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Romney outraises Obama again

2012-07-09 19:01

Washington - President Barack Obama's campaign and the Democratic party raised $71m in June, well below the $106m hauled in by rival Mitt Romney and the Republican party during the same period.

It was the second straight month that Romney has raised more money than Obama as the two campaigns prepare for the November election.

Obama's campaign says in an e-mail to supporters that June was their best fundraising month of the campaign. But they tell supporters, "We still got beat. Handily."

Ann Marie Habershaw, the campaign's chief operating officer, says in the e-mail that if they lose the election, "it will be because we didn't close the gap enough when we had the chance".

Obama officials have warned the fundraising deficit could harm the president's chances of winning re-election.

Comments
  • Cape - 2012-07-09 19:48

    The corrupt will always have more expendable cash than the just! YES WE CAN OBAMA!

      mofstok - 2012-07-09 20:02

      Well, that's a thick comment to make. Republican/Democrat=all the same. only difference is one wears a blue tie and the other a red one. Obama just cares about Obama, same goes for Mitt the idiot.

  • chadjason.wilson - 2012-07-09 19:59

    Ok.... so the elections in the USA, the country that touts itself as the custodian of democracy, are decided by money..... On top of that there is an Oligopoly in the american political landscape........ it forces the consideration that while democracy exists in philosphy, it is not a reality..... and as much as in principle communism theoretically has sound principled foundations, democracy has the same workablity as communism.... We need intelectuals and philosphers to consider and propose new systems of governance... For as it is, democracy breeds ignorance, as communism breeds idleness.... and both perpetuate greed.....

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-09 21:59

      The US wants to export this sham to other countries using bombs.

      sterling.ferguson.5 - 2012-07-09 23:12

      In order for Romney to beat Obama,he has to convict the middle class that he has a better program than Obama. However, when asked about his plans he is very vague about what he wants to do. The system is a good system because unlike SA, the people have a voice in electing the president. In SA the president is made by kingmakers and the people have no voice in electing the president.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-10 06:03

      US presidents are not elected but selected by the powerful lobby groups. This so called campaigning is a mirage.

      Jack - 2012-07-10 08:56

      ye I agree. The people that write Bill Gates' checks don't just let anybody in. You gottaplay the game

  • brian.dixon.790 - 2012-07-09 20:53

    It has always been the same in America. They get the best President money can buy!!!

      sterling.ferguson.5 - 2012-07-09 23:02

      Money doesn't guarantee that you will win an election in the US, as a matter of facts, it can hurt your chances of winning. There was a case where a woman spent 100 million dollars of her personal money and lost the election to another candidate with less money. If one read the history of the presidents in the US, one will find that most of them weren't filthy rich like a lot of people think. Lincoln was one of the greatest president ever in the US and came from a poor humble background.

      chadjason.wilson - 2012-07-10 01:48

      @Sterling, it is not always the politican, but often the backers... below references from Wikipedia... In May 1859, Lincoln purchased the Illinois Staats-Anzeiger, a German-language newspaper which was consistently supportive; most of the state's 130,000 German Americans voted Democratic but there was Republican support that a German-language paper could mobilize.[105] As Douglas and the other candidates went through with their campaigns, Lincoln was the only one of them who gave no speeches. Instead, he monitored the campaign closely and relied on the enthusiasm of the Republican Party. The party did the leg work that produced majorities across the North, and produced an abundance of campaign posters, leaflets, and newspaper editorials. There were thousands of Republican speakers who focused first on the party platform, and second on Lincoln's life story, emphasizing his childhood poverty. The goal was to demonstrate the superior power of "free labor", whereby a common farm boy could work his way to the top by his own efforts.[120] The Republican Party's production of campaign literature dwarfed the combined opposition; a Chicago Tribune writer produced a pamphlet that detailed Lincoln's life, and sold 100,000 to 200,000 copies

      chadjason.wilson - 2012-07-10 01:51

      a bit more.... On May 18, at the Republican National Convention in Chicago, Lincoln's friends promised and manipulated and won the nomination on the third ballot, beating candidates such as William H. Seward and Salmon P. Chase

      chadjason.wilson - 2012-07-10 01:55

      Please understand Sterling that I am not suggesting that Lincoln was a poor president with immoral supporters, I am only trying to highlight that Democracy can and always will have a fundmental weakness...... its inability to protect itself from manipulation....

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-10 06:07

      It is quite telling that you have to go back over 150 years ago to find a "normal" presidential candidate.

  • dane.herbst.5 - 2012-07-10 14:43

    The war on home Bible studies and house churches is heating up again. Down in Phoenix, Arizona a man has been sentenced to 60 days in prison and has been fined $12,180 for hosting a Bible study in his home. Since 2005, Michael Salman and his wife have been hosting gatherings of about 15 or 20 people where they share food, fellowship and discuss the Bible. Unfortunately, that kind of thing is against the law in Phoenix, Arizona apparently. At one point, nearly a dozen armed police officers raided their home and "evidence" of their "crimes" was gathered. Michael Salman was found guilty of 67 "code violations", and now he is going to be ripped away from his family and put in prison for two months. In addition, the assistant city prosecutor is asking the court to "revoke his probation and convert it into a 2 1/2 year jail sentence since he continues to hold worship gatherings on his property despite court orders." This kind of case has the potential to have a huge "chilling effect" on home gatherings of all kinds all over the United States.

      Andre - 2012-07-17 14:09

      Dane, thank you for your info. We always see US as the paragon of democracy. Indeed yes, they are the "protectors" of liberal (capital)-democracy" where ruling by fear is not an exception. I prefer the social democracy from North/West Europe. It is expensive but it is worth to contribute for each and every protection.

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