RNC raising cash off Obama re-election news
April 4th, 2011
12:08 PM ET
3 years ago

RNC raising cash off Obama re-election news

Washington (CNN) - The Republican Party's using President Barack Obama's re-election announcement to raise money.

Just a few hours after the president declared his re-election intentions in an email to supporters, the Republican National Committee responded with a new website, titled "Hope Isn't Hiring" and released a web advertisement.

The new website asks Republican supporters to help the RNC raise $270,000 in the next 72 hours. The RNC says they came up with that figure because it's "$1,000 for every electoral vote required to elect the next Republican president."

"It's official. President Obama's re-election campaign is off and running, meaning once again the president is putting politics ahead of the work of the people," says RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, in the email. "As the debt and reckless spending championed by this administration threatens to snuff out the recovery and future job growth, the President's conscious decision to take a back seat on leadership is downright irresponsible. Simply put, America can't afford four more years of Barack Obama."

Obama raised nearly $750 million dollars in his 2008 campaign for the presidency, and is aiming to potentially bring in $1 billion for his re-election bid.

The RNC raised $5.2 million in February, and as of March 1 had a little over $2 million in the bank, but was saddled with a debt of more than $21 million.

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Filed under: 2012 • RNC
soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    The RNC is in debt. These guys are supposed to be the irrefutable experts in budget matters.

    The DNC is not in debt. These guys are supposed to be the complete idiots when it comes to spending.

    April 4, 2011 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    Newsflash: The DNC is raising cash off it too. Duh.

    April 4, 2011 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  3. Phaedrus

    And the Republicans have been pro-job growth since they've taken the House? I don't recall one single bill that would promote job growth – if anything, they would hurt job growth with their "so be it" attitude. I do, however, recall a 2010 campaign pledge to focus on jobs.

    April 4, 2011 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  4. once upon a horse

    Hope isn't hiring? I thought once the GOP took control of the House the jobs were supposed to come in. If I were the GOP I wouldn't focus too much on employment since they have done little to NOTHING to help create jobs in this country. Meanwhile those of us who don't worship the right wing talk shows or FoxNews know that the employment rate is improving and the Republicans really have no answer for it.

    April 4, 2011 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  5. NoNeedtoRun

    I'm a Republican for over 30 years, and this is the first time I have to say – it's time to step aside RNCs. You don't need to raise money, waste time campaigning, trying to defeat Obama. He has already won the 2012 election – you just haven't got a chance. I won't vote for him, but I can see anyone on the RIGHT winning. You can't even win in Wisconsin. Obama's liberal judges stopped your Governor, his Health Care plan is moving forward, he continues to spend his way into the future, and every single tax payer who has a voters registration card and is legally able to vote – should stay home and boycott the elections in 2012 (including DEM's). Let's him has 4 more years... He got it already, and the law says he can have anymore after that. OH – he plans to change that law too, just watch... Donald, can't win, Rubio won't run, Bachmann can't speak and walk at the same time, Palin is the target of the left, and the only one who has his head on straight is Huckabee. And, I would suggest he wait until 2016 (much much much better chance to have him in the White House). A for the rest, Newt and Pawlenty are the next to drop out – since they just can't get together and win on one ticket. Too much wind in their sails – best to save RNC money and pay down the national debt, since Obama doesn't plan to.

    April 4, 2011 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  6. Pretzel Logic

    This would be laughable if it weren't so sad. Where are the jobs GOP? Where's he laser beam focus on the economy you promised? Politics before the work of the people? That should be your new slogan.

    April 4, 2011 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  7. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Republican National Committee responded with a new website, titled "Hope Isn't Hiring"

    Silly me. I thought the GOPers ran their campaigns in 2010 on jobs, jobs, jobs . . . and, yet, here they are STILL using jobs as their newest 2012 Presidential mantra, without ever lifting one finger themselves to help alleviate the problem, but certainly happy enough to continue kicking the can down the street in their efforts to blame "That One".

    April 4, 2011 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  8. ABM

    Here is my donation to the RNC – $0.00.
    Hoping for and EPIC FAIL for the GOP and hope they refocus on helping the people of the United States instead of spending their time fighting with our President.

    April 4, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  9. carrotroot

    Contribute money to the RNC? WHY??? At this point we are not even sure which Republican is going to be running for President. All we have are a bunch of people make a lot of wind, but nothing more than that.

    April 4, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  10. Dan

    Are you a bufoon, the DNC is also in debt and has less cash on hand, Please get informed before you spout crap.

