RNC raising cash off Obama re-election news
April 4th, 2011
12:08 PM ET
7 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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soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. Indy

    "Hope Isn't Hiring" Do you get this Republicans ? You ran on job creation and have offered absolutley nothing, but huge tax breaks for the rich in "Hopes" they would creat jobs and as it turns out "Hope Isn't Hiring" so you are all fired in 2012. Lying about the President has not created jobs,trying to take the country back to the good old Bush days hasn't created one job,doing nothing but put others down without your own solutions has not created one job. Obama should take this Republican slogan and trounce on the Republicans for offering nothing but hope without substance.

    April 4, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  2. Paul1st

    The RNC is not worried. With no limits on corporate funding and anonymous donors, their coffers will fill when there is a clearer picture of who the nominee will be.

    April 4, 2011 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  3. Tom

    "Hope isn't hiring" and neither does it seem the Republicans are able to get their corporate masters to hire. 50% of the March 216K increase were seasonal jobs as the summer season starts up.

    April 4, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  4. ConservaFascists/FUBAR

    The corporate fascists floodgates are now open. Thanks alot Citizens United.

    April 4, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  5. Coloradan

    "Hope isn't hiring?" We just added 200,000 jobs last month. This marks about 12 consecutive months of job growth. The last time you guys were in charge, Bush closed out with 700,000 jobs lost in a single month. This followed several months of 500,000 job losses per month. Back then there was no hope AND no hiring.

    April 4, 2011 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  6. Get A Grip

    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!!!!
    Haven't you been paying attention lately? That's Oblamer that's been playing golf with his rich friends and taking vacation after vacation after vacation. And of course he still finds time for all that campaigning. Hey, no need for him to act like a President, it isn't as if he would know how anyway.

    "Where are the Job's Republic Party "..........pssst, start paying attention, the President isn't a Republican so
    you can't lay high unemployment in the laps of the Republicans. Sheesh,
    just like a Democrat/liberal to always blame someone else.

    April 4, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  7. once upon a horse

    why don't you guys just go ask the Koch Brothers, Big Oil, the insurance industry, and all your other buddies in the top 2% that are CEO's making record profits but STILL not hiring anybody to write you out a check and be done with it. For the GOP to ask or say anything about not having jobs is laughable at best.

    April 4, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  8. BeStill

    Revelations in 2012

    President Obama will be re-elected, keep an eye on the Middle East crisis, and the announcement of the wakening up of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

    April 4, 2011 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  9. GOP = Greed Over People

    President Obama, you were supposed to stop the 'Onward "christian" Soldiers' marching off to war and prevent that war from being waged against the poverty stricken, working poor that make too little to pay taxes but work just as hard nonetheless as those of us that do pay taxes, the old, the infirmed and children and infants too young to fight for themselves, and I mean the ones already here.

    Instead you have joined the "christian" soldiers marching in lockstep, by cutting heating subsidies to the old and helpless.

    You have failed them and for that I am having a hard time forgetting or forgiving.

    Maybe you can take comfort in the fact fewer people will freeze to death than will die when the GOP cuts Medicaid and WIC, but I do not.

    However, because your actions will kill fewer of those less fortunate among us, than the heartless GOP cuts, for that reason, and that reason alone, you will get my vote.

    April 4, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  10. BlackPanthers2020

    Thats right people call republicans out for what they are " LIARS " , like they didn't run on a that jobs platform during the last election , so we as American citizens are asking you again " WHERE ARE THOSE JOBS " that republicans so heavy ran on . Hey republicans when everyone realizes that your pushing job killing politic's and taking away senior citizens way of paying for their medical , food and way of living your party is going to be in some dire straights.......

    April 4, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  11. Shawn in MD

    Er.. who killed the hope? You had your chance in 2010. Where are the jobs? How many bills did you pass for jobs? you want money now? Let the President do his job for 4 more years. Keep the hope alive

    April 4, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    May I quote the Jewish community, and specifically survivors of the Holocaust when I say to all RethugliKKKlans in regards to the Near-Depression of the Bush Era; the defiant do-nothing attitude of the GOP for the past 2 1/2 years; the proliferation of lies; the divisive politics of bigotry and hate; the GOPs submission and total allegiance to their corporate masters at the expense of our country; and the upcoming presidential election in 2012:

    Obama-Biden 2012

    April 4, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  13. Four and The Door

    Prepare for The Shellacking of Far Left Liberal Policies: Part Two! Coming November 2012.

