The Permanent Campaign: Failed President Has Held More Fundraisers Than Previous Five Presidents Combined

Posted by on Apr 29, 2012 at 8:59 am

Let’s look at the bright side. When he’s out there shaking down his fatcat supporters he’s not actually working, so there’s the chance he’s actually doing less damage. But I guess in keeping with his adoring media we can call this historic and unprecedented.

Barack Obama has already held more fundraising events to build cash for his re-election bid than all five Presidents since Richard Nixon combined, according to figures to be published in a new book.

Obama is also the only president in the past 35 years to visit every electoral battleground state in his first year of office.

The figures, contained a in a new book called The Rise of the President’s Permanent Campaign by Brendan J. Doherty, due to be published by University Press of Kansas in July, give statistical backing to the notion that Obama is more preoccupied with being re-elected than any other commander-in-chief of modern times.

Doherty, who has compiled statistics about presidential travel and fundraising going back to President Jimmy Carter in 1977, found that Obama had held 104 fundraisers by March 6th this year, compared to 94 held by Presidents Carter, Ronald Reagan, George Bush Snr, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush combined.

Since then, Obama has held another 20 fundraisers, bringing his total to 124. Carter held four re-election fundraisers in 1980, Reagan zero in 1984, Bush Snr 19 in 1992, Clinton 14 in 1996 and Bush Jnr 57 in 2004.

Can’t wait to see how many golf outings he’s had in comparison with his predecessors. That’ll be another record-breaker, no doubt.

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13 Responses to “The Permanent Campaign: Failed President Has Held More Fundraisers Than Previous Five Presidents Combined”

  1. Tyrconnell on 29/29/12 at 9:52 am

    Hmmm, a question/pet peeve about this report, I remember a George H.W. Bush and a George W. Bush who were presidents, but when did these “Bush Snr” and Bush Jnr” serve?

  2. Observer on 29/29/12 at 1:24 pm

    And still there’s nothing but the praetorian guard media drooling approval for the Marxist brigand-in-chief

  3. Horologium on 29/29/12 at 8:36 pm

    Ummm, what about Ford? There was a two-year period between Nixon and Carter, which means that there were six presidents between Nixon and Obama, not five.

    (I recognize that the error is from the Daily Mail not you, but that is a rather sloppy error on their part.

  4. Rich K on 29/29/12 at 9:12 pm

    This is not a math test you guys. If your fixated on that nonesense then go play with spell check and your windows calculator. As to Mr Chicken Dinner, its all he’s good at so he does it alot, and alot,and alot. Nuff Said.

  5. Basilisk on 29/29/12 at 9:18 pm

    Ford succeeded Nixon after Nixon resigned. He ran for election (not re-election as he hadn’t been elected in the first place). He lost to Jimmy Carter.

  6. crypticguise on 29/29/12 at 9:47 pm

    Obama is good at not working. He loves spending the taxpayers money traveling to raise money for his political fortunes. Let’s just hope his record number of fund raisers results is a record DEFEAT in Novermber. He is such an incompetent Marxist-Socialist hack.

  7. amos on 29/29/12 at 10:42 pm

    Don’t worry about it. Either way, in another four years, Progressives will go back to fretting about the evils of money in political campaigns.

  8. SpideyTerry on 29/29/12 at 11:49 pm

    More than the past five combined… and he is still down on his fundraising projections by all accounts? Wow, this is actually good news. I’d rather he do this stuff anyway. When he’s off fundraising, he can’t cause any trouble in an official capacity.

  9. Blue Hen on 30/30/12 at 10:28 am

    He started off promising to stay with Federal guidelines and matching funds, and ended up grabbing money from everywhere and turning off AVS. And once in office, he whined about the Citizens United decision and is now setting records in trying to rake in cash (including yet another attempt at turning off AVS). Go figure.