Twenty-seven fund-raisers collected more than $500,000 each in contributions for President Obama and the Democratic Party in the past three months, helping Mr. Obama collect a record haul of campaign cash as he starts his re-election effort.
The list of Mr. Obama’s biggest bundlers, which was posted on the president’s campaign Web site on Friday, is filled with celebrities and the well-connected, like Jeffrey Katzenberg, the Hollywood mogul; Andy Spahn, a close friend and consultant to Steven Spielberg, the moviemaker; and Anna Wintour, the editor of Vogue.
More than 200 other people scooped up tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars each in contributions for the president. Collectively, they raised at least $35 million for Mr. Obama and the Democratic National Committee, or about 40 percent of the $86 million he reported for the quarter.
It would seem the rich and famous are unaware or don’t care that Barack Obama is a communislamofascistbabyeaterpuppykicker, or whatever the rightards are calling him this week. — Ryking
All of these posts about how much money these politicians are raising for their campaigns makes me distinctly uncomfortable.
We are in the midst of the worst recession (dare I say depression?) since the Great Depression and yet these people are dumping enough cash for me to survive on for the rest of my life on… campaigns.
My personal feeling is any and all campaigns that garner enough signatures to be placed on the ballot should be publicly financed. No private contributions whatsoever. It sure would help with the problem of special interest cash, for one. And maybe those donations could go to something that actually helps people, for another.