President Obama: Not Being Outspent or Outraised By Romney

In his State of the Union address this year, President Obama lamented "the corrosive influence of money in politics." These days he seems more worried that there's not enough money in his own political campaign.

Over the last few weeks, the Obama reelection team has sent multiple fundraising emails warning that the president will be outspent."I will be outspent," warns the subject line of two separate emails address from the president. Another email from an Obama campaign staffer touches on the real fear: "If we're drastically outspent, there's a very good chance we will lose to Mitt Romney."

That's not a problem they have to worry too much about right now. Washington Examiner columnist Tim Carney ran the rest of the numbers and found that so far, the Obama has outraised and outspent Romney on every front: The Obama campaign has raised and spent more than Romney's; the Democratic National Committee has raised and spent more than its Repeublican counterpart; even the terrible no-good "outside groups" — the Super PACs, the 527s, and others — have spent more in support of Obama than Romney, according to Carney's own count. He reports:

Obama's campaign has raised $326 million to Romney's $227 million, according to filings with the Federal Election Commission and the campaign's own reports of its June fundraising. That's a 44 percent lead for Obama.

...Obama actually leads Romney in spending by more than 40 percent, according to the latest data -- about $148 million to $104 million (this does not include June spending, which has not yet been reported). And Obama's margin is understated because much of Romney's spending was fighting off GOP primary rivals. Money spent attacking Newt Gingrich doesn't help Romney beat Obama.

Campaigns are only part of the story. When Obama or Romney do their $40,000-a-plate fundraisers, most of that money goes to the DNC and the RNC, respectively. The DNC has outraised the RNC $210 million to $187 million and outspent it by more than 50 percent -- $175 million to $113 million, according to FEC data.

...Outside groups have reported $23.5 million attacking Romney, compared with only $11.3 million attacking Obama, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, or CRP. While that $23.5 million against Romney includes some of Gingrich's and Santorum's attacks, more than $18 million of it is liberal money by my reckoning.

With a $105 million haul, Romney beat Obama's $71 million June tally. But overall, the totals look like this (graphic via The Examiner):

Maybe Obama is just worried that Romney will break Obama's own campaign spending record from 2008, when he "obliterated" the fundraising and spending of his presidential rival, John McCain. 

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  • Shirley Knott||

    Obama has out raised and out spent Obama?
    That's a good trick.

  • $park¥||

    It's something only he could do.

  • $park¥||

    It's why he's referred to as the Obama.

  • iFlick||

    How must The Romney feel about this?

  • iFlick||

    The Romney is the Obama's "Repeublican counterpart", FYI.

    Fuck, Reason Copy Editor, get some more coffee in you.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Thobama.

  • iFlick||

    On every front, yet.

  • Loki||

    Instead of "Hope has Come" at the bottom of the plate, can I get one with "The Traveler has Come", and the Stay Puff'd marshmellow man's face photoshopped over The Obama's face?

  • Scruffy Nerfherder||

    I'd rather have this one

  • Pro Libertate||

    Choose the form of the Destructor!

  • Scruffy Nerfherder||

    What did you DO Ray?

  • mad libertarian guy||

    "When someone asks you if you're a god, you say YES!"

  • ||

    A giant slor?

  • Pro Libertate||

    Our national symbol of rectification.

  • ||

    Why did the KKK choose a jackass as their symbol?

    Then after why the hell did the democrats think it was a good idea to take the KKK's animal spirit and use it as their own?

    One of the weirdest pieces of Americana historia ever.

  • Mike M.||

    I enjoy the fact that the "collectable plate" looks a little bit like a toilet seat with Obama's picture at the bottom.

  • Auric Demonocles||

    Isn't collectable useless as an adjective? I can collect rocks too.

  • Spartacus||

    I've been told those plates are going to be worth a fortune someday. Are you saying I bought 50 of them for nothing? I've been planning my retirement around this.

  • Spartacus||

    Btw, they are NOT dishwasher-safe.

  • DJK||

    Huh. I was going to be a pedantic douchebag and say that it's "collectible". But apparently either spelling is acceptable and "collectable" is the Oxford dictionary spelling. Damn!

  • Fatty Bolger||

    Obama will outspend Romney, but it will still be all about Citizens United and the corrupting influence of corporate money after he loses.

  • Loki||

    This, unfortunately. I get the distinct impression they're just getting their excuses ready in case he loses to Romneybot.

  • ||

    I want to observe the pathetic, creepy fucks who bought these plates. I wonder how many hundreds of pounds they weigh.

  • ||

    I got a shitload at a huge discount.

    PULL!

