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Obama Donates to Himself Calling Romney’s Donors “special interests”
by Ali Papademetriou
Tuesday morning, President Obama sent an email to all of his supporters declaring his donation to his own reelection campaign. The email displayed a video of the president sitting at his laptop donating five thousand dollars, saying, “I’m not just talking the talk, I’m walking the walk.”
Not only did Obama present a “symbolic gesture” by donating to himself for the first time, campaign rhetoric by inevitably comparing his campaign donors to former Massachusetts’ governor, Mitt Romney’s. In his video, Obama noted, “On its own, what I gave won’t be enough to surmount the unprecedented fundraising we’ve seen on the other side, both from our opponent’s campaign and from the outside groups and special interests supporting him, but we have always believed that there’s nothing we can’t do when we all pitch in.”
Merely four years ago, then democratic candidate Barack Obama’s top campaign contributors were the University of California: $1,648,685.00, Goldman Sachs: $1,013,091.00, Harvard University: $878,164.00, Microsoft Corporation: $852,167.00, Google Inc.: $814,540.00, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co: $808,799.00, and Citigroup Inc.: $736,771.00.
During that same election, Mitt Romney’s top contributors came nowhere near the amounts that Obama’s campaign was granted. Romney’s top five donors were Goldman Sachs: $235,275.00, Citigroup Inc.: $178,450.00, Merrill Lynch: $176,125.00, Morgan Stanley: $170,350.00, and Lehman Brothers: $154,800.00.
The numbers prove that Obama was once the candidate with “outside groups and special interests supporting him”. Even in his reelection campaign, special interests groups such as Wells Fargo and IBM continue funding president Obama.
As SpreadLibertyNews reported, at the center of campaign donor hypocrisy lies Bain Capital, a financial group that invests in venture capital opportunities . Barack Obama, since the beginning of his re-election campaign, has asserted that Republican candidate, Mitt Romney, killed jobs while working for Bain. As SLN noted, ”Evidence that candidate Romney killed businesses including GST steel, which the President televised a campaign ad about. David Foster, lead negotiator for workers at GST said, “Bain Capital was the majority owner, they were responsible. Mitt Romney was deeply involved in the influence that he exercised over these companies.” This ad has been replayed by Obama’s campaign many times as a way to show Mitt Romney is not an economical man and hurts instead of helps jobs.
Although as SLN pointed out,”GatewayPundit published information from ABC News revealing that Jonathan Lavine, managing director at Bain Capital has funded Obama’s campaign between $100,000 and $200,000 dollars, donations were received by the “2012 Obama Victory Fund” as stated in campaign financial reports. Since 2004 candidate Obama has gathered $118,000 from Bain Capital employees, this time-period covering Presidential and Senatorial elections.” Just a casual glance at Obama’s campaign donor list shows his inconsistency in “walking the walk and talking the talk”, he is also deceiving and betraying his supporters by accepting donations from the very company he is speaking out against.