I kept hearing over and over again in the media that Scott Walker was outspending the Democrat loser 7-1.
Here’s one particularly pathetic take on that:
Voter Cries Over WI Recall: Signaling Death Of Democracy, ‘End Of USA As We Know It’
by Meenal Vamburkar | 11:35 pm, June 5th, 2012
Wisconsin’s intense, passionate recall battle came to a close Tuesday night, with Scott Walker retaining his title as governor. After the projections were in, CNN headed to Badger State to get some reactions — including one from a Tom Barrettsupporter who was very emotional. Unable to hold back tears, he lamented the results, angrily decrying the end of democracy.
Before cutting to the voter, Mike, John King noted that he “underscored” his disappointment. “We’re not just disappointed,” the voter said, “this is the end of democracy.”
Noting they got outspent $34 million to $4 million, he said, “This was the biggest election in America.” Becoming more emotional, he went on to say, “Democracy died tonight.” Acknowledging he’s “very emotional,” he broke into tears, saying, “This was it. If we didn’t win tonight, the end of the USA as we know it just happened.”
Before King chimed back in, the voter got his message in once more: “Democracy’s dead.”
Take a look, via CNN [see site for embedded video]:
The same video is currently available on Youtube:
How terrible was it when Obama was outspending John McCain by 3-1 and even by as much as 5-1???? Oh, it was a good thing, then. Great for democracy, you know.
Well, it turns out that it is a LIE that Democrats got outspent $34 million to $4 million, and that the Walker recall was won because Republicans unfairly amassed huge out-of-state money while honest Democrats tried vainly to use the state electoral process and got crushed.
It turns out that the same media that counted every single penny that Republicans raised somehow managed to overlook $21 million in out-of-state union money:
Spending Gap? Media Ignores $21 Million Unions Spent in WI
by Ben Shapiro June 6, 2012
The spin from the left on the morning after their disastrous Wisconsin recall election failure is that Governor Scott Walker (R-WI), who walked away with the election, did so because he spent oodles of money.
Politico’s takeaway: “Money shouts.” “Walker wins one for the plutocrats,” trumpeted Joan Walsh of Salon.com. “Outspent 7-1, Democrats couldn’t beat Scott Walker with a strong ground game.” Media Matters’ favorite Washington Post columnist, Greg Sargent, cited the Citizens United decision allowing corporate political spending no less than five times in his recap of the election – despite the fact that not one dollar spent in Wisconsin would have been illegal before Citizens United. The Post’s Chris Cillizza said, “Being outspent 10-1 (or worse) is never a recipe for success in a race. Democrats cried foul over Walker’s exploitation of a loophole that allowed him to collect unlimited contributions prior to the official announcement of the recall in late March.” Daily Kos said that with Walker’s spending edge, “It shouldn’t even be close.”
This is false.
Overall, over $63.5 million was spent on the recall effort by various parties. Walker spent about $30 million; Barrett spent about $4 million. Most of the money spent by Walker came from out-of-state sources – The Republican Governors Association spent about $4 million, almost all from out-of-state; the Kochs gave $1 million; the Chamber of Commerce gave $500,000. On the surface, then, it appears that Walker had a tremendous cash advantage.
Not so fast. As it turns out, labor unions spent an additional $21 million on the recall election. When it came to state senate recall elections back in September 2011, Democrats outspent Republicans $23.4 million to $20.5 million.
While Politico’s Glenn Thrush says that there’s “only one paragraph you really need to read this ayem, courtesy of the Center for Public Integrity,” then quotes a paragraph talking about Walker’s biggest donors, that’s hackish reporting. The CPI actually adds:
Campaign contributions tell only part of the story. National unions have kept Barrett’s campaign alive by funding outside groups dedicated to defeating Walker. More than a year since Walker limited collective bargaining rights for most public employees, the nation’s three largest public unions — the National Education Association (NEA), American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) — have channeled at least $2 million from their treasuries and super PACs to two Wisconsin-based independent expenditure groups.
It’s also worth noting that while Republicans largely had to build their ground game from the ground up, labor unions have a consistent ground game – funded by tax dollars. All of the donations to Walker and pro-Walker groups were not mandated. The same is not true of Big Labor dollars, which come from mandatory unions dues in most cases.
In terms of strict numbers, Walker spent some $30 million; Barrett and the unions spent $25 million. That’s not a 7-to-1 differential. And when you add in unions’ inherent advantage in ground game, you’re talking about a better-than-even split for Barrett.
Scott Walker won last night because he is a good governor. He didn’t win because of a money advantage, even though Wisconsin rules heavily favor incumbent politicians who are recalled (they can raise unlimited contributions from individuals after recall petitions are filed, whereas opponents cannot take more than $10,000 from individuals). The media’s attempt to pass this election off as a win for big money simply doesn’t hold water.
Okay, so Democrats tried to raise tons of money for this race outside Wisconsin. Only Republicans raised more money from out-of-state. And therefore Democrats say out-of-state money is unfair even though they have been doing it for YEARS and tried to do it again here.
So why did “The end of the USA as we know it just happen”????
Because now Republicans are fighting back.
