GOP spotlights president's 100th fundraiser
March 1st, 2012
08:09 AM ET
11 years ago

GOP spotlights president's 100th fundraiser

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama's re-election team may not be highlighting it, but Republicans sure want to get the message out that the president will hit a milestone Thursday, by attending his 100th fundraiser since last April, when he formally kicked off his bid for a second term in the White House.

The Republican National Committee on Thursday morning came out with a web video and a research paper that spotlight what they call Obama's record setting pace when it comes to fundraising by a president up for re-election. The push by the RNC comes hours before Obama is scheduled to be the main attraction at four fundraisers in New York City.

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The RNC touts statistics from CBS White House Correspondent Mark Knoller, well regarded as an unofficial White House historian, which compares the 100 fundraisers the president has attended to the 56 fundraisers his predecessor, President George W. Bush, appeared at by this time in his 2004 re-election campaign.

The video, set to fast-paced upbeat music, highlights what it calls "a record shattering pace" and says that "meant other areas fell short."

The video goes on to contrast the 100 fundraisers to what it says was just one speech by the president on government reform, zero meetings with the deficit reduction super committee and three speeches on housing. The RNC video claims that while the president was fundraising, "the national debt increased by $1.2 trillion" and gas increased to $3.73 per gallon.

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soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    If this is the best the RNC can come up with, they are in for a world of hurt. Bush may have campaigned less. But he didn't run in the era of Citizen's United. The RNC fails to mention that FACT!

    March 1, 2012 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  2. chill

    They can thank the Republican Supreme Court for the jacked up fund-raising from all quarters.

    March 1, 2012 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  3. johnborg

    I don't think the GOP has a point. This election has turned into pure entertainment – largely due to the baboons they have running. Obama has no choice but to keep fundraising if he wants to stay ahead. The GOP makes such strange attacks.

    March 1, 2012 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  4. don in albuquerque

    As I recall it was the republicans who pushed through "Citizens United." You remember.......Corportaions are people.
    WAZZAMATTA Boys? Don't like your own medicine. You HAVE to buy office now. And with people like Mittens running it will take a whole lot of long green

    March 1, 2012 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  5. diridi

    Obama, please count on me. I am going to send you some money for your re-election. Obama2012.
    PS: This nation desperately needs Pres. Obama for another term.

    March 1, 2012 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  6. Sandy

    So what? Romney can raise all sorts of money for his campaign, but President Obama can't? Why not?

    Go Obama! Get that money for your reelection!

    March 1, 2012 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  7. andy

    But of course it's somehow okay for Republicans to have fund raiser events and amass millions in campaign donations from dubious sources.

    March 1, 2012 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  8. coy4one

    Who cares? This is the most STUPID thing I have seen in the news!! Count the number of fundraisers for Romney, Gingrich, Santorum, and Paul, not to forget all those GOP's that dropped out of the race. Does the number of fundraisers really say anything? NO!! MOVE ON TO MORE IMPORTANT NEWS!!!

    March 1, 2012 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  9. Marry

    The GOP is a funny club! First they are real happy getting their “PAC’s” from the SCOTUS and then blaming the President when he raises money too. What did they expect? That the President does not react? By the way, you can be confident that he attends to business! He does not have all that bush to clear in Texas… Better to work on a complete overhaul of the election process limiting funds that can be spend (as a first but surely not only step) so elections might get back to represent the people’s choice – not “what money can buy”!

    March 1, 2012 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    You go Mr. President!
    Hope you hit the 1000th fundraiser mark by NEXT week!
    Multi-tasking your butt off!
    Haters, hate on!

    Hey McCain thanks for the presidential shout-out at the ROMNEY rally!!!!
    Obama 2012.

    March 1, 2012 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  11. Bill

    Fundraising is the one thing our President does well.

    March 1, 2012 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  12. Fair is Fair

    He's not fundraising – he's out "discussing current and pending legislation".

    Right, Rudy? Right?

    March 1, 2012 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  13. ST

    The success of Pres. Obama re-election will not be measured only by what he has accomplished but also the opposition he will encounter. He needs to raise as much money as he can, inorder to go against his opposition.

    March 1, 2012 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  14. Michael S.

    The GOP is just jealous.

