We received the following unsolicited E-mail from Obama campaign manager David Plouffe. To begin with, it is excellent news that John McCain raised so much money in only one month, because it shows that Americans will put up their hard-earned money to stop a phony smile in an empty suit, a fraud and a front for the Chicago Daley machine, and a George Soros stooge from getting anywhere near the White House. More importantly, though, the Obama campaign is now firmly on record as telling its prospective donors a blatant untruth: that Obama does not take money from big donors, and that he relies on “little people” from the grassroots. We encourage our readers to circulate this information as widely as possible.
- From: “David Plouffe, BarackObama.com” (@ replaced with “at” to prevent harvesting by spammers)In the excitement of the past few days, there’s some news you may have missed.
John McCain and the Republican National Committee released their fundraising numbers for May, and we’ve got our work cut out for us.
The McCain campaign raised $21 million, which will be combined with $23.7 million raised in partnership with the Republican National Committee.
That’s nearly $45 million dollars in one month — money that will be used to attack Barack Obama and support John McCain’s effort to extend the policies of George W. Bush for another four years.
In other words, the American people that they realize that they are dealing with a totally unqualified, and possibly dangerous, individual who must be kept out of the White House. It wasn’t that long ago that the McCain campaign was almost bankrupt, but now the dollars are pouring in as they did when Americans bought war bonds to win the Second World War. John McCain once put his life on the line to defend the United States, and here is where to go to help him protect our country yet again.
Even more disturbing than the amount of money John McCain and the RNC have raised is the way they raised it. They depend on donations from Washington lobbyists and special interest PACs. And top officials in McCain’s campaign have been asking these donors to write checks and raise money from their clients to the tune of $50,000 each.
Barack is doing things differently.
This campaign has never accepted donations from Washington lobbyists or special interest PACs. And yesterday the Democratic National Committee announced that they will follow the same restriction.
We are going to compete in the general election the same way we have all along — by depending on a movement of more than 1.5 million people giving only what they can afford.
Is that a fact, Plouffie?
OpenSecrets.org, Center for Responsive Politics
Top Contributors to Barack ObamaThis table lists the top donors to this candidate in the 2008 election cycle. The organizations themselves did not donate , rather the money came from the organization’s PAC, its individual members or employees or owners, and those individuals’ immediate families. Organization totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
Because of contribution limits, organizations that bundle together many individual contributions are often among the top donors to presidential candidates. These contributions can come from the organization’s members or employees (and their families). The organization may support one candidate, or hedge its bets by supporting multiple candidates. Groups with national networks of donors – like EMILY’s List and Club for Growth – make for particularly big bundlers.
Goldman Sachs $571,330
University of California $437,236
UBS AG $364,806
JPMorgan Chase & Co $362,207
Citigroup Inc $358,054
National Amusements Inc $320,750
Lehman Brothers $318,647
Google Inc $309,514
Harvard University $309,025
Sidley Austin LLP $294,245
Skadden, Arps et al $270,013
Time Warner $262,677
Morgan Stanley $259,876
Jones Day $250,725
Exelon Corp $236,211
University of Chicago $218,857
Wilmerhale LLP $218,680
Latham & Watkins $218,615
Microsoft Corp $209,242
Stanford University $195,262
Sure, Barry and Plouffie, “1.5 million people giving only what they can afford.” Little, ordinary people with names like Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Microsoft Corporation, Exelon, Time Warner… Maybe Obama and Plouffe really believe they are talking to “bitter” small town crackers who “cling to guns and religion.”
- …For all his talk of reform, John McCain is willing to rely on huge donations from Washington lobbyists and special interest PACs. We have a historic opportunity to run a new kind of campaign and elect a new kind of leader.
Thank you for your support and for being a part of this movement,
Obama for America
We would call more than half a million dollars from Goldman Sachs a “huge donation,” even if David Plouffe and Barack Hussein Obama want us to think otherwise. Res ipsa loquitur, the thing speaks for itself.
God Damn America? No, God BLESS America, McCain 2008