Compare and contract – Obama vs Tea Party
10/03/2011 1 Comment
The Obama campaign, which has prided itself on robust engagement of its grassroots supporters, appears to have stumbled in an effort meant to enlist at least 20,000 small donors by the end of September.
A campaign website set up to track the grassroots fundraising competition reported just 11,518 donations through 12:47 p.m. on Sept. 30 — a surprising result given the intensive focus on the program by Obama’s campaign team.
“If you’ve got fundraising muscle, it pays to be tea party,” according to Politico.
“That’s the takeaway from recently released financial reports for five of the biggest conservative groups that latched onto the small-government movement.
“The groups — Americans for Prosperity, FreedomWorks, Club for Growth, Leadership Institute and Tea Party Express – raised $79 million last year. That’s a 61 percent increase from their haul in 2009, when the tea party first started gaining traction, and an 88 percent increase over their tally in 2008, according to a POLITICO review of campaign reports and newly released tax filings.
“And the two biggest groups — Americans for Prosperity and FreedomWorks — tell POLITICO they’re planning to raise and spend a whopping $156 million combined this year and next, laying the groundwork for what could be a massive tea party organizing push against Democrats and the occasional moderate Republican in 2012.
Do you remember when our local left told us that the Tea Party would soon just be historical foot note, just flash in the political pan. I wonder if they still feel that way. Go Tea Party