    April 4, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  14. mary

    Hey, Gop where are the JOBS!! You need to stop attacking and work on jobs.It takes more than spending cuts to create jobs!!! I have a feeling when the old people get a chance to see your budget plan tomorrow for their favorite programs you will be losing a bunch of them come 2012.The GOP is trying to destroy the New Deal that provided a safety net for the old and the working poor.Its not about making the country better its about their same old worn out policies of tax cuts for the rich, busting unions and giving every thing to big business.

    April 4, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC

    The GOP isn't hiring either. They had 8 years under Bush, first 6 with control of Congress, and arguably no jobs were created. Now they have a majority in the House and are forecasting gloom, doom and destruction. Hmm.

    The GOP isn't hiring either. They're too busy laying off middle class workers at the state and federal levels. That kills job growth numbers, you know, in case you didn't notice. Hmm.

    The GOP isn't hiring either. Period.

    April 4, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  16. GSMITH

    Obama MUST be defeated. He is killing Americanism. No Anti-American should be President. Vote 100% Republican in 2012 and save America.

    April 4, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  17. Jake

    they will need all the money they can get, the GOP is screwed!

    April 4, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  18. kylefromohio

    WHERE are the JOBS! And @ NONEEDTORUN; Here is the Greatest Democracy know to man; We in this country can bearly get 50% of the population to vote and you are calling for a boycott to voting. How so unAmerican that is, If anything get out and use One Man – One Vote power. Unless you stand with the group that thinks it's ok for Corporate American to have the citizenship right (14th Amendment) but question poor and others their human right because they need to take a test of some sorted to pass to meet your satisfaction! Again Where are the JOBS for the American people that was promised by the 2010 Election.

    April 4, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  19. Julie C

    Yes, it should have been titled, "GOP Isn't Hiring" because their too busy lining the coffers of the corporations who are hanging on to their over-the-top profit margins. Thankfully the mid-size company I work for is hiring, no thanks to them.
    Republicans have become the most sleezy and hypocritical political desparadoes I've ever seen in my lifetime. Hopefully voters see through that this time around. The only reason the House was lost last time was Dems stayed home.

    April 4, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  20. BlackPanthers2020

    Why would anyone support a political party that wants i our POTUS to fail , that is totally beyond reasonable thinking and it's irresponsible !!! Instead of trying to make things better for all Americans they form a committee on how to make the president fail !!!!!

    April 4, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  21. Cherylynn

    And I have already made my contribution to Omaba for America 2012. Yes, the Democrats are raising money too....and not from huge corporations funneling their money through PACS, but through individual donations.

    April 4, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  22. foote

    Actually, they are ATTEMPTING to raise cash off of the announcement. CNN's headline is deceptive and lazy. Sort of like their failure to mention that the Republicans' released budget fully dismantles Medicare.

    April 4, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  23. StoopidIzAzStoopidDuz

    It really doesn't matter who is in power, any government will tax and spend. It's how government works. If you can be duped into believing that anyone who goes to Washington will fight for lower taxes, less spending....Get a clue.

    April 4, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  24. kyle

    When Obama was elected in 2008 all the GOP talked about was 2010, now all they are talking about is 2012, no talk of jobs, just tax cuts for the rich, that do not create jobs.

    April 4, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  25. rusty155

    All you Republican have done scene 2010 when you got control of the house Is LIE. First you Lie about you were going to find Jobs, you haven't even try. But President Obama have been putting American back to work. And all you done so far Is try to destroy Obama health care and haven't done that. Now In your budget cut all you Republican have done Is see how must you can HURT THE MIDDLE CLASS, THE POOR AND THE OLD. And next years budget you want too HURT THE POOR AND THE OLD MORE , and at the same time you want to extend the Bush tax cuts for the Rich AND BIG BUSINESS. I'm sorry but American People don't need you Republican kind of help. The Only people Republican care about are RICH and Big business. That why all are Jobs are over sea now. The Middle Class , The Poor and the OLD can just all die.

    April 4, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
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