Obama campaign says president's AF-1 fund-raising call 'routine'
July 2nd, 2012
02:32 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama campaign says president's AF-1 fund-raising call 'routine'

(CNN) – President Barack Obama's plea for donations from Air Force One was "a routine fund-raising call," according to a senior campaign official.

The call, which the official confirmed took place Friday, was recorded and posted in part on the Daily Beast.

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"The majority on this call maxed out to my campaign last time. I really need you to do the same this time," the president said on the call, which took place aboard the presidential aircraft as it was flying back from Colorado after Obama surveyed fire damage in the area and made remarks.

"I'm asking you to meet or exceed what you did in 2008," Obama said.

His call revealed a certain degree of resignation, saying the slow pace of change was hurting his ability to raise campaign cash.

"In 2008 everything was new and exciting about our campaign," Obama said. "And now I'm the incumbent president. I've got gray hair. People have seen disappointment because folks had a vision of change happening immediately. And it turns out change is hard, especially when you've got an obstructionist Republican Congress."

On the call, Obama affirmed an anxiety on the part of his campaign that their GOP rivals, including former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and his aligned super PAC, would out-raise them ahead of November's general election.

"If things continue as they have so far, I'll be the first sitting president in modern history to be outspent in his reelection campaign," Obama said on the call.

In May, Romney's organization outraised the president's by a $15 million margin, the first time in monthly fund-raising reports the Republican candidate has brought in more money than the president. In 2008, Obama broke all campaign fund-raising records, bringing in more than $700 million.

The official said Monday that Obama used a separate phone on Air Force One dedicated to political phone calls that is not paid for by taxpayers.

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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    "The official said Monday that Obama used a separate phone on Air Force One dedicated to political phone calls that is not paid for by taxpayers."

    Proof that the righties don't read the articles before vomitting their knee-jerk talking points in 3....2....1.....

    July 2, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  2. znHcats

    To the President: let the billionaires continuing burning their money to the loser Romney, we ordinary people will be standing behind you, rich can't buy the votes!

    July 2, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  3. Joi Gibson

    Dear Mr. President:

    Romney might like to think his gazillionaires money can buy him this election, but they are wrong. I believe more people will be voting for you than some polls might suggest. I realize campaigns require cash, but don't despair Mr. President – we got your back. Personally, I give as much as I can monthly. The working class knows which side you are on and Willard's money will not sway us.

    OBAMA/BIDEN/FIRST LADY MICHELLE 2012!!!!

    July 2, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Goody, some red meat. Jump on this right wing. Pres. Obama is fund raising at tax payer expense, and on federal property. Jump all over it.

    July 2, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  5. Wake up people

    Don't worry Mr. President, we have your back! And thank you for being a real American and for the people, all of the people....

    OBAMA 2012!

    July 2, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  6. Larry in Houston

    It's a good thing that the election in November is going to be about 4 or 5 battleground states. IF it went by popular Vote, obama wouldn't have a chance. My guess is that after november, the republicans will be hollering about changing from electoral college Voting, to most popular voting. Obama needs to hit those 5 states Hard, with the 18 – 34 year olds, otherwise he may be sunk. Too bad there isn't somebody else running against obama, I'm not his biggest fan, but at least we know what he's going to do, versus what Romney is going to do.
    Vote – Democrat – 2012 ( for the middle class working people)

    July 2, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  7. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    FORWARD MR. PRESIDENT, FORWARD, there ain't no stopping us now because we've got your back. FORWARD.

    July 2, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  8. Myviewis

    “His call revealed a certain degree of resignation, saying the slow pace of change was hurting his ability to raise campaign cash.”

    “People have seen disappointment because folks had a vision of change happening immediately. And it turns out change is hard, especially when you've got an obstructionist Republican Congress."
    -----------------------------------
    This is a result of Obama’s lack of academics, studies in economics, finances, accounting, administration, mathematics, statistics, financial management, strategic management, international trade and finance, political and economic development, microeconomics, macroeconomics, Leadership or Corporate Accountability, etc...

    Obama did not even have experience running any kind of state, city or government office. Hillary Clinton said Obama would be a president getting on-the-job training and that it would be the costliest job training in history. She was right.

    July 2, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  9. Padraig

    What I find very interesting is that all of the rich people are presumed to be ardent zealot right wing people. I do think there are equally the same amount of equivialant rich people who are ardent zealot left wing people. Each are going to dinner where a dinner is 15 to 40k a plate.

    We need manufacturing jobs, reduce the debt, become self sufficient in energy resources, less dependent upon other countries, and be able to provide help and support to others when needed.

    July 2, 2012 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Myviewis wrote:

    This is a result of Obama’s lack of academics, studies in economics, finances, accounting, administration, mathematics, statistics, financial management, strategic management, international trade and finance, political and economic development, microeconomics, macroeconomics, Leadership or Corporate Accountability, etc...
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    That is a result of ultra-right wing indoctrination and assimilation.

    July 2, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  11. Bill from GA

    Each President uses AF-1 more than the last.

    What is NOT routine is to have to compete with gazillions of dollars of corporate funding.

    Thankx, Justice Roberts!

    July 2, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |