Most Transparent Administration Ever Refuses To Release Some Fundraising Numbers

Unlike his predecessor George W. Bush, Barack H. Obama doesn’t like the public knowing how much he raises at individual fundraising events he attends.

The Obama 2012 presidential campaign refuses to release its fundraising totals for individual events involving the president, keeping a dark curtain over one the least savory aspects of campaigning for the nation’s highest office.

The hiding of Obama’s fundraising event totals is inconsistent with the pledge of openness that has been a watchword of Obama’s campaigns and presidency. And the omission is particularly glaring given its contrast with past practices.

According to veteran CBS White House Correspondent Mark Knoller, who meticulously tracks various presidential metrics and frequently reports about them at Political Hotsheet, while Obama never releases his fundraising totals, George W. Bush did.

“The Bush Campaign routinely told reporters how much money it expected to raise at any given event,” Knoller said. “Not so the Obama campaign.” …

Even the announcement of a fundraising event is obscured by the White House. The official schedule never bills a fundraiser as as fundraiser. Instead, it says – as it does for tonight’s gathering – that Obama is slated to be at “a campaign event,” which to the untrained eye could mean a speech or a rally. But each of these are actually fundraisers.

So why all the secrecy? Well, it’s kind of hard to cast yourself as a populist crusader – a member of the 99% in good standing – when you’re raking in millions from the fat cats:

With Obama’s emphasis on battling for “the 99 percent,” the Obama campaign has tremendous incentive to downplay the millions the president can collect in a single evening from well heeled patrons in wealthy liberal bastions like Hollywood and New York City.

But remember, this is the most “transparent and ethical administration in history.” Just ask the President.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • SigFan

    Estimates are that Obama will have upwards of a billion dollars to spend smearing whomever gets the Republican nomination.  And that is exactly what he’ll do since he can’t run on any kind of accomplishments.  It would be supremely funny and divine justice to see him expend all that money and effort and still lose – and a much deserved poke in the eye of his hypocritical supporters that were fleeced of their cash for his campaign.

    • $8194357

      It is what it is, sig…International Soros type billionair bundlers and Arab Sheiks supporting their boy….He wouldn’t bring any of his “secrets” to the light of day willingly….

      • SigFan

        True that. I wonder how many unchecked credit card and gift card donations will come to him over the internet this time?

        • $8194357

          Too many…

  • Captornado

    Barry can’t run for anything as he’s been a complete failure. So he’s forced to run against everything. Deep pockets will come in very handy.

  • Jimmypop

    good. let them spend money. if the gop puts out a good conservative, there is no way barry can win. if mitt wins the nomination, he will see four more years….and wont have to spend a dime.

  • mickey_moussaoui

    obama will always be wealthy. Even if he would lose the election he can go on a world tour doing what he loves, bashing America. He’ll be more popular than bill clinton. muslims around the world will pay big bucks to hear him bad mouth The Great Satan.