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iamnothere 2012/06/23 18:01:00


Obama taps overseas donor pool
By: Anna Palmer and Darren Samuelsohn
June 23, 2012 07:00 AM EDT

The all-consuming hunt for donors has led President Barack Obama’s campaign to England. And France. And China.

Obama is tapping the network of American citizens living outside the 50 states more than any other presidential campaign has before, with more than a dozen bundlers who have pledged to raise as much as $4.5 million.

The president’s overseas power centers include London, where high-powered execs like Warner Bros. Josh Berger and Anthony Gardner of Palamon Capital Partners have promised to deliver as much as $500,000 each to the campaign, and Shanghai, where businessman and Technology for Obama co-Chairman Robert Roche has committed to bringing in more than $500,000.

It’s all legal — the donors are American citizens who pay U.S. taxes — and the net income to the campaigns is paltry compared the hundreds of millions of dollars raised stateside. Presidential campaigns have long taken in campaign donations from expats and people living in U.S. territories, but Obama’s campaign is focusing on those donations more than ever.

In 2008, Obama reported having seven bundlers outside the 50 states committed to raising as much as $2.3 million, with the dough rolling in at events like a George Clooney-headlined fundraiser in Geneva. Meanwhile, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) took in $610,000. And in 2004, presidential campaigns took in just under $910,000 total from Americans living abroad.

“You’ve got to do it because it’s money you need, but it’s the same as a fundraiser in a small town in America,” said Jack Oliver, who helped create President George W. Bush’s fundraising strategy in 2000 and 2004, of holding fundraisers abroad. “It’s not a game changer in resources, but it is money you don’t want [to] leave on the table.”

As of early June Obama had received more than $455,000 in political contributions outside the 50 states this cycle, according to the Federal Election Commission records, and a campaign official told POLITICO that there could be even more U.S. bundlers from abroad before the November election.

Mitt Romney, meanwhile, had received just less than $144,000 in campaign contributions outside the 50 states, according to FEC records. Several supporters said he’s expected to attend a fundraiser in London when he travels there for the Olympics this summer.

The Romney campaign doesn’t publicly list its bundlers and did not respond to questions regarding his fundraising efforts abroad.

Last July, the former Massachusetts governor attended a $2,500-per-person fundraiser in London hosted by high-powered politicos like hedge fund manager Louis Bacon and New York Jets owner Woody Johnson. Dwight Poler, an executive with Bain Capital, the firm Romney previously worked for, and Raj Bhattacharyya, managing director at Deutsche Bank, also co-hosted the event.

Obama hasn’t attended the foreign fundraisers personally, but campaign and senior White House officials will continue to build up their frequent flier miles before Election Day.

“He has a world perspective that I think is important in today’s interconnected age to ensure the U.S. stays in the lead,” said Vicki Hansen, the Luxembourg-based international vice chairwoman for Democrats Abroad, an arm of the Democratic Party. “We can’t work in isolation or with blinkers on.”

Drinks and canapés were on the menu for an Obama campaign event June 11 in Zurich’s Old Town with former deputy White House Chief of Staff Mona Sutphen — suggested donation $500 per person, or a “special rate” of $150 for young professionals 30 and under.

“Mona is an extraordinarily accomplished and engaging woman, who will speak about her experience as one of the President’s closest and most trusted advisers, and share her insights into the current state of the re-election campaign,” according to a DNC invite posted on the Democrats Abroad site.

Valerie Jarrett’s senior aide, Michael Strautmanis, is scheduled to attend a July 4 fundraiser in Paris, according to a Paris Professionals for Obama Facebook page. Strautmanis is touted on the site as a “close personal friend of the President and First Lady, and currently Deputy Assistant and Counselor for Strategic Engagement to the Senior Advisor!”

“If you’re an American professional in Paris and you’d love to help Obama win in 2012, this might be your chance,” the Facebook post said.

Obama campaign manager Jim Messina was the main guest at fundraisers last October in Geneva and at the London home of American actress Gwyneth Paltrow and her husband Chris Martin, the lead singer of Coldplay. Obama opinion research director David Simas visited the famous House of Glass on Paris’ Left Bank for a cocktail reception in late March with suggested contributions of $500-$1,500. And Obama campaign attorney and former White House general counsel Bob Bauer attended a Geneva fundraiser with $100-$250 suggested donations and a $35,800 maximum contribution limit.

