Obama Is Fundraiser in Chief
He's held more events than the last five guys
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Aug 19, 2011 9:22 AM CDT
President Barack Obama is surrounded by camera phones as he shakes hands with the audience at a fundraiser on the eve of his 50th birthday, Aug. 3, 2011, in Chicago.   (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

(Newser) – Barack Obama has held more fundraising events in his first term than any of the last five presidents—and it’s not terribly close. According to new research reported by USA Today, Obama has held a whopping 127 fundraising events so far, outpacing George W. Bush (88), Bill Clinton (76), and their predecessors. Of those, 37 were for his own campaign, with the rest benefiting congressional Democrats; by contrast, Bush had only held 11 events for himself at this stage.

The figures were compiled by an assistant professor of political science at the US Naval Academy, who makes no secret of his disapproval. “When the president spends so much time fundraising, he's necessarily not doing other things that are important,” he said. But a spokesman for the Obama campaign insists the events aren’t a distraction, and says the president needs a “robust fundraising operation” to counter the vast corporate cash backing Republicans in the wake of the Citizens United decision.

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joecarrsr
Aug 20, 2011 8:58 AM CDT
You can fundraise all you want for the 2012 election but money is not going to buy you the office. Only Washington Record will matter this time not money.The reason is that all the voters from 2010 are still watching what really is going on and will let you know in the vote of 2012. Think about it.
Schwizche
Aug 19, 2011 10:37 PM CDT
History shows our President is only accomplished at two things. Campaigning and voting "present". He's clearly gone back to his "roots".
WallyEFunk
Aug 19, 2011 6:47 PM CDT
Too bad the best person for the people , need to fight large donations from corporate sponsors, the few can effect the many. Polluting the one vote system. America's true democracy the all mighty dollar.