Not too shabby for a guy who hasn’t officially held a campaign rally yet. White House correspondent Mark Knoller, indicates that the President is really only fooling himself, having already held twice as many campaign fundraisers than George Bush did during his entire 2004 re-election bid.
Via the Daily Mail:
According to Mark Knoller of CBS News, unofficial keeper of presidential statistics, Obama has held 124 fundraisers – about one every three days – since he launched his re-election bid last April compared to the 57 Bush held to raise cash for his re-election bid eight years ago.
Obama’s frenetic fundraising schedule had prompted the Republican National Committee (RNC) to lodge a formal complaint with the Government Accountability Office (GAO) about misuse of taxpayer money.
Speaker John Boehner ripped the President, demanding that he ‘pony up and reimburse the Treasury’.
‘Frankly, I think this is beneath the dignity of the White House … for the president to make a campaign issue about it and then travel to three battleground states,’ he said.
‘This one does not pass the straight-face test. You know it, and I know it. It’s time for the Obama campaign to pony up and reimburse the Treasury.’
He added that ‘the president keeps trying to invent these kind of fake fights because he doesn’t have a record’ and ‘the emperor wears no clothes’.
What exactly has this administration accomplished that does pass the straight-face test?
So how does he get away with using your money as opposed to his own? RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, explains.
‘Throughout his administration, but particularly in recent weeks, President Obama has been passing off campaign travel as “official events”, thereby allowing taxpayers, rather than his campaign, to pay for his re-election efforts.’
The rate we’re being stuck with? Air Force one costs roughly $180,000 an hour to operate, and the President has unlimited power to use it for his campaign tour stops.
Here’s White House Press Secretary, Jay Carney, just yesterday:
“… look … we’re not hiding the fact that he is engaged in some campaign activities.”
And here’s CBS White House correspondent, Mark Knoller, on twitter today (h/t Weasel Zippers):
Also today, Pres Obama does a campaign event at a nearby hotel. No press coverage. WH trying to minimize pres being seen in campaign mode.