Democrats Abroad is also working to get Obama reelected with a voter registration drive that highlights the narrow victory margins — well within the number of overseas voters — for Democratic Sens. Al Franken, Mark Begich and Jon Tester. The group is on a 27-city, 13-country bus tour through mid-July to register voters, with stops in Rome, Barcelona and Berlin.

Americans living in Paris also hosted a Gershwin tribute concert earlier this month, and London-based ex-pats organized a “Baroque Obama” musical fundraiser in April.

Of course there are limits: Democrats Abroad considered holding a fundraiser last month in conjunction with the Cannes Film Festival but decided against it because of the negative optics.

Americans who can’t even vote in the general election also are filling Obama’s coffers.

Puerto Rico lawyer Andres Lopez has signed on to deliver more than $500,000 in campaign cash, for example.

Obama also is doing well in the U.S. Virgin Islands, where attorney Marjorie Roberts is a national finance committee member and bundler who has committed to raise $200,000-$500,000.

“I’d like to see President Obama succeed,” said Douglas Capdeville, an attorney and New Jersey native who has been living in the Virgin Islands since the 1950s. “We follow him. We are very proud of him. We truly believe he means very well. It’s just the acrimony in the Congress. He can’t get his programs and proposals passed.”

Capdeville wrote Obama a $2,500 check last September; he also gave $2,300 in 2008.

Virgin Island Democrats aren’t expecting Obama to make a trip this cycle; he did visit in 2007 during the Democratic primaries and again for vacation in 2008. But local organizers are hoping to get a surrogate visit timed with any stops in Puerto Rico. Locals who want an up-close look at Obama are also encouraged to make the two-hour flight to attend fundraisers when the president and his team are in South Florida or in East Coast cities.

Republicans Abroad Executive Director Cynthia Dillon said GOPers abroad are attuned to what’s happening in the states and they will be active, especially at the polls this fall. The group, which doesn’t raise money, is focused on registering voters abroad.

“I think Americans living overseas, everybody, is very concerned about where we are heading,” Dillon said. “It has a ripple effect. People are worried, even if they are there for a long time. They still have relatives here or they still send their kids to school [in the U.S.].”
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  • Mr. T 2012/06/23 18:10:18
    Mr. T
    +4
    England will give him the finger. France...who knows what these wackos would do. China might donate billions to keep a moron in office so they can continue raping America. And all of the feathers are falling off the donations from Kenya.

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  • XQNP 2012/07/14 05:42:08
    XQNP
    They're giving money to support the electable candidate they think will do the least damage. How is that hard to understand?
  • iamnothere XQNP 2012/07/14 11:34:29
    iamnothere
    +1
    least damage???> one only has to look at the economy .. he has done everything in his power to damage this country Jobs.. Jobs... what jobs.. lets kill the energy sector.. hundreds and hundreds of thousands of jobs gone because of his policies..

    Can you say shut off the water in the Central Valley?? NO JOBS there. and now we import more food from south america.

    Keep GM from going thru formal bankruptcy. 220000 jobs lost.. plus screwing the bond holders out of their savings.. you know like people who like you.. have 401k ...

    Those over seas.. giving money.. they have no vested interest.. they are not here.. and are working for multinationals who dont derive their income domestically..

    All in all they are just marxists
  • XQNP iamnothere 2012/07/15 06:30:23
    XQNP
    The global financial crises began in 2007, while the recession began in September 2008. Obama took office on January 20, 2009. Basically, you're blaming him for a financial crisis that began before he was even in charge. That's like saying Truman got us into WWII, or that Andrew Johnson led the nation through the civil war. Causes come before effects, so if you're going to point fingers, I'd suggest you look at the administration just before and during the beginning of the financial crisis.
  • iamnothere XQNP 2012/07/15 08:10:06
    iamnothere
    +1
    every administration has to deal with what came before.. How they choose to deal with it is always interesting to watch.. In this case pretty much everything that this current administration has done has been proven to exacerbate the economic problems. From killing jobs to killing jobs to doing what they can to kill jobs.. You do not continue to remove capital from the economy and then complain that it was the fault of the previous administration.. At some point you have to stop.

    Government never creates any real wealth.. it just sucks $$$$ out of the economy and redistributes it after it takes it share..

    How many jobs do you think have been produced in the coal industry in the last three plus years
    How many jobs do you think have been produced in the last three years at GM and Chrysler in the last three years
    How many jobs do you think have been produced in the Central Valley of California in the last three years
    How many jobs do you think have been produced in the last three years in the 30 plus years in the solar industry (all bankrupt on the US government choosing winners and losers)
    How many jobs do you think have been created in the steel industry or the heavy equipment industry with the blocking of the KeyStone pipeline?

