Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Obama 2012 Unbeatable

If fundraising prowess is any indication -- it usually is -- then President Obama is headed for re-election. From Reuters' "Obama 2012 campaign breaks cash goal, records:"

President Barack Obama raised a record-shattering $86 million for his re-election campaign from April to June, exceeding a $60 million quarterly target and easily eclipsing all Republican challengers.

Small donations drove that massive cash collection in the second quarter -- 98 percent of donations were $250 or less, with an average donation of around $69, campaign manager Jim Messina said in a video to supporters on Wednesday.

Obama's campaign said it received donations from more than 552,000 people and said it had "more grass-roots support at this point in the process than any campaign in political history."

The figures underscore just how strong an incumbent Obama is despite persistent worries among voters about the U.S. economy and unemployment and criticism from other Democrats that he has shifted right over the last few years.

"They have smashed all records," said Chris Arterton, a political management professor at George Washington University. "I think it is quite dramatic." ...

The small donor participation is especially good news.

One reason that a lot of Republicans more credible than Palin and Bachmann have announced that they won't run is that they know that is very difficult to unseat an incumbent President.


phoebes in santa fe said...

I'm really glad to hear this because I am - and always have been when I lived in Illinois - a big Obama supporter. BUT, I sent in $250.00 as a "token" a few months ago, when the campaign was announced, and that will be my last donation to Obama12.

I will be giving the rest of my contributions to House and Senate candidates through ActBlue. They're the ones who need the funding.

dlbvet said...

Excellent news. So much better than turning on my computer and seeing that Newsweek front page picture. Gave me a migraine.
We were one of those donors...and I'll continue to send money as needed. It's finally good to hear good news about his re-election chances and not all the other right-wing ridiculousness and fake polls, etc.

Anonymous said...

It's probably worth noting that Pres. Obama's fundraising of these monies is for his actual re-election campaign - not one cent of it goes to a PAC where money can be arbitrarily re-routed into other funds for other purposes.

The 552k+ folks (like me) who made donations will be getting exactly what we were told our money would go for: the President's re-election campaign.

We aren't funding a family vacation or supporting a candidate who is not a candidate at all.

Shame on you Sarah Palin for how you take advantage of the very people you claim to protect.