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Military Shift Campaign Donations From Ron Paul To Obama In March

ProudProgressive 2012/04/25 16:19:05

One of the more tiresome of the Right Wing talking points is the claim, without any evidence, of course, that the Military doesn't like President Obama and is much more supportive of Republican candidates, despite the fact that President Obama outpaced honored war veteran and former POW John McCain in 2008 military contributions, and it seems like he's already on his way to an even better showing against Mitt Romney. It's true that there are a few extremists even in our military who buy into the Obama Hate (people like Lt.Col. Terrence Larkin, who was conned into being the fall guy for yet another frivolous birther lawsuit, or Sgt. Gary Stein, who publicly called the Commander in Chief "the enemy"), and of course, there's no shortage around this site of people, even some who claim to be veterans, who believe that a soldier in the field has the right to pick and choose which orders he's going to follow and if he thinks the order is "illegal" (i.e., issued by an "ineligible" Commander in Chief) he can simply ignore it. Fortunately these are rare exceptions to the bravery and patriotism the other 99% of our brave soldiers show each and every day.

Article excerpt follows:

Military Shift Campaign Donations From Ron Paul To Obama In March
By Ben Armbruster
Apr 25, 2012

The Army Times reported in February that anti-war GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul (R-TX) was at that time, “by far,” getting the most in campaign contributions from members of the United States military. According to a review of Federal Election Commission data, Paul received nearly $250,000 in donations from servicemembers, President Obama, $130,000 and GOP presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney just $23,000.

But now that Paul’s campaign is all but over and presumably, Romney will be the Republican nominee, the military’s donation trend is beginning to shift: away from Paul and toward Obama, the Open Secrets blog reports:

[I]n March, it was Obama that scooped up the most support from the armed forces — about twice as much as Paul, in fact. Romney remains an also-ran when it comes to backing from the military.

Overall, Paul retains the lead. Analysis of OpenSecrets.org data shows that so far in this election cycle, members of the military who donated more than $200 have given Paul’s campaign about $333,134, versus $184,505 to Obama and just $45,738 to Romney.

But in March, Obama and Paul switched places. Members of the military sent $36,448 to Obama and just $17,733 to Paul. Even though Romney solidified his position as the presumptive Republican nominee, military donations to his campaign remained anemic — only $8,630.

Open Secrets charts the donations for March:

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The 2012 trend in military donations to presidential candidates mirrors 2008. Early on in the race, both Paul and Obama led Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and other pro-war candidates in campaign contributions from U.S. servicemembers and by the time the Texas congressman exited the race, Obama maintained his lead in military donations over McCain.

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  • bob 2012/04/25 16:36:04
    bob
    +7
    The enlisted men know that Romney cares little for them and that he is a chickenhawk willing to take us into war like Bush

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  • Lady Whitewolf 2012/04/25 19:36:46
    Lady Whitewolf
    GOOD!
  • Paul 2012/04/25 18:35:26
    Paul
    +2
    Plans for strengthening our military seems to be in the plan Romney has outlined, and strong influence from men like McCain that have made it clear war with Iran should happen, Republicans will make war happen with Iran, an expensive war that our country doesn't need.
    I know there are different opinions on that, but my opinion is to support the candidate that will at least try to steer away from that war, Romney and the Republicans are not it.
  • Lady Wh... Paul 2012/04/25 19:37:18
    Lady Whitewolf
    well said!
  • S and S 2012/04/25 18:11:10
  • ProudPr... S and S 2012/04/25 18:43:53
    ProudProgressive
    +1
    I'm not sure how this is "manipulation". It reports that Paul has outdrawn the President overall, and that both Paul and the President are receiving more military donations than Romney.

    And no, the two parties barely the same species.
  • Paul S and S 2012/04/25 19:02:39
    Paul
    +1
    Republican base didn't want Ron Paul either, I believe Ron Paul and others like him scare the republicans. The two big parties have distinct difference, Republicans will direct power to the most wealthy of our country, Democrats will try and give as much power to the majority working class through government. Both plans are flawed dividing this Nation, and why much needed balance needs to exist.
  • Lady Wh... Paul 2012/04/25 19:37:52
    Lady Whitewolf
    true
  • S and S Paul 2012/04/25 20:50:15
  • Pat 2012/04/25 17:33:32
    Pat
    +1
    Well, I guess that's a good sign. No one, even the military, wants to go to war again right away against anyone including Iran.
  • ProudPr... Pat 2012/04/25 18:45:19
    ProudProgressive
    +4
    I believe our military forces are ready and willing to go to war if we need to do so to keep this nation safe, but I think they're coming to see that President Obama's view of what "need" means in this context is far wiser and better for the nation than what Romney's definition would be.
  • carolynb 2012/04/25 16:59:23
    carolynb
    +3
    They know that if Romney is elected, chances are good that they will be headed into another war and this time with Iran.
  • Lady Wh... carolynb 2012/04/25 19:38:17
    Lady Whitewolf
    +1
    true that!
  • LindaM 2012/04/25 16:36:36
    LindaM
    +2
    YES YES YES...
  • bob 2012/04/25 16:36:04
    bob
    +7
    The enlisted men know that Romney cares little for them and that he is a chickenhawk willing to take us into war like Bush
  • keymanjim 2012/04/25 16:27:59
    keymanjim
    Yeah, and gas prices are dropping too.

    roflmao gif
  • Zuggi keymanjim 2012/04/25 16:37:31
    Zuggi
    +2
    I guess you don't like facts, eh?
  • keymanjim Zuggi 2012/04/25 16:39:20
    keymanjim
    I will when I see them.
  • Zuggi keymanjim 2012/04/25 22:33:56
    Zuggi
    Which part of the numbers given is not factual?
  • Sinpac keymanjim 2012/04/25 16:59:40
    Sinpac
    +2
    They are! In Indiana we have dropped 30 cents a gallon
  • keymanjim Sinpac 2012/04/25 17:13:13
    keymanjim
    WOW! A whole 30 cents?
    That means you can afford a gumball and get change back.
  • Sinpac keymanjim 2012/04/25 17:28:10 (edited)
    Sinpac
    +2
    30 cents x 36 gallon tank = $10.80
  • Paul Sinpac 2012/04/25 18:26:00
    Paul
    +3
    funny how simple math can elude some people sometimes if it is conveneint for argument.
  • keymanjim Sinpac 2012/04/25 20:40:36
    keymanjim
    You're up to a pack of cigarettes.
  • Sinpac keymanjim 2012/04/25 21:02:52
    Sinpac
    2 packs if I smoked
  • keymanjim Sinpac 2012/04/25 21:04:04
    keymanjim
    1-1/2 here.
  • Sinpac keymanjim 2012/04/25 17:31:15
    Sinpac
    +2
    that's $43.80 a month
  • ProudPr... keymanjim 2012/04/25 18:49:47
    ProudProgressive
    +1
    They are.

    "Gasoline prices continue falling nationwide
    The U.S. average falls 5.2 cents to $3.87 a gallon, the first time it's been below its year-earlier price since October 2009. California's average drops 3.2 cents to $4.20 a gallon."

    http://www.latimes.com/busine...
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com...
    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-5...
    http://articles.cnn.com/2012-...
    http://