    None of these can be blamed on Bush .. All on O...



    every administration has to deal with what came before.. How they choose to deal with it is always interesting to watch.. In this case pretty much everything that this current administration has done has been proven to exacerbate the economic problems. From killing jobs to killing jobs to doing what they can to kill jobs.. You do not continue to remove capital from the economy and then complain that it was the fault of the previous administration.. At some point you have to stop.

    Government never creates any real wealth.. it just sucks $$$$ out of the economy and redistributes it after it takes it share..

    How many jobs do you think have been produced in the coal industry in the last three plus years
    How many jobs do you think have been produced in the last three years at GM and Chrysler in the last three years
    How many jobs do you think have been produced in the Central Valley of California in the last three years
    How many jobs do you think have been produced in the last three years in the 30 plus years in the solar industry (all bankrupt on the US government choosing winners and losers)
    How many jobs do you think have been created in the steel industry or the heavy equipment industry with the blocking of the KeyStone pipeline?

    None of these can be blamed on Bush .. All on Obama .. your argument is typical of the progressives.. Blame blame blame but never take responsibilitya for your mistakes..

    Or how about this.. Suck up multi millions give total access to lobbyists who later you have to really distance yourself from.. because you have given them dispensation to pretty much do what they wanted .. then because of those actions.. we are seeing a real change in our weather patterns.. The slowing of the Atlantic conveyor.. this do to a little oil spill in the gulf.. Dumping all of those oil dispersants in the the water.. did have a dramatic effect upon the temperatures of the water in the gulf.

    If you think that nothing that Obama has done is without consequence.. talk to the hundreds who have died because of the heat wave that hit this summer.. yes you are right there is always a cause and the resulting effect.
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  • XQNP iamnothere 2012/07/15 09:10:37
    XQNP
    +1
    So basically, you blame Obama for not increasing the size of the coal industry (which pollutes the environment), the auto industry (which pollutes the environment), for postponing the Keystone pipeline decision (which would have, you guessed it, hurt the environment), for trying to promote solar energy (and thereby trying to minimize harm to the environment), and for caring about an oil spill (I think you know what it does by now), but you also, as your ultimate conclusion, blame him for environmental damage he may have caused helping the environment? Hypocrisy much?

    Obama isn't a very good president, to be sure, but that stems more from his various abuses of civil rights than his handling of the economic crisis.
  • iamnothere XQNP 2012/07/15 20:01:05
    iamnothere
    No I blame him for putting hundreds of thousands out of work

    I blame him for the politics of being anti conventional energy.. we have 1000s of existing pipelines in this country.. yours and his arguement on the pipeline is pure BS. and just gives Buffett more money.. to move the oil by rail where the chance for a derailment and spill are much more likely. Of course that oil likely will be sold to china at this point and the pipeline will get built across canada for jobs there..

    From what I can see.. when it comes to jobs and the economy.. Obama says to America F U
  • XQNP iamnothere 2012/07/16 06:06:16
    XQNP
    Conventional energy is unsustainable, as I'm sure you're aware.
  • iamnothere XQNP 2012/07/16 06:09:01
    iamnothere
    you are right we only have reserves in the USA of 300 years.. one would hope we can shift to other sustainable sources
  • XQNP iamnothere 2012/07/16 06:17:53
    XQNP
    I understand that the fate of people you'll never meet may not matter to you, but not all of us are like that. Besides, I plan on living at least that long.
  • iamnothere XQNP 2012/07/16 06:56:49
    iamnothere
    It matters.. how we take care of the planet. their is a giant floating island of debris in the pacific compliments of dumping and earthquakes in Japan.. Pollution from China killing the creatures of the sea.
    I am a very strong believer in conservation or resources .. If you dont use it you dont have to produce it..

    Home built of wood studs are temporary in nature.. and are very in efficient taking tons of fuels to heat or cool. Newer materials are out here.. and people are ignorant.. and dont have a clue one can build with products like Structural insulated panels get R values that will blow you away.. and cut the heat and cooling bills of a conventional home by 90%

    We have current technology to build a home that can easily sustain
    off grid using 1kw of power solar panels and use water obtained from the sky.

    We have horridly ineffiecient machines for chilling our food.. go look at those yellow tags on how much energy various refrigerators use.. I built my own and it runs for just around a single $ per month..

