Obama Campaign Still Accepting Donations

December 4, 2012 at 1:01 pm (Campaign, Contributions, Donations, Jim Messina, Obama For America, President Obama)

It was just a few days ago that President Obama told a Pennsylvania crowd that he already missed being on the campaign trail.  And with that, his campaign, Obama for America, is trying their best to recreate the election process for him, even going so far as to continue fundraising efforts. 
Colin Campbell at Politicker writes:

In what he called “my last election,” President Barack Obama scored a hard-fought but comfortable victory over Mitt Romney last month, but that doesn’t mean his email list will no longer be hit up for campaign cash. To wit, Mr. Obama’s electoral operation, Obama for America, is asking their supporters to contribute after filling out a form backing his plan to increase taxes on the wealthiest Americans. 

“Thanks for sharing your story. The next chapter begins today. Stand with President Obama for the next four years,” a subsequent contribution form declares. Suggested donation amounts range from $15 to $1,000 and a picture of Mr. Obama is presented with the text, “Stand with me, work with me, let’s finish what we’ve started.”

Howard Portnoy at the Examiner wonders exactly what OFA and their campaign manager, Jim Messina, plan on doing with the post-election donations.

What the president’s short- or long-term objective might be is a less pressing question than the one pertaining to the legality of his fund-raising appeal. The article quotes former (current?) campaign manager, Jim Messina, as publicly signaling that the Obama for America website will continue to exist. There is no problem there. Campaign finance laws, however, are pretty specific and straightforward about the duration of campaign fund-raising. To wit, it ends with the election. 

Messina seems to acknowledge this: 

“What’s true is just from FEC [Federal Election Commission] law, the campaign needs to shut down. We cannot expend funds for non-presidential activities. So we have got to figure out what we do next. That’s a conversation we’re having with our supporters now.” 

It is presumably with a wink that he added, “I think anything’s possible.”

In briefly reading up on campaign finance laws, it appears the Obama campaign can actually use those contributions for a short period to donate to other campaigns.  Limitations appear to be set at $2,000 per candidate.  So for all his #My2K talk, the President’s campaign manager seems to think that $2,000 means more political contributions for their cronies.
Can somebody tell me better regarding the campaign finance laws?  How long after an election can a campaign continue to solicit contributions?  Everything I’ve read talks about money in the coffers, but doesn’t mention soliciting for donations after one’s final election.
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Official Obama Campaign Ad Equates Voting to Having Sex for the First Time

October 25, 2012 at 7:01 pm (First-Time Sex, Jim Messina, Lena Dunham, Obama Campaign, Obama For America, Sex)

What’s worse is, this creepy fella right here made the video public for the first time…

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go bleach my eyes.
In the meantime, enjoy this heavily innuendoed video from your Obama campaign.

The Obama campaign has put out an official video targeting young adults that compares voting to having sex for the first time. There really are not words to describe the ad, but it gels with the Obama campaign theme that this year’s election is all about sex, birth control and abortion.

In a creepy manner, Jim Messina, Campaign Manager, Obama for America, tweeted the video — making it public for the first time.

“Your first time voting is important. Trust @lenadunham—you are ready,” he said.

Dunham, something of a vulgar performance artist, tweets out gems like this one: “My biggest sexual fantasy is that someone busts in when I’m singing in the shower and yells “girl, where you been hiding that voice?”

Yes, because voting for the narcissist-in-chief equates to a sexual experience.

Word of advice libs – if voting for Obama is like having sex … you’re doing it wrong! 

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DNC Now Conducting a War on Stay At Home Moms

April 12, 2012 at 3:00 pm (Ann Romney, David Axelrod, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Hilary Rosen, Jim Messina, Mitt Romney, Stay at Home Mom, War on Women)

A DNC adviser and strategist, Hilary Rosen, is under fire for criticizing Ann Romney as having “never worked a day in her life”.  

Apparently raising five children doesn’t constitute a real job to Ms. Rosen.

Via ABC News:

Ann Romney’s debut on Twitter couldn’t have come at a more opportune time.

Ann’s first tweet came just moments after Democratic strategist and DNC adviser Hilary Rosen lobbed an insult at Ann Romney, suggesting that the 64-year-old mother of five and grandmother of 16 had never held a job.

“Guess what, his wife has actually never worked a day in her life,” said Rosen, who was being interviewed by CNN’s Anderson Cooper about the “war on women.”

That’s when Ann herself chimed in …

And then, just like that, a familiar name popped up on Twitter: @AnnDRomney.

“I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys. Believe me, it was hard work,” Ann tweeted.

Democrats then proceeded to toss Rosen under the bus for ruining their War on Women lie by – attacking a woman…

“I could not disagree with Hilary Rosen any more strongly. Her comments were wrong and family should be off limits. She should apologize,” Obama campaign manager Jim Messina said in a tweet.

Top Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod also tweeted his disapproval: “Also Disappointed in Hilary Rosen’s comments about Ann Romney. They were inappropriate and offensive.”

Read the rest here…

UPDATE:  Rosen has apologized…

Via CNN:

Hilary Rosen offered an apology Thursday after her comments about Ann Romney sparked an uproar and a debate over women and the economy.
“I apologize to Ann Romney and anyone else who was offended,” Rosen, a top Democratic strategist and CNN contributor, said in a statement. “Let’s declare peace in this phony war and go back to focus on the substance.”

The most interesting part of that apology?  The admission that the War on Women is a fabricated lie.

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What Media Bias? Obama Campaign Briefs Reporters Assigned to Follow Romney

March 21, 2012 at 7:30 am (2012 Election, GOP, Jim Messina, Media Bias, Mitt Romney, President Obama)

It looks like the chosen one thinks he can count on the media in his corner once again, and his loyal reporters will eat it up like the lapdogs they are…

Via Politico:

The Obama 2012 team hosted an off-the-record briefing for Mitt Romney‘s press corps at Chicago headquarters today, reporters tell me.
Obama press secretary Ben La Bolt and deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter hosted the event, during which reporters were given a tour of the office and asked questions about the Obama team’s strategy and outlook on the 2012 race. Campaign manager Jim Messina is said to have made a cameo appearance.
Reporters described the event as unrevelatory and said nothing groundbreaking was discussed, but also described it as an important “get-to-know-you” session for the TV, print, and wire reporters in attendance.
The Romney campaign, which has had a complicated relationship with its press corps, seems to have been unaware that the meeting took place.

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