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Published on: August 20, 2012 11:30 PM
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Washington - Facing strong fundraising from his Republican challenger, President Barack Obama and Democrats have spent more than they brought in last month as the president expanded his campaign operations and purchased millions of dollars in television advertising to compete with rival Mitt Romney.

New campaign finance reports out Monday show Obama’s campaign spent about $59 million in July, much of it on advertising and paid staff. That’s compared with about $49.2 million in total receipts during the same period, Federal Election Commission data show.

Obama’s re-election effort has so far been losing the money race to Romney and the Republicans, who have out-raised the president in May, June and July. Romney and the GOP reported a combined $101 million in fundraising last month, while Obama and the Democrats together said they raised $75 million.

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Early reports showed the Democratic National Committee spent about $14 million in coordinated advertising with Obama. That’s as the DNC raised roughly $10 million in July while also spending $32 million, leaving the party with about $15.4 million in the bank by month’s end.

The fundraising disparity has been so significant that Obama campaign officials have publicly stated they expect to be outraised by Romney. The former Massachusetts governor has enjoyed not only significant contributions to his campaign and party, but also millions of dollars in cash to outside “super” political groups running ads on his behalf.

In turn, Obama’s campaign spent about $40 million in July on advertising buys, about $8.8 million of which was reserved for online advertising. Obama’s campaign has prided itself on being a tech-savvy operation and relies mostly on small-dollar donors via the Internet, where such targeted ads run.

By contrast, Romney’s campaign reported $40.3 million in July revenues and spending $32.7 million. Just like for Obama, a bulk of those expenses went to advertising purchases, although only about $15.5 million by comparison. The new data show Romney had fewer than half the number of paid staffers as Obama, or about 320.

Obama’s campaign has also swelled to more than 800 paid staffers across the country, the reports showed, not counting volunteers. More than 350 of those payroll checks went to addresses in Chicago, the campaign’s base of operations.


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 Aug 20, 2012 at 11:44 PM Mark Levin Says:

To Obama, spending more than you have available isn't anything new.

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 Aug 21, 2012 at 12:04 AM anonymous613 Says:

Does this means he will raise taxes even more to cover the cost? He runs his campaign like the he runs the government.

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 Aug 21, 2012 at 02:30 AM Chuna Says:

That's how his healthcare works.

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 Aug 21, 2012 at 08:07 AM Kzler Says:

Reply to #1  
Mark Levin Says:

To Obama, spending more than you have available isn't anything new.

Legitimate rape, Ayn Rand and the ethical gambling funds will decide election and of course the frauduent arguments

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 Aug 21, 2012 at 08:20 AM Kzler Says:

Reply to #2  
anonymous613 Says:

Does this means he will raise taxes even more to cover the cost? He runs his campaign like the he runs the government.

Once he is back in the oval office and brilliant Republicans quote legitimate rape, and gambling moguls have spent their fortune and survival of fittest Ayn Rand is down then drain no need for more spending

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 Aug 21, 2012 at 08:36 AM David Says:

At least he's consistent.

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 Aug 21, 2012 at 08:38 AM Aryeh Says:

Funny, the same thing happened with Federal spending...

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 Aug 21, 2012 at 08:52 AM Kzler Says:

Foremost the Repubican monetary flooding was decided by a supreme court judge who declared a corp a person and of course it has a sould and it is a wandering soul because some corp. have foreign headquarters.Another Republican just discovered that Ayn Rand is an atheist and soon we will discover the purity of funds derived from gambling.

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 Aug 21, 2012 at 09:17 AM qazxc Says:

Reply to #1  
Mark Levin Says:

To Obama, spending more than you have available isn't anything new.

Yeah, Obama went to war in Afghanistan without raising taxes to pay for it, invaded Iraq looking for nonexistent WMD because he was confused by the similarity between the names IraQ and IraN, again without funding the war, cut taxes on the wealthiest Americans, not only without cutting spending but with the largest jump in Medicare spending in history, giving drug coverage to all senior citizens, regardless of need and presided over the crushing of the US economy under the weight of Saudi supported $4.00 per gallon gasoline, being too busy lip kissing the Saudi rulers and 'liberating' the friendly, peaceful followers of that great religion of peace known as Islam.

No thank you, Mr. Obama. Twelve years of your failed policies is twelve years too many.

Who knows what kind of damage you'd do to the country if we let you have a third term.

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 Aug 21, 2012 at 09:20 AM SherryTheNoahide Says:

They are talking about the DNC monies- it's not counting the monies he brings in from those stupid super-pacs & everything else! So this article is a bit misleading!

But honestly...who here decides who to vote for, based on those 30second ad buys??

I guess I just cannot believe how much is spent on Presidential races noww-a-days, PERIOD!

