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.
Why would you assume that people with the ability to constantly interrupt government workers mid-day, and with the ability to camp out in a park for months at a time, wouldn’t have jobs?
Occupy Albany got their much needed dose of media attention (video below) this morning when they interrupted budget talks in the capital. The attention-whoring featured the usual slapstick, including mic checks and the repetition of short phrases (because saying it twice makes it seem more intelligent), but the interview after the incident was where the real entertainment came through.
When asked about the interruption and the tactics used by Occupy Albany, Senator John DeFrancisco, Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, who hosted the joint legislative hearing, says their message was lost on him.
Reporter: “Did it get your attention?”
“It got my attention so far as it disrupted the proceeding but as far as changing my point of view, no,” said DeFrancisco.
Senator DeFrancisco said he thinks New York’s tax code is progressive, with reforms voted in late last year that tax the highest earners, saying Occupiers have a misplaced agenda.
Reporter: “What should they have done instead of disrupting his meeting?”
“Well, probably get a job would be a good idea and then become one of taxpayers so we won’t have to rely on fewer and fewer people to pay taxes.
Also on an interesting note, the news segment included this quote from Kathleen Farrell:
“I’m gonna interrupt a meeting I’m gonnna interrupt a budget council I’m gonna interrupt a party and I’m gonna keep it up until there’s some fairness going on here.”
Farrell is described as a freelance writer in the Legislative Gazette, and has been identified as the author of the book, Liberty for the Lion Shield. The publisher of that book was Xulon Press, a company that was purchased in 2006 by Salem Communications. Salem is the fifth largest radio station owner in the United States, and reported earnings of $207 million in 2010.
Glad she’s vehemently opposed to corporate wealth.
Watch the video…