Obama Uses Taxpayer Dollars to Promote Obamacare

 

On the latest Ricochet podcast, David Limbaugh argued that Romney may be able to outraise Obama in the run up to November’s election.  That was the first I’d heard that possibility even mentioned, but others have since backed David’s scenario up.  Chris Cillizza in the Washington Post writes,

In April, the first month in which Romney was untethered by concerns about the primary fight and in which he and the RNC linked up efforts, their combined haul was just north of $40 million — almost the exact amount the president and the DNC gathered in that time frame.

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Add it all up — and throw in a pledge from the leading conservative super PAC to spend better than $200 million— and it becomes possible that Obama, the single greatest fundraiser in the history of American politics, might get outraised (and outspent) between now and Nov. 6.

So the good news for opponents of Obama is that no matter what, we won’t end up seeing as lopsided of a race in terms of fundraising as we did in 2008.

But the bad news?  The bad news is that the President can and is using taxpayer dollars to support his reelection efforts.

The Hill reports that HHS has signed a $20 million PR contract to promote the ever unpopular Obamacare to a public that wants to see it repealed.

So no matter how much Romney raises in the next five months, it pales in comparison to Obama’s advantage of being able to dip into a taxpayer funded slush fund.

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    @DianeEllis

    By the way, there’s even more to the story than meets the eye. The Daily Caller’s Matt Lewis has some more insight into who exactly it was who won the $20 million contract to promote Obamacare.

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    @MatthewGilley

    “Paging Congressman Issa – Darrell Issa, please call your office.”

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    @JamesOfEngland
    Diane Ellis, Ed.: On the latest Ricochet podcast, David Limbaugh argued that Romney may be able to outraise Obama in the run up to November’s election.  That was the first I’d heard that possibility even mentioned, but others have since backed David’s scenario up. 

    For what it’s worth, some of us were mentioning this since last year when people were saying that the ability to fund-raise wouldn’t be an important attribute in the General. There were links and such. I get the impression that this is the same as most of the “Romney’s suddenly improved” storyline; Romney stays constant, but seems better when the viewer is no longer either dedicated to opposition or informed by those who are.

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    James Of England

    Diane Ellis, Ed.: On the latest Ricochet podcast, David Limbaugh argued that Romney may be able to outraise Obama in the run up to November’s election. 

    For what it’s worth, some of us were mentioning this since last year when people were saying that the ability to fund-raise wouldn’t be an important attribute in the General. There were links and such. I get the impression that this is the same as most of the “Romney’s suddenly improved” storyline; Romney stays constant, but seems better when the viewer is no longer either dedicated to opposition or informed by those who are.

    There’s a difference between a year ago when the possibility of Romney outraising Obama was contingent upon a large number of factors (i.e. Romney first becoming the nominee, the economy continuing to falter, etc) and today now that Romney is the presumptive nominee and has demonstrated a few good months of fundraising since he achieved that status.

    Maybe Rubio or Jeb Bush could have outraised Obama too.  Or maybe not.  Who knows? And at this point who cares?

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    @DianeEllis

    Ugh.  I completely overlooked Mollie’s post from this morning.  Embarrassing.

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    @DanielSattelberger

    This isn’t the first time they’ve done stuff like this.

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    @JamesOfEngland
    Diane Ellis, Ed.

    James Of England

    Diane Ellis, Ed.: On the latest Ricochet podcast, David Limbaugh argued that Romney may be able to outraise Obama in the run up to November’s election. 

    There’s a difference between a year ago when the possibility of Romney outraising Obama was contingent upon a large number of factors (i.e. Romney first becoming the nominee, the economy continuing to falter, etc) and today now that Romneyisthe presumptive nominee and has demonstrated a few good months of fundraising since he achieved that status.

    Maybe Rubio or Jeb Bush could have outraised Obama too.  Or maybe not.  Who knows? And at this point who cares? · 3 hours ago

    “Fundraising ability won’t matter greatly in the general election” was one of Newt and Santorum’s chief arguments throughout their stay in the primaries, ostensibly on the basis that Obama would dominate it anyway. Cain, Bachmann, Paul, Huntsman and Perry didn’t make that argument, but it was made endlessly on Ricochet. Since I (and others) had that argument repeatedly, I care about the data confirming it.

    By “last year” I meant late last year; fundraising before that wasn’t terribly predictive.

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    @MollieHemingway
    Diane Ellis, Ed.: Ugh.  I completely overlooked Mollie’s post from this morning.  Embarrassing. · 2 hours ago

    Never forgiving you.

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