I make a point in an article I just published that points out a few facts:
Speaking of fundraisers, it’s actually amazing: not only has Obama raised more campaign money from Wall Street “fat cats” than any politician in American history, but in fact Obama has plainly and simply pimped more money than any politician in the history of the entire human race. Which is to say that when Obama just keeps going from fundraiser to fundraiser to fundraiser (having attended more of them than the last five previous presidents COMBINED), he’s just obeying his weasel nature.
The audacity is breathtaking.
The president has raised more money from Wall Street through the Democratic National Committee and his campaign account than any politician in American history. This year alone, he has raked in more cash from bank employees, hedge fund managers and financial services companies than all Republican candidates combined.
Even poor Mitt Romney was outraised by the Obama money machine at his former employer, Bain Capital, by a margin of 2 to 1.
It is a campaign operation whose wheels are greased by Wall Street bundlers like MF Global former chief, Jon Corzine. These financiers are so good at what they do that the Center for Responsive Politics reports that Obama’s Wall Street fundraising will “far surpass 2008 in terms of raw dollars and as a percentage of what he raises overall.”
That’s saying a lot considering that Obama’s “Hope and Change” campaign in 2008 raised more money from the financial community than any other politician in American history.
Washington, May 23 (ANI): President Barack Obama has been found to be the first U.S. politician ever to raise over a billion dollars in the course of his career.
According to an analysis by the Center for Responsive Politics, his lifetime total hit has been found to be 1,017,892,305 dollars in April, nine years after he began his 2004 race for Senate.
According to the New York Daily News, the Center results found the President to have raised more than 217 million dollars so far for this campaign, while his November opponent Mitt Romney has made just fewer than 100 million dollars.
Barack Obama has already held more re-election fundraising events than every elected president since Richard Nixon combined, according to figures to be published in a new book.
Obama is also the only president in the past 35 years to visit every electoral battleground state in his first year of office.
The figures, contained a in a new book called The Rise of the President’s Permanent Campaign by Brendan J. Doherty, due to be published by University Press of Kansas in July, give statistical backing to the notion that Obama is more preoccupied with being re-elected than any other commander-in-chief of modern times.
Doherty, who has compiled statistics about presidential travel and fundraising going back to President Jimmy Carter in 1977, found that Obama had held 104 fundraisers by March 6th this year, compared to 94 held by Presidents Carter, Ronald Reagan, George Bush Snr, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush combined.
In another recent article I wrote I point out that it was none other than Barack Hussein Obama who totally destroyed any limits on campaign contributions when he broke his word of honor and became the first presidential candidate in American history to abandon the public matching funds that set LIMITS on fundraising:
In 2008, Obama’s record haul was made possible by the fact that he broke a campaign pledge and opted out of the public financing system. He was the first candidate ever to take that step, and he justified it with the prospect of hostile outside spending.
And now the very same Democrats who pissed on limits for campaign money are the biggest whiners over the huge money because suddenly they aren’t able to raise as much.
As righteously outraged as the Democrats are over the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, that decision was merely the Supreme Court recognizing that in Barack Obama Democrats had destroyed the process that had always previously existed before – even though Democrats had always cheated in that process with big union money – and decided to completely open the process to allow the right to compete.
I point out in that immediately above article:
And understand: the Citizens United case – which Obama demonized and undermined the Supreme Court for deciding – hadn’t happened yet. And the only reason we probably ever GOT the Citizens United decision that Obama demonized the Supreme Court over is because Barack Obama broke his word and massively corrupted the political fundraising system to form the backdrop to which Citizens United came down.
You don’t like the Citizens United decision that opened up the fundraising floodgates even wider than Obama flung them open, Democrats? You have yourselves to blame for it and for a whole hell of a lot of other things by electing an evil malignant narcissist as your president. Because don’t you dare think that the Supreme Court didn’t look at the billion dollar whore who had ripped up all previously mutually agreed upon fundraising rules and standards and concluded that they might as well finish what Obama started.
And then there’s the fact that according to the Democrats’ “logic,” corporations – which are groups of people organizing to build a business – shouldn’t be counted as a “person,” but UNIONS – which are groups of people organizing to tear apart those same businesses – SHOULD BE counted as a “person.” So unions raising hundreds of millions of dollars is good but corporations that are backed by elected boards and millions of shareholders raising money is BAD.
The hypocrisy is astonishing. The Democrats who are so livid over the injustice of “non-persons” contributing campaign money have greedily taken “non-person” big union money for decades.
Just like a corporation, a union is a group of people organized into a common cause. So if Democrats want to get “non-persons” out of political contributions, just have them repay the Republican Party every single dime they’ve accepted from unions over the last hundred years, adjusted for inflation and along with componded interest. And then we can undo Citizens United. Until then, kindly eat your own fecal matter and die, Democrats.
In the news today is the following headline: “Breaking: Romney/RNC outraises Obama/DNC by nearly $17 million in May.”
Democrats are getting their asses kicked. And now it’s all suddenly just so unfair and it’s the end of the world and the end of democracy and America just ended.
If you ever wonder why I have such an angry tone, this stuff is an example: there is such a constant stream of pure lies and distortions coming out of the Democrat Party and their mainstream media propagandists on a daily basis that it is positively unreal and proof of Mark Twain’s famous remark that a lie can travel halfway around the world before the truth can even get its boots on. And I am sick of the lies.