Obama Campaign Call Confirms Money Concerns
A leaked phone call from President Barack Obama to some of his biggest donors this weekend gave a revealing view into the private practices of big-dollar campaign fundraising. It also revealed the campaign’s worries about being behind in the money race.
The president made a conference call last Friday from a campaign phone on Air Force One. A recording of which was leaked and in it President Obama bemoaned the how super PAC donations are flowing to his Republican rival Mitt Romney.
The president is heard saying that if things continue, he’ll be the first sitting president in modern history to be outspent in his reelection bid. Obama warned that if Democrats don’t contribute to his campaign, it can alter the political landscape.
President Obama said that the special interests that are financing Romney’s campaign are going to consolidate themselves. They will run both Congress and the White House. He is candid in the 18 minute conference call with donors who had contributed the maximum allowed amount in his last campaign. He also addressed concerns that some supporters are less enthusiastic about than they were four years ago.
The president said that in 2008, everything was new and everyone was excited about their campaign. At present, he is the incumbent president and people were disappointed because they had a vision of change happening immediately. But as it turned out, change was hard to do, especially with a obstructionist Republican Congress.
According to Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt, the conference call was routine. Observers said that candidates do this sort of fundraising pitch to keep donors from feeling complacent. But the Obama campaign has been saying that Romney has the advantage when it comes to campaign funds. Obama also sent out an email to his supports with the subject line “I will be outspent.”