With $605 million already, Obama asks only $10 more

A somewhat humorous look at the Obama campaign’s continued effort to bring in donations, even while they are so far on top of McCain’s $84 million in public financing, it won’t matter in these coming months.

Report from LA Times:

Having hauled in a record $208,333 every hour of every day last month — $150 million in all — plus a few more unreported millions so far this month, Barack Obama is worried that he might come up short in the political money war with the John McCainSarah Palin ticket.

Just to relieve himself of that $150 million before the polls open, Obama will have to spend $12.5 million a day.

An Official Obama-Biden car magnet

But he needs some more.

And, according to an e-mail plea to supporters, tonight’s the absolute deadline to donate $10 more and receive your special edition Official Obama-Biden car magnet.

Having now collected more than $605 million altogether, the freshman senator shows no concern over the appearance of buying the presidency. Imagine for a moment the national political conversation that could be going on now if rich Republicans had raked in that much loot for one campaign.

Obama’s team is so well-funded and well-organized it has spread its political web into one-time red states, forcing McCain to defend them with his measly $84.1 million in federal funds.

Obama aides privately profess profound concern that additional financial resources from the Republican National Committee could make the GOP ticket competitive in the closing days. And the Cincinatti Bengals are a real Super Bowl threat this year.

"The race is deadlocked in a number of crucial battleground states," the urgent e-mail proclaims, "including Ohio, Missouri and Indiana. And we’re neck-and-neck in Florida, North Carolina and Nevada.

"We have to make our final, tough decisions about where to fight and how strong we can make our team. And those choices will depend on the financial resources we have."

And, hey, if there’s a few hundred million dollars left over in the campaign coffers on Nov. 5, win or lose, maybe Obama would like to put it toward the immense federal budget deficits that our colleague Stephen Braun warns this morning will confront the hopes and current plans of either an Obama or McCain White House come Jan. 21.

Not to question it, but where could they possibly spend all of this money in the remaining time, which is now less than 2 weeks.

  • Pats

    There are a lot of places to spend whatever remains in the Obama/Biden campaign. Definitely they will not buy clothes for Biden or Michelle but they will help the hard hit American people who are struggling at this moment.

  • Pats,

    There are limitations on where campaign money can be spent. I’m not an election law attorney so I can’t say specifically, but more likely it will be rolled into other campaigns, perhaps.

  • Perhaps with all that money the Obama campaign will buy Sarah Palins outfits, which would reduce the coffers considerably and donate them to Ripley’s Believe It Or Not

  • Obama continues to ask for more donations? of course he does his whole campaign has been about imagery and style. Oh yeah, and how else do you think he’s going to keep Michelle’s butt in Gucci and gold! I should also add, to keep her appetite for caviar, lobster and champagne fed. Yes contributors, you paid for it.

  • DJS

    Obama may not buy new clothes for everyone but he may go out and spend another $140,000 for Greek columns for his party on Nov 4. Not sure what makes more sense. $150,000 for clothes which are going to be donated to charity after the election or $140,000 for Greek columns. Do you think he donated them to charity?
    Palin admits that she shops in a second hand store in Alaska. She is the only one who is not a millionaire. If anyone understands middleclass with a family she does. And she go out and buy the clothes someone in the campaign did.

  • DJS

    Do you think Obama will be able to cut his spending if he gets in the white house? Or will he keep coming back to the well asking for more (taxes)?

  • DJS

    Pats…I don’t think Obama is allowed to give the excess money to help Americans who are struggling. Maybe he will donate it to ACORN. They seem to be on the verge of possibly losing our hard earned tax money.

  • Babs

    I hear the celebration party on election night is already up to over $5 mil. Obama has proven he can spend millions and millions in such a short time. And it won’t stop if and after he’s elected. Only then, it won’t be voluntary donations. It will be hard working americans tax dollars – not overseas cash funneled in………like NZ puddings. You never did tell us how you managed to donate to Obama from New Zealand, pud, a slip of the tongue there?

  • DJS

    Isn’t it illegal for people outside of the US to donate to campaign funds? But from what I understand Obama has gotten a lot of money from unknown sources and he refuses to give up the information. If he wasn’t guilty why doesn’t he just do it? McCain posted all his and he had to pay some back. I know Obama paid back some but there is way more there that needs to go back. I am sure Hamas and a few other groups have given to his campaign.

  • Babs

    Did he refund your contribution, NZpudding?

