The media has been full of reports ofraising more campaign donations than the president. Some have criticized the Republican nominee for raising funds from lavish dinners. The president has used these reports as a source for raising funds from his supporters, but is he telling the truth?
For the past year or so I have assisted an African American woman in her attempt to get her dad, a World War II veteran, buried at Arlington National cemetery. This was done through several articles, including "Request for black soldiers Arlinton Burial go Unanswered" on Allvoices. Instead she receives e-mails signed by Obama, soliciting donations.
An article in the Washington Post struck me the wrong way. After all the posturing by those supporting Obama and lashing out at Mitt Romney for $40,000-a-plate dinners to raise funds, this article reports that the president has raised $1.5 million in less than an hour by charging $60,000 each.
In an e-mail issued under the president's name and signed "Barack," the president almost begs his supporters to donate what they can, because Romney is out-fundraising him.
Text of the e-mail
My upcoming birthday next week could be the last one I celebrate as President of the United States, but that's not up to me -- it's up to you.
This July deadline is our most urgent yet, coming after two consecutive months of being significantly outraised by Romney and the Republicans.
And if you pitch in $3 or whatever you can before midnight tonight, you and a guest will be automatically entered to join me at my birthday get-together next month:
Thanks. Hope I'll see you soon.
At the very least, the e-mail is deceptive. The Obama Campaign has outspent the Romney campaign attempting to define the Republican candidate as an out-of-touch rich guy who outsourced American jobs overseas. Polls would indicate that none of this resonated. Mitt Romney, among potential voters, is chosen to be the one most likely to fix the economy by 2-1 and also the most likely to create jobs.
While demonizing Mitt Romney, the president goes out and raises $1.5 million from his rich Washington friends and then complains to the common folks that Romney is outraising him. This is not exactly telling the truth.
The matter of who is outraising whom is a open to interpretation, depending on which candidate you support. To say the least, the e-mail is pathetic, supposedly originating from a sitting president.
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