Campaigner-in-Chief: Obama Fundraises More than All Incumbent Presidents Since Nixon Combined
While Americans may feel more comfortable when President Barack Obama is not in
Washington, D.C. trying to raise taxes while thinking up onerous, job-killing regulations,
a new book on the Obama administration will give statistical evidence that Obama
should rightfully be called the nation’s “campaigner-in-chief.”
As the Daily Mail reports, the book, The Rise of the President’s Permanent Campaign,
written by Naval Academy political science professor Brendan J. Doherty, reveals that Obama visited the
battleground states of Indiana, Florida, Colorado, and Arizona in his first month in office. He is the only president in the last 35 years to visit every battleground state in his first year
The book, which will be published in July, also notes that “Obama has already held
more re-election fundraising events than every elected president since Richard Nixon
Just yesterday, Obama raised more than $2 million at a fundraiser in Northern Virginia
with Bill Clinton. The fundraiser took place at the home of Terry McAuliffe, a prominent
Democrat and Clinton “money man.”
And these fundraising numbers do not include lavish fundraisers put together by his
friends in Hollywood and the Washington, D.C. liberal establishment on his behalf, which he does not attend.
Last week, in an interview with Breitbart News, Chairman Reince
Priebus said the RNC would be investigating whether Obama’s official trips are nothing
more than taxpayer-funded campaign events.
According to the Daily Mail, the RNC filed a formal complaint with the Government
Accountability Office soon after Priebus’s interview with Breitbart News.
Of course, these statistics are damaging to Obama because they reveal, in numbers,
a president who campaigned on changing the culture of Washington and ended up
succumbing to some of its worst aspects. Obama’s perpetual campaigning -- and lack of
actual governing and managing -- may also explain why government agencies such as
the GSA have taken even more liberties since Obama was elected.