a talk to an Israeli group in July, 2010, Adelson said he wished he had served in the Israeli Army rather than the U.S. military—and that he hoped his young son would come back to Israel and “be a sniper for the IDF,” a reference to the Israel Defense Forces. (YouTube video of speech)

    “I am not Israeli. The uniform that I wore in the military, unfortunately, was not an Israeli uniform. It was an American uniform, although my wife was in the IDF and one of my daughters was in the IDF ... our two little boys, one of whom will be bar mitzvahed tomorrow, hopefully he’ll come back-- his hobby is shooting -- and he’ll come back and be a sniper for the IDF,” Adelson said at the event....“All we care about is being good Zionists, being good citizens of Israel, because even though I am not Israeli born, Israel is in my heart,” he said toward the end of his talk.


    Here's the Article from WP re; Adelsons donations to influence our elections for Israels interests not the US interests.
    From Gingrich about Adelsons donations to him “Sheldon Adelson is very deeply concerned about the survival of Israel and believes that the Iranians represent a mortal threat to Israel and the United States,” Gingrich said in an interview while on the campaign trail in Florida. “And he is deeply motivated by the question of having a commander-in-chief strong enough and willing to make sure the Iranians do not get nuclear weapons.”Asked if he had promised the casino mogul anything in exchange for the money to the super PAC, Gingrich replied: “I promised him that I would seek to defend the United States and the United States allies.”



    As much as SoCal would like to ignore the facts behind Obama's money problems it bears much repeating, to beat out the missinformation put out by the far right.




    IS THE ABOVE WHAT YOU LIKE TO SEE ?


    IS THIS HIGHEST BIDDER AUCTION HOW THE ELECTIONS FOR OUR DEMOCRACY SHOULD BE INFLUENCED ?


    ANY REPUBS PROUD OF HOW THIS IS GOING ?


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    SoCal As usual you're accusing the dems of what the repubs are doing, (*needs money fund his lies"), Its far more likely why the likes of Adelson is so anxious to spend endless sums of money on ROMNEY because it takes extra money to sell lies for his interests.



    IS THERE A LEGITIMATE REASON YOU REFUSE TO ANSWER MY POINTS ABOVE ABOUT DUAL NATIONAL MONEY BUYING US ELECTIONS FOR OUTSIDE INTERESTS ?

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    Jul 03, 2012 9:25 PM GMT
    Obama needs money to fund his lies. They have given him a temporary bump by the outsourcing lie. But the opposition's significant funding advantage will expose the lies for what they are, fundamentally damaging Obama's strategy. It worked against Hillary, but it won't work now. Real dignity to the office of the Presidency.



    http://townhall.com/tipsheet/guybenson/2012/07/02/hillary_unleashed_in_romney_ad_shame_on_you_barack_obama

    Incidentally, the Obama lie cited in Romney's ad is the discredited outsourcing garbage Chicago has been peddling for a few weeks. We wrote about the Post's destruction of Obama's claims at the time -- they awarded his camp "Four Pincocchios" on two consecutive days last week -- and cited Jim Pethokoukis' careful reporting on the same subject. (Cliffs Notes version of the truth: The "outsourcing" attributed to Romney either occurred after he left Bain Capital, involved domestic outsourcing [moving jobs among states, not overseas], entailed companies that already had existing overseas holdings and jobs when Bain invested in them, or addressed firms that expanded their international operations to include overseas call centers in order to service local populations in their native languages). The Obama campaign, unable to run on the president's dismal record, has obstinately refused to correct the record. Now the nonpartisan FactCheck.org has examined these outsourcing allegations -- their verdict? There's "no evidence" to substantiate the mendacious anti-Romney narrative.
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    Jul 03, 2012 9:52 PM GMT
    socalfitness saidReal dignity to the office of the Presidency


    ..said the RJ dignity spokesman.
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    Jul 04, 2012 12:55 AM GMT
    [quote][cite]realifedad said[/cite]
    realifedad said
    realifedad said Obama nor our entire country would be in this position were it not for Citizens United opening up our government to auction to the highest bidder.

    How can we ignore that an "ISRAEL FIRSTER" Dual National ADELSON, has promised unlimited amounts to defeat OBAMA because of his first interests in ISRAEL, NOT THE US. By the way, facts though against SoCals Ideological Sensitivities are not Anti Semitic.

    We should all be very concerned, Here are ADElSONS OWN WORDS REGARDING HIS INTEREST IN ISRAEL FIRST.

    In a talk to an Israeli group in July, 2010, Adelson said he wished he had served in the Israeli Army rather than the U.S. military—and that he hoped his young son would come back to Israel and “be a sniper for the IDF,” a reference to the Israel Defense Forces. (YouTube video of speech)

    “I am not Israeli. The uniform that I wore in the military, unfortunately, was not an Israeli uniform. It was an American uniform, although my wife was in the IDF and one of my daughters was in the IDF ... our two little boys, one of whom will be bar mitzvahed tomorrow, hopefully he’ll come back-- his hobby is shooting -- and he’ll come back and be a sniper for the IDF,” Adelson said at the event....“All we care about is being good Zionists, being good citizens of Israel, because even though I am not Israeli born, Israel is in my heart,” he said toward the end of his talk.


    Here's the Article from WP re; Adelsons donations to influence our elections for Israels interests not the US interests.
    From Gingrich about Adelsons donations to him “Sheldon Adelson is very deeply concerned about the survival of Israel and believes that the Iranians represent a mortal threat to Israel and the United States,” Gingrich said in an interview while on the campaign trail in Florida. “And he is deeply motivated by the question of having a commander-in-chief strong enough and willing to make sure the Iranians do not get nuclear weapons.”Asked if he had promised the casino mogul anything in exchange for the money to the super PAC, Gingrich replied: “I promised him that I would seek to defend the United States and the United States allies.”



    As much as SoCal would like to ignore the facts behind Obama's money problems it bears much repeating, to beat out the missinformation put out by the far right.




    IS THE ABOVE WHAT YOU LIKE TO SEE ?


    IS THIS HIGHEST BIDDER AUCTION HOW THE ELECTIONS FOR OUR DEMOCRACY SHOULD BE INFLUENCED ?


    ANY REPUBS PROUD OF HOW THIS IS GOING ?


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    SoCal As usual you're accusing the dems of what the repubs are doing, (*needs money fund his lies"), Its far more likely why the likes of Adelson is so anxious to spend endless sums of money on ROMNEY because it takes extra money to sell lies for his interests.



    IS THERE A LEGITIMATE REASON YOU REFUSE TO ANSWER MY POINTS ABOVE ABOUT DUAL NATIONAL MONEY BUYING US ELECTIONS FOR OUTSIDE INTERESTS ?

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    STILL WAITING FOR A RESPONSE, >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>THESE ISSUES MUST BE ADDRESSED IN OUR COUNTRY BECAUSE THE TREND IS DANGEROUS TO OUR DEMOCRACY.