    April 4, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  11. DontTreadonMe

    Again, like it did during the healthcare debate, the GOP does not propose one single constructive solution for making this country better. Instead, it launches an anti-Obama website noting all the problems with President Obama's policies while failing to mention how it would approach these particular issues.

    April 4, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  12. Disgruntled Government Worker

    If you listen and believe anything the Republicans say about caring for the American public you must be on something. These fine folks are out to screw you and your out of everything you have or will have. Vote for Obama.

    April 4, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  13. T

    GOP wants your monies.........to create more jobs over sea, stop the unions, education and the middle class. More Power to Big Business.....want a joke they don't need the little people monies, they have Big Business and donors to support their evil ways............................

    April 4, 2011 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  14. diridi

    do not give a dime of yours.....GOP messed this nation.....remember....

    April 4, 2011 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  15. California Conservative

    The buffoon known as Obama will lose no matter who his opposing candidate is.

    April 4, 2011 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  16. AEJ

    My question to the RNC – WHERE WERE YOU WHEN YOUR PRESIDENT GEORGE BUSH ADDED $5 TRILLION TO THE DEFICIT? UNDER GEORGE BUSH $5 TRILLION FOR TWO FALSE/LIE WARS. No other president in the US history added tis amount of money to the deficit!!!!!

    April 4, 2011 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  17. Name Creole

    what are they going to do with the money. Go play gulf with there rich friends....Where are the Job's Republic Party of Now......Oh that's Right Obama is bringing them to us.....Obama 2012 Baby!!!!

    April 4, 2011 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    I can see the insider ads now- "that uppity black man thinks he's going ot beat us twice! Send your money today"
    The trhee ring circus that is the Republican aprty has Bachman, Trump and Gingrich and Romney for a nice smile.
    Haley Barbour's wife will campaigne against him ( she doesn't want him to run) So who's really left that hasn't said no? Palin?

    April 4, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  19. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Don't worry republicans. The Kochs, big corporations, billionaires and foreign corporations, will donate for you, so you don't have to.

    April 4, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  20. AEJ

    The President has laid out some of his achievements: Thanks CNN.
    The Obama administration:
    Taken the economy back from the brink of a depression and gotten the economy growing again, now creating more than 1.8 million private sector jobs.
    o Passed historic reform to expand health care and lower its costs, preventing insurance companies from discriminating against people with preexisting conditions.
    o Held financial companies accountable and put reforms in place to prevent another taxpayer bailout.
    o Cut taxes for the middle class and small businesses-the drivers of job creation.
    o Torn down the walls of discrimination to allow gay Americans to serve their country openly.
    o Ended combat in Iraq, bringing home 100,000 American troops.

    April 4, 2011 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  21. David in Seattle

    The Republicans have been anti-job growth for the past two years. They, by their own admission, wanted Obama to fail. Translation: no jobs.

    April 4, 2011 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  22. California Conservative

    For those that claim TWO false wars Your alternative would of been do nothing about 9/11. Great alternative.

    April 4, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  23. Kevin,FL

    The Republican Party needs to understand it didn't work in 2008 and its NOT going to work in 2012..

    PS- Please don't waste your money people on those idiots..

    April 4, 2011 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  24. California Conservative

    The Soros run democrats will not return for a second term.

    April 4, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  25. Rudy NYC

    The only solution the GOP has to offer would not go over very well in today's political atmosphere. It is the one tool that they know how to use, and the one tool they use to solve any problem. Their only solution is "trickle down econmics". That will not go over well right about now. If you know how to use a hammer, you use that hammer to fix everything. Right.

    So. They shift the blame to deficit spending AFTER they have cut off revenue streams. Hey I am all for lower spending and getting rid of waste. Anyone with an ounce of sense in their head would believe that, which would be the majority of voters. But, I can look at the RNC house, I can look at the US deficit and see where the GOP will take us.

    Didn't anyone notice EXACTLY when TARP was passed? It was voted down on or about Sept 28, 2008, mostly and loudly by the GOP. It was passed on or about Oct 2, 2008, with strong and unusally enthusiastic GOP support. A miraculous and complete turn around that began on a Tuesday and ended a Friday. One week.

    Here's what really happened. It means that it was passed on the budget year of the incoming POTUS, not on Bush. That means they could scream deficits and blame on Democrats if a Democrat won the general election. That means they could scream deficits and blame the Democratic Congress that passed the bill if a Republican won. Slick, right?

    April 4, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
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