    I run a diesel because it does a much better job of getting me here to there.. burning the BTU much more efficiently.

    So please dont ASS ume that I am a wastral
  • XQNP iamnothere 2012/07/16 07:02:52
    XQNP
    +1
    Good, so we're in agreement. Now that we've reached this point, scroll up and look at my original comment. Notice both the words "they" and "electable." Obama's a terrible choice. It's just that everyone else is too.

    P.S. I apologize for insulting you. You've shown it wasn't perfectly accurate. I hope you'll return the favor.
  • iamnothere XQNP 2012/07/16 07:20:46
    iamnothere
    we have a problem in the country .. and I see no solutions.. we have a large group of people who do not vote because they know what the candidates stand for or for those already in.. there voting records which very often are 180 degrees from what they the voter believe personally. I honestly believe we need to repeal the 16th and 17th amendments getting rid of the way the government
    removes wealth from those who work.. and change back to how the senate is elected..

    That is part of why I have so often called for term limits.. and the outlawing of Lobbying.. that said.. Congress should only be in session 2 months of the year and let the representatives go home the rest of the year and talk to the people that they are supposed to be there for.. hence as a republic.. a REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY
  • XQNP iamnothere 2012/07/17 04:27:07
    XQNP
    But the concept of representative democracy is in itself broken. Its purpose in paper is to make sure only the intelligent acquire office, but intelligence isn't the only aspect people look for in a candidate. Ultimately, charisma, and even more importantly, money decide who people vote for. In this day and age, where pretty much all information is available to anyone with an internet connection, people are becoming more and more capable of making decisions for themselves. What if we tried direct democracy sometime?
  • iamnothere XQNP 2012/07/17 12:16:24
    iamnothere
    laughing.. as I read your comment Ultimately, charisma, and even more importantly, money decide who people vote for.

    Since Obama does not represent even those who voted for him.. and definitely those who would desire to not have their great grand kids paying for his profligate spending

    Direct democracy would not work.. why?? because the vast majority of citizens who could vote.. dont.. and many who do vote have no clue what that are voting for..

    Laughing.. we had a small group in congress who foisted ObamaTAX on the country .. and bet you would be hard pressed to find a single representive who actually read the bill, and they are paid to read the bills KNOW and UNDERSTAND
  • XQNP iamnothere 2012/07/17 14:40:38
    XQNP
    Exactly. People only voted for him because he appeared out of the electable candidates, the least potentially harmful. That brings us back the the original question, and the fact that it's not ridiculous at all that people want Obama (i.e. not his alternatives) in office.

    Direct democracy would cut down on the bureaucracy inherent in most legal systems, simply because people are unlikely to vote for a law they can't understand. And if, as you claim, representatives don't read the bills they vote on, what difference would it make?
  • iamnothere XQNP 2012/07/17 14:55:34
    iamnothere
    mc cain while being a rino is still more of an american in spirit and would have done much less harm than we have seen in the last three plus years
  • iamnothere XQNP 2012/07/17 14:59:21
    iamnothere
    since there would be no need for congress.. why would they need to exist.. in a direct democracy? Who would write the laws in a direct democracy? We would be having a voting ballot every day .. no one would have time to do anything but go read to see what that non existent law writing body is proposing.. and then going to vote ..

    Have a question.. I have only one example of a direct democracy.. it is called dictatorship.. one person gets to vote everyone else says yes..

    Can you site any other type of direct democracy anywhere in the world?? ANYWHERE??
  • XQNP iamnothere 2012/07/19 02:47:44
    XQNP
    Basic logistical difficulties are no reason to reject a belief system. And you can't say that there would be no need for a congress, and then turn around and specify just that need. Obviously some sort of elected committee would have to write the laws.

    Dictatorship is in no way direct democracy, as the popular opinion of the people is in no way required (granted, an unpopular dictator will fall to revolution, but this is a result of the instability of the form of government).

