Fundraising from the White House: compare and contrast

I’m not sure this is much different than using coffees in the White House, or renting out the Lincoln bedroom as a way of raising funds for a political campaign. But it’s a stretch to say what Pres. Obama is doing right now to raise money for the Democratic Party is the same as what George Bush did and Ronald Reagan did. Video to compare and contrast below the fold.

In March the President held a fundraiser in the White House with … wait for it … Wall Street executives. Aside from the fact that, according to Democrats, Wall Street is the exclusive property of Republicans, it netted the young president of cool $1.7 million.

Now the president is using the Internet and the White House to raffle off a dinner with him and … wait for it …  Joe Biden. Here’s the video and it really is worth a look. It’s not too late enter today.


Jake Tapper at ABC looked into this and he says there’s nothing illegal about it. Maybe so but it’s not exactly hope and change.

Officials from good government groups Tuesday criticized President Obama for engaging in fundraising-related activities on the grounds of the White House, though they did so noting that the president is joining a long tradition of presidents who have done so.

On March 7, President Obama met with more than two dozen financial leaders and executives, in the Blue Room of the White House. The event was organized by the Democratic National Committee, and all but one of the individuals appear to be campaign contributors to the president.

More recently, the president taped a video in the residence of the White House, as part of a fundraising “raffle” for donors, offering a dinner with him as a prize.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters that a president holding a DNC- or RNC-sponsored event at the White House is extremely common.

“It is wholly understandable why the president would want to consult with business executives about their ideas about, you know, what to do in terms of economic policy and business policy going forward, including financial sector policy,” Carney said, “and the fact that they’re supporters, obviously, he would want to talk to his supporters about that, as well,” he said.

Jay Carney tells Tapper it’s nothing different than what George Bush did and what Ronald Reagan did. But take a look at the videos my little mobsters. The ads that Carney points to just show fleeting scenes of W in the White House at the beginning of the bad. Is it me or has the young president taken campaigning from the Oval Office tour: the level?



Just a difference without a distinction? Personally I think there’s a big difference here. But I’m not sure the president sees one. And to be truthful I’m not sure he really cares. Do you?

One more thing to think about here is well. Apparently some rooms of the White House are off-limits for this kind of fundraising.

A White House official told ABC News that filming the video in the White House residence “is entirely appropriate. The legal restriction is only that we cannot solicit funds in certain offices in the White House which we’re not doing.” The DNC brought the film crew and paid for it.

And Fox’s doing a little compare and contrast over the last 24 hours and questioning whether this is one of the rooms that might be off-limits. I’m not sure even the kiddies at the White House are that stupid.

14 replies
  1. Tim-in-Alabama
    Tim-in-Alabama says:

    “Where can I get me one of them raffle tickets for lunch with Bumpy Barry Obama and Joe the Dumber?” (In my best John Kerry huntin’ license voice.)

  2. crystal4
    crystal4 says:

    More Fox (“disguised as”) News subtle propaganda.
    Because he doesn’t have the statue of liberty or flags waving around him in 1 fund-raising ad…”he really is not one of us-he is not pro-America” is implied.
    How petty can you get?

  3. Steve M
    Steve M says:

    @crystal4 – Do you have a reading comprehension issue? Although Fox News was mentioned in the last paragraph of this post, ABC News (Jake Tapper) is where most of the information for the post came from. Who said anything about flags waiving? This is about the requirements to keep the campaign, separate from the Executive Branch.

  4. Dimsdale
    Dimsdale says:

    I wish that the propaganda that the NYTimes, CNN, MSNBC, CBS, ABC, PBS etc. routinely spouts were half as subtle.
    That said, if ?bama spent as much time doing his job, and doing it well, as he did campaigning for another (undeserved) term, he wouldn’t need to campaign.? It apparently costs a lot to whitewash a truly abysmal record of “accomplishment”.
    Time to roll out the “are you better off today than you were four years ago?” advertising!!

  5. winnie888
    winnie888 says:

    Reagan & Bush used montages.? They didn’t produce their ads from inside the White House as if they were giving a fireside chat or addressing the nation.
    If Obama were to be more accurate about his first term, perhaps he should have produced his video on a golf course in Hawaii.
    “Dinner with Barack & Joe”…oh, spare me that kinda pain.

  6. Lynn
    Lynn says:

    How come he’s a capitalist for his campaign ads and a progressive for his fiscal policies? Hey, does it mean capitalism works?

  7. Lynn
    Lynn says:

    I finally checked out Tom’s link. O’s? raffle tickets dropped price just like the US credit rating.? I hope this means his ship is sinking.

  8. TomL
    TomL says:

    Since zero has been in office he has averaged a fund raiser every 3 days. After golf and vacations what does that leave him for working days.

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