It wasn't always supposed to be like this, was it?! People didn't USED to have to raise 1\2 a billion (or a whole billion) dollars just to run for President! Yeah, a person expects the Presidential race to be a lot more than any Congressional or Senate race, but come on!

How is any NORMAL person supposed to be able to run for office w\out the backing of millions upon millions of dollars?! They don't even let candidates SPEAK at debates unless they've raised a certain amount of $, etc...and the Super Pacs! I don't like EITHER party having those!

What a huge fiasco these are all turning out to be! It won't be before long, before the Presidential race will be turned into some kind of Game Show!

I don't know whether to laugh or to cry! :-(

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 Aug 21, 2012 at 09:31 AM qazxc Says:

Reply to #9  
qazxc Says:

Yeah, Obama went to war in Afghanistan without raising taxes to pay for it, invaded Iraq looking for nonexistent WMD because he was confused by the similarity between the names IraQ and IraN, again without funding the war, cut taxes on the wealthiest Americans, not only without cutting spending but with the largest jump in Medicare spending in history, giving drug coverage to all senior citizens, regardless of need and presided over the crushing of the US economy under the weight of Saudi supported $4.00 per gallon gasoline, being too busy lip kissing the Saudi rulers and 'liberating' the friendly, peaceful followers of that great religion of peace known as Islam.

No thank you, Mr. Obama. Twelve years of your failed policies is twelve years too many.

Who knows what kind of damage you'd do to the country if we let you have a third term.

Sorry, that should read fourth term, not third.

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 Aug 21, 2012 at 09:31 AM If you forgot Says:

In 2008 it was just the opposite. OBAMA was spending like a drunk, he was flooded with more money that could use.
It was a must win, legal. Illegal Immoral, nothing mattered, and the famous author of "Campaign Finance" Senator John McCain, trying to show as an example of how righteous he was, in the beginning wasn't asking for funding, he was trying to prove his idiotic smartness. Later seeing that he was losing he tried to fix his mistake, but it was too late. Obama finally outspent him by about, $500.000 dollars. Not taking into account the anti Republican pro Democratic hatchet media. Ofcourse they delivered us an ignorant.
The value of the biased media is in itself worth a few hundred million dollars for Obama.
Make no mistake about it. he will do anything and everything possible to win by all means.
Soon he will be a cry baby, that he hasn't gotten enough money.
No question about it. Romney to have a chance, must outspend Obama a couple of hundreds of millions of dollars, just to get his message out,
The media love Obama.

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 Aug 21, 2012 at 09:31 AM Goldberg Says:

Reply to #9  
qazxc Says:

Yeah, Obama went to war in Afghanistan without raising taxes to pay for it, invaded Iraq looking for nonexistent WMD because he was confused by the similarity between the names IraQ and IraN, again without funding the war, cut taxes on the wealthiest Americans, not only without cutting spending but with the largest jump in Medicare spending in history, giving drug coverage to all senior citizens, regardless of need and presided over the crushing of the US economy under the weight of Saudi supported $4.00 per gallon gasoline, being too busy lip kissing the Saudi rulers and 'liberating' the friendly, peaceful followers of that great religion of peace known as Islam.

No thank you, Mr. Obama. Twelve years of your failed policies is twelve years too many.

Who knows what kind of damage you'd do to the country if we let you have a third term.

What do your comments have to do with the article? stop trying to reflect the facts and living in the past.

Oh and btw I just filled up yesterday and paid $4 a gallon when your favorite commander in chief took the reins almost 4 years ago I paid about $1.50 a gallon. Don't believe me? please look it up.

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 Aug 21, 2012 at 09:34 AM qazxc Says:

Reply to #10  
SherryTheNoahide Says:

They are talking about the DNC monies- it's not counting the monies he brings in from those stupid super-pacs & everything else! So this article is a bit misleading!

But honestly...who here decides who to vote for, based on those 30second ad buys??

I guess I just cannot believe how much is spent on Presidential races noww-a-days, PERIOD!

It wasn't always supposed to be like this, was it?! People didn't USED to have to raise 1\2 a billion (or a whole billion) dollars just to run for President! Yeah, a person expects the Presidential race to be a lot more than any Congressional or Senate race, but come on!

How is any NORMAL person supposed to be able to run for office w\out the backing of millions upon millions of dollars?! They don't even let candidates SPEAK at debates unless they've raised a certain amount of $, etc...and the Super Pacs! I don't like EITHER party having those!

What a huge fiasco these are all turning out to be! It won't be before long, before the Presidential race will be turned into some kind of Game Show!

I don't know whether to laugh or to cry! :-(

Look at the field of candidates in this year's election.

It already is a game show.

Jeopardy.

