Yes, billion with a B and GOP as in Republican donors.
Even though Obama indicated he’d raise a billion himself, he’s having trouble getting it. This recent attempt to raffle off dinner with the president for sending in $3 appears pathetic and below the office of the presidency. Mitt Romney is doing it, too, but he isn’t the president. Obama’s trolling for money anywhere he can find it. Last week he muffed an appearance at a Colorado fund raiser, coming in after 1 a.m. and stumbling through his delivery. Fewer people attended than were expected, but hey, he’ll do anything to get it. What’s next? Busking outside Broadway shows?
According to Politico:
Republican super PACs and other outside groups shaped by a loose network of prominent conservatives – including Karl Rove, the Koch brothers and Tom Donohue of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce – plan to spend roughly $1 billion on November’s elections for the White House and control of Congress, according to officials familiar with the groups’ internal operations.
That total includes previously undisclosed plans for newly aggressive spending by the Koch brothers, who are steering funding to build sophisticated, county-by-county operations in key states. POLITICO has learned that Koch-related organizations plan to spend about $400 million ahead of the 2012 elections – twice what they had been expected to commit.
Just the spending linked to the Koch network is more than the $370 million that John McCain raised for his entire presidential campaign four years ago. And the $1 billion total surpasses the $750 million that Barack Obama, one of the most prolific fundraisers ever, collected for his 2008 campaign.
Restore Our Future, the super PAC supporting Mitt Romney, proved its potency by spending nearly $50 million in the primaries. Now able to entice big donors with a neck-and-neck general election, the group is likely to meet its new goal of spending $100 million more.
And American Crossroads and the affiliated Crossroads GPS, the groups that Rove and Ed Gillespie helped conceive and raise cash for, are expected to ante up $300 million, giving the two-year-old organization one of the election’s loudest voices.
“The intensity on the right is white-hot,” said Steven Law, president of American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS. “We just can’t leave anything in the locker room. And there is a greater willingness to cooperate and share information among outside groups on the center-right.”
Yes, the intensity on the right is blazing. The media doesn’t tell you that because they want you to be discouraged. The polls also will work to that extent. But there is blood in the water and it will be worth every penny to oust Obama from the presidency.