    Referrals, Initiatives, and Referendums are all forms of direct democracy, and appear in a majority of U.S. states.
  • iamnothere XQNP 2012/07/19 15:17:54
    iamnothere
    we in this country pretty much have a high voter turn out at 30% that is not exactly what one might desire to call real democracy..
  • XQNP iamnothere 2012/07/20 00:38:42
    XQNP
    +1
    Which is why, one way or another, things need to change.
  • Suzanne Herman 2012/06/24 01:09:18
    Suzanne Herman
    +2
    The Obama administration has done more to hurt expats than any other in the history of the US. Citizenship renunciations are at a record high, but of course there's no mention of this.
  • iamnothere Suzanne... 2012/06/24 10:43:57
    iamnothere
    which in large part is why I posted this.. I keep wondering about these people who continue to support this guy who is so bent upon destroying our country
  • Ken 2012/06/23 19:51:29
    Ken
    +1
    How can this be legal? Foreigners have no right to participate in our election process.
  • iamnothere Ken 2012/06/23 20:27:41
    iamnothere
    not really foreign.. expatriats
  • Ken iamnothere 2012/06/24 02:38:39
    Ken
    +1
    Not much difference.
  • Suzanne... Ken 2012/06/24 04:27:29
    Suzanne Herman
    +5
    Actually to call a US citizen who lives abroad an ex-patriot is a misnomer. Technically, one does not expatriate oneself until one renounces citizenship. But many use 'ex-patriot' interchangeably with 'non-resident US person', hence the confusion. US citizens living abroad are not e-patriots by the the word's definition, thus are most certainly entitled to vote and to make campaign donations, whether you think their vote 'skews' elections or not. Without the right to vote, a US citizen is faced with taxation without representation. It's surprising that Obama gets any contributions from expats considering how miserable he is making the lives of the majority of those living abroad.
  • Suzanne... Ken 2012/06/24 02:01:56
    Suzanne Herman
    +4
    are you referring to US citizens as foreigners? US citizens are taxed while abroad, are you suggesting that they should be taxed without representation?
  • Ken Suzanne... 2012/06/24 02:44:25
    Ken
    +1
    I'm refering to the donators who are foreign and skew our election process like the South Koreans used by the Clintons.
  • Suzanne... Ken 2012/06/24 02:06:51
    Suzanne Herman
    +2
    to add...being tax by the US while living abroad does not earn a citizen the right to vote, being a citizen does, regardless of where they live.
  • CuppaT Child of God 2012/06/23 19:08:31
    CuppaT   Child of God
    More RWNJ propaganda
  • iamnothere CuppaT ... 2012/06/23 20:27:21
    iamnothere
    nothing rw.. this has been reality ... expats are still citizens.. and the foiks who wrote this are "VERY" left leaning and Obama's pocket.. POLITICO .. is a LWNJ group.. get over it
  • iamnothere CuppaT ... 2012/06/23 20:29:17
    iamnothere
    one would think as the LWNJ that you apear to be you would have noticed the names of the folks who wrote this article shame shame shame.. LOL
  • Cognito22 2012/06/23 18:34:02 (edited)
    Cognito22
    +2
    And this is the President who protested anonymous campaign contributions because they might be from a foreign source?

    Every day reveals another flip-flop or hypocrisy from this man.

    I look forward to November.
  • JoeBtfsplk Cognito22 2012/06/23 18:36:33
    JoeBtfsplk
    +1
    evolving
  • TruBluTopaz 2012/06/23 18:33:53
    TruBluTopaz
    +1
    While Americans abroad can donate to a campaign, I thought the foreigners were expressly forbidden to do so for fear of undue outside influence. I thought that was why the Obama campaign refused to use AVS systems to verify credit card donations.
  • iamnothere TruBluT... 2012/06/23 20:31:31
    iamnothere
    +1
    they are except when they all donate under $200 and it is a mystery where the 500 million comes from. Now he is so hard up he is asking people for their birthday presents and wedding gifts
  • TruBluT... iamnothere 2012/06/24 02:13:26
    TruBluTopaz
    +1
    Watch for the touchyfeely story of the young kid who turns over all his piggy bank for the ideals of Obama. What sort of parent would let their kid do something like that.
  • Suzanne... TruBluT... 2012/06/24 04:37:05
    Suzanne Herman
    +4
    I read that in Puerto Rico is making donations, but that is the only example I can see of a jurisdiction that's not allowed to vote that is making donations. Other than that, I didn't read anywhere that there are foreigners making contributions. Please clarify.
  • TruBluT... Suzanne... 2012/06/24 17:55:50
    TruBluTopaz
    +1
    PR is allowed to vote. But last time around there were plenty of rumors that Saudi and other Middle East money involved both in the deflation of the market in the year before and directly bundled into those large group donations that liberals so love.
  • JoeBtfsplk 2012/06/23 18:24:53
    JoeBtfsplk
    +2
    Mabye Roman Polanski?



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