  • ||

    That would be fun. But I didn't take you for a fatty, sage.

  • ||

    I weight 190, chap. And unlike joe, I'm in the six foot club.

  • ||

    You need to get in better shape, sage.

  • ||

    I'm in perfect shape to hit a flying plate with a 12 gauge, tyvm.

  • ||

  • ||

    190 at 6 foot is fat to you? Just how bony do you like your twinks, anyway?

  • ||

    Look, I don't like bears like you. Too hairy. And the belly fat is just horrible.

  • ||

    I have no belly fat, and I keep myself immaculately trimmed, thank you very much.

  • ||

    Revealed: Epi is Sarcasmic!

  • tarran||

    There's a Turkish woman who married an American man living two houses down. They have all kinds of Obama collectibles. The American man mows his lawn wearing a ratty T-Shirt that has a Hammer and Sickle and says "Imagine Socialism".

    Naturally their daughter and my kids love playing together.

  • Scruffy Nerfherder||

    His Turkish wife probably kicks his ass on a regular basis. Damn beta males always wanting someone else to make their decisions for them.

  • tarran||

    No, she agrees with it....

    Remember, she grew up in a fascist country. I remember primary school in Ankara - they brainwashed us pretty heavily to believe that society depended on a strong state enforcing order and managing development.

  • Scruffy Nerfherder||

    That's what I meant. I just figured he was the type to go looking for a dominating woman (most of the Turkish women I have known are).

  • Tulpa the White||

    That explains your revulsion to all things law and order related.

    Maybe you should bring the pendulum back to its equilibrium.

  • ||

    Maybe you should lap the crack of my ass.

  • ||

    Give Tulpy-poo a break; he just watched 18 straight hours of Law and Order and he's not thinking straight. Well, not thinking straight...for him.

    Also, the methamphetamine doesn't help.

  • ||

    If only he'd do some meth. It might loosen him up a little.

  • ||

    Well he is special. And a victim.

  • Sudden||

    You mean your sons are running the train on his poor daughter? Because I approve of that.

  • ||

    You mean the commemorative plate or the fundraising dinner seat?

    Cuz I was thinking of buying a cheap commemorative plate for my buddy who voted for Obama.

  • Gilbert Martin||

    "In his State of the Union address this year, President Obama lamented "the corrosive influence of money in politics."

    That's pretty funny coming from a guy who has held more fundraisers than the last 5 presidents combined.

  • Tulpa the White||

    He has to to keep up with the Koch Brothers and Mormon 1%ers.

  • Brendan||

    That about covers my experience(s) here in Las Vegas.

    I don't remember Laura Bush or Dick Cheney visiting here on the presidential jet(s) for anything, much less to campaign.

    If they did, they didn't choke off the city in the middle of the day the way the Obamas and Joe Biden have at least 5 or 6 times in the last few months.

    Whenever one of the royal family visits, the entire planned route, is basically shut down IN BOTH DIRECTIONS ahead of time. This means some of that most heavily traveled sections of I-15 and/or I-215 have been shut down for hours in the middle of the day.

    I rarely commute in the middle of the day on a weekday, but A LOT of other people do and I'm sure they appreciate the extra time it takes to get to work or appointments.

    Las Vegas has a seemingly vibrant helicopter tour business with helicopters flying around the strip on a regular basis. That, and general aviation flights all get shut down for the duration of the visit. I'm sure all the tour operators, flight schools, business travelers, etc. all appreciate being grounded for hours on end.

  • thom||

    "I'm sure all the tour operators, flight schools, business travelers, etc. all appreciate being grounded for hours on end."

    They probably do! For some reason, whenever people tell me about being terribly inconvenienced in order to make way for the King, they always talk about it in an extremely positive and enthusiastic way. As if the novelty of it all overcomes the very negative aspects.

  • mad libertarian guy||

    Over the last few weeks, the Obama reelection team has sent multiple fundraising emails warning that the president will be outspent."I will be outspent," warns the subject line of two separate emails address from the president. Another email from an Obama campaign staffer touches on the real fear: "If we're drastically outspent, there's a very good chance we will lose to Mitt Romney."

    At least Obama knows his audience.

    He knows that they are True Believers™ in the idea that money is the ONLY factor in winning an election, and he knows that his supporters will send cash in droves to keep Romney from spending even one more penny than Obama.

    Fucking idiots.

  • ||

    A fool and his money.

  • ||

    Have you checked out the new Baroness record? It's only sort of metal, but I find myself enjoying it a lot.

  • Anonymous Coward||

    To progressives, money is all that matters, not message.

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