  • Bob Sapp

    Well Done Obama, running a well organized campaign. In my opinion, the money will most likely go towards a better campaign cause than Sarah Palin’s Wardrobe. Oh and there is a big difference between saying and doing. All the McCain campaign can say is what what they are going to do, but I believe once they are in the white house, America Will get another four years of George W. It is because of the right wingers like McCain and Bush that Americans are hated in many places around the world. And NO, im not talking about just the middle east.

    America, Obama/Biden 08


  • Deb

    Why did Obama go back on his word to use just public funds? I guess his word isn’t as good as people think it is.

  • I don’t want my contribution refunded Babs, it’s money very well spent when it keeps cranky pants McCain and halfwit Palin out of the White House.

    I like to back a winner, not some washed up old flip flopping has been, who’s only real decision in past months is to tap a woman to be his running mate who is probably the worse person he could’ve tapped.

  • Deb

    nzpudding..instead of just taking Obama for his word and bashing Palin why don’t you read the facts.
    Why does Palin have an 80% acceptance rating in Alaska and Congress rating is lower than Bush. Funny thing is the democrats are the majority in congress.

    And we have the democrats including Obama to thank for the mortgage mess we have now. The republicans including Bush have been questioning Fannie and Freddie since 2001. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MGT_cSi7Rs

    I don’t like Bush but he and the republicans tried to stop the mortgage mess. The democrats will be the majority in congress and with a democrat in the white house we can be sure there will be no accountablity for what the democrats have put this country through.
    I guess if you don’t live here you don’t care but I do. Someone should be held accountable for what so many americans are going through with their mortgages and losing their homes.
    I don’t want to live in a socialist country with a president who looked up to a man as a father who was a communist. Before Obama joined the democrats he was part of the Chicago New Party. Which was a socialist party.
    All of this plus all his associations makes me question his judgement and whether he could make good judgements for the best of the American citizens.
    Biden was asked some pretty tough questions and now the Obama campaign has said that this news channel can’t ask anyone of the campaign any questions. How are they going to deal with the tough questions when they are in the white house.
    And the Obama campaign interupted a man playing basketball with his son. Now the Obama campaign is trying to dig up ever bit of dirt on him then can. Why because he asked an honest question about Obama’s spread the wealth deal. So it proves you can’t ask Obama or anyone in his campaign any tough questions or you will be dragged through the mud and destroyed.
    Please spend some time reading before you continue to bash Palin. She has done more for the state of Alaska then most governors have done. And even though the some of the top people on the Saturday Night Live are not planning on voting for McCain and Palin they changed their whole additude about Palin after sitting down and talking with her.
    People need to be better informed before just bashing people. What I have said about Obama is completely true and I can prove it.

    If you contributed to Obama’s campaign fund and you are not an American citizens than Obama and his campaign have done something illegal by accepting those funds. But Obama won’t release his contributors names because he knows he is doing something illegal. This plus all the voter registration fraud by an organization that his campaign gave $800,000 to makes me wonder just how honest he really is.

  • Deb

    Do all the females here believe in equal pay for women? Well Obama doesn’t.

  • Paul

    Obama is a liar and opportunist. He promised to take public funds, and then changed when it became profitable for him to do so. He’s a liar. I think he would say or do anything to further his advantage. I think he has very bad character. Plus, he isn’t even a democrat! He’s a member of the New Party. (look it up! but New Party people sometimes run as democrats)

  • Babs

    nzpudding, thanks for the post. I’ll send it over to the FEC. You’re in a foreign country, and your contribution was illegal. The fact that Obama didn’t refund it means he’s accepting illegal contributions from foreign countries.

    Thanks again. 😉

  • Deb

    thanks Babs, I was thinking about doing the same thing. We know he has received illegal funding but the government is just giving him a free ride. If that was McCain he would be out of the race.
    I also heard on the news this morning that the $150,000 wardrobe that the RNC bought $50,000 went right back to the stores and another $50,000 is sitting there with all the labels still on them. Of course leave it to the democrats to be concerned about money spent on Palins clothes and not on the real issues and associates of Obamas.

    Here’s some interesting reading.

  • Babs

    Did you catch Elizabeth H. on the stump with Sarah yesterday? She brought up the wardrobe ignorance, and said she was more impressed with her accessories – like the flag pin she wears. *LOL*

  • DJS

    Elizabeth was really good. I can’t believe she has lasted as long as she has on the view. She is so much better than the rest of them.

    I was reading again about the illegal contributions to Obama’s campaign and how people have been able to contribute illegally and I thought that nzpudding could shine some light on that subject.
    So what do you say nzpudding how did you do it?