    March 1, 2012 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  15. WiredweirdinSF

    The most inept, incompetent, corrupt, union toady president we have ever had has done nothing but fund raise and vacation over the past 3 years. He has done everything he possibly could to make sure our energy prices rise astronomically while giving money to the worthless alternative hair brained schemes of those drugged out whackos that have contributed to them. gave a trillion dollars of our hard earned money to the corrupt union bosses, calling it "stimulus" and started a class war that has caused irreparable harm to our economy and makes those of us who work hard and pay taxes (50%) the villains in the Saul Alinsky dream world he lives in.

    March 1, 2012 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  16. aaron

    So what, why is it that only the Republicans are the only ones that are allowed to campain for have fund raisers. This is not a one sided election.

    March 1, 2012 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  17. Charlie from the North

    Thanks for the free ad. I wish I had the money to give him a lot but I will give some. They shouldn't be complaining about fundraising since it as their Supreme Court's outrageous decision that t makes it so necessary to begin with. Hypocrites of the highest order. Oh and before you complain about his superpac ask yourself this: Suppose the NFL changed the rules to let 15 players on the field instead of 11, now even if your favorite team's coach thought that was the stupidest idea ever would you want him to field only 11, as away to protest? I'm sure your team's opponent would like that but until the rule changes for everyone a smart coach would use as many players as allowed.

    My President is raising the money because he needs it. Someday soon the GOP lying attack machine will be focused on him instead of on itself and he will need to respond.

    March 1, 2012 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  18. Seattle Sue

    How many debates have Republicans had?

    March 1, 2012 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  19. FedUp

    Did he have the Presidential seal on the podium so the taxpayers could pay his expenses?

    March 1, 2012 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  20. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    So, what is wrong with that when there is so much money out there supporting the GOP? He is going to need to get on the air.

    March 1, 2012 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  21. Inside the Beltway

    It is shameful and a dereliction to one's duty to have Mr Obama playing golf 71 times this year; going to fundraisers 100 times this year; and going to church 3 times in his entire Presidency. We do not have a President in this country, and have not had one in 3+ years. It is a national disgrace. What bothers me even more is that Mr Obama just lies to our faces. He touts his comprehensive energy reform, and yet he has done more to set us back 10 years in trying to find energy independence. It is very very disheartening. Immigration reform is nowhere despite Obama's promises to Latinos. Obama's promised transparency in government has morphed into a dark impenetrable shroud of darkess, deceit. and lies. Obama's economic record: deficit up; debt up; # of annual budgets passed as required by the Constitution – NONE; jobs down; housing market down; oil exploration – down; credit rating down; US dollar down; death toll in the Mideast – up. Partisan politics under Obama's watch - way way up; blame placed on others for Obama's failings – Way way up. Even the moderates in the Senate (Lieberman and Snow and others) are leaving and electing not to run given the horrendous actions and attitude of Reid, Pelosi, and Obama. Obama has been nothing short of an embarassment and a national disaster. I would take ANY GOP alternative - ANY as opposed to let Obama wreak havocon us for another four years. The job Obama should run for is Captain of an Italian cruise ship -

    March 1, 2012 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  22. RudyG

    Fundraiser-in-Chief! Most focused fundraiser I've ever seen among presidents. At a time like this with millions out of work we need that same energy trying to figure out ways to help this economy create jobs, without incurring more debt!
    There's something wrong with the picture.

    March 1, 2012 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  23. maf

    So what?? Drastic times call for drastic measures!
    100 – 56 is because GWB was away at his ranch for most of the time!!
    If this is the best the RNC can do, they are dead in the water!
    Debt increased because Congress approved earlier spending. Gas prices are an international commodity which the President can NOT control.

    March 1, 2012 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  24. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    ONE HUNDRED fund raisers! And no doubt every one of them paid for by the tax payers. I wonder how many of them were $35,000 a seat dinners? The Campaigner-in-Chief has been actively campaigning ever since he was elected. His partisan divisive tone is always present and never any true feeling he represents ALL Americans, especially those evil greedy 1%ers that he has gotten so much money from. Another 4 years of this Disaster-in-Chief? NO WAY! November can't come fast enough.

    March 1, 2012 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  25. Rudy NYC

    The video, set to fast-paced upbeat music, highlights what it calls "a record shattering pace" and says that "meant other areas fell short."
    All I know is this, he was a dinner making a speech roasting Donald Trump the same night they got Bin Laden.

    March 1, 2012 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
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