Obama has spent more on his reelection campaign than any candidate in history. His campaign throws down millions of dollars each day, bombarding swing states with television ads and grandiose campaign events. Obama for America has privately raised an astounding $700 million for the incumbent’s campaign, and I couldn’t care less how they spend that money. But did you know our tax dollars are also helping to fund his reelection endeavors?
In less than four years President Obama has held more campaign events than any other president did in their full term, and our tax dollars foot the bill for all of his expensive travel and accommodations. Air Force One ain’t cheap, people! His press secretary, Jay Carney, defends the president, saying these government-funded trips allow Obama to “get out into the country… and talk to folks about growing the economy, creating jobs.” Hmm… I guess he is only interested in talking to people in the swing states, which are where he has primarily been making stops. If his intent were to genuinely talk to the Americans that he represents, I would expect him to also make stops in large, non-battleground states like Texas and California.
Another bee in my bonnet is tax dollars going towards Obama’s campaign ads. Planned Parenthood, which gets most of its’ funding from taxpayer subsidies, has spent tons of money on Obama ads- they spent $3.2 million in just Ohio and Virginia alone. Now, I see no problem with political action committees supporting candidates with money raised from the private sector, but government-funded organizations need to stay out of political campaigns.
I am not an Obama supporter, so why should my tax dollars go towards his campaign efforts? House Speaker John Boehner (R- Ohio) said in a statement, “It’s time for the Obama campaign to pony up and reimburse taxpayers.”
- Obama campaigns more urgently in response to debate setback (latimes.com)
- Romney on the rebound in swing states (capitolhillblue.com)
- Slide halted, Romney challenging Obama in swing states (reuters.com)