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 Aug 21, 2012 at 10:13 AM OyGevald Says:

Hmmm. I smell a rat!
Let's see, did anyone work without collecting their salary? I think not. This is just a ploy of sorts. A symapthy ploy.

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 Aug 21, 2012 at 11:21 AM qazxc Says:

Reply to #13  
Goldberg Says:

What do your comments have to do with the article? stop trying to reflect the facts and living in the past.

Oh and btw I just filled up yesterday and paid $4 a gallon when your favorite commander in chief took the reins almost 4 years ago I paid about $1.50 a gallon. Don't believe me? please look it up.

My comment is totally relevant as I was responding to a comment about Obama being to blame for the federal government overspending.

We are now 15 trillion dollars in debt, give or take a trillion (what's a few hundred billion between politicians and other lower forms of life anyway?).

Calculate the costs of the two wars Obama entered in his first two terms without funding them, his tax cut for the wealthy without cutting spending and the cost of buy medications for senior citizens no matter how much they have stashed away, and the ongoing costs of the above follies, and you see that the Obama policies have done terrible damage to the country.

As for the price of a gallon of gas, I paid $3.49 last night (cash, credit card eight cents higher, in the same station in which I was paying 4.01 in the spring and summer of '08, the end of Obama's second term.

And there was no where in America where gasoline was $1.50 at the start of Obama's third term in January '09.

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 Aug 21, 2012 at 11:33 AM qazxc Says:

Reply to #13  
Goldberg Says:

What do your comments have to do with the article? stop trying to reflect the facts and living in the past.

Oh and btw I just filled up yesterday and paid $4 a gallon when your favorite commander in chief took the reins almost 4 years ago I paid about $1.50 a gallon. Don't believe me? please look it up.

And the only president one could conceivably consider my 'favorite commander in chief' was Ike.

I voted for McCain and wish the Republicans would nominate another candidate worth supporting.

Today's candidates make me nostalgic for just about any post WW II president other than Jimmy ym"s Carter.

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 Aug 21, 2012 at 01:19 PM Kzler Says:

Reply to #16  
qazxc Says:

My comment is totally relevant as I was responding to a comment about Obama being to blame for the federal government overspending.

We are now 15 trillion dollars in debt, give or take a trillion (what's a few hundred billion between politicians and other lower forms of life anyway?).

Calculate the costs of the two wars Obama entered in his first two terms without funding them, his tax cut for the wealthy without cutting spending and the cost of buy medications for senior citizens no matter how much they have stashed away, and the ongoing costs of the above follies, and you see that the Obama policies have done terrible damage to the country.

As for the price of a gallon of gas, I paid $3.49 last night (cash, credit card eight cents higher, in the same station in which I was paying 4.01 in the spring and summer of '08, the end of Obama's second term.

And there was no where in America where gasoline was $1.50 at the start of Obama's third term in January '09.

U.S. is a net exporter of crude oil but if the American crude oil production would get into the domestic market prices would go down. The Republicans are liars and would bring this country to its knees. Check with your oil companies about the high price and has nothing to do with the President

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 Aug 21, 2012 at 02:44 PM Kizler representing the reelection Says:

Reply to #18  
Kzler Says:

U.S. is a net exporter of crude oil but if the American crude oil production would get into the domestic market prices would go down. The Republicans are liars and would bring this country to its knees. Check with your oil companies about the high price and has nothing to do with the President

The only time you can blame the President for gas prices and the the economy is, when the President is a Republican.
No no don't blame Obama, he is not responsible for anything

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 Aug 21, 2012 at 04:24 PM qazxc Says:

Reply to #19  
Kizler representing the reelection Says:

The only time you can blame the President for gas prices and the the economy is, when the President is a Republican.
No no don't blame Obama, he is not responsible for anything

Grow up and get over the labels.


The policies of the last twelve years have been disastrous for the country.

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 Aug 21, 2012 at 04:47 PM Kzler Says:

Reply to #19  
Kizler representing the reelection Says:

The only time you can blame the President for gas prices and the the economy is, when the President is a Republican.
No no don't blame Obama, he is not responsible for anything

Kizler for reelection your candidate Mr. Akin would be assigned to the Science Committe according to your party's scheme. The new reelection baloney the GOP platform is not the presedential candidate's platform. White man speaks with forked tongue. The fine Republican Congress even stalmated programs they originally supported in order to defeat the President , GOP nihilism

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 Aug 21, 2012 at 04:44 PM bz_in_la Says:

Reply to #3  
Chuna Says:

That's how his healthcare works.

According to the CBO, Obama-care will reduce the deficit.

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 Aug 23, 2012 at 12:28 PM BarDaas Says:

He can still campain because spending money you don't have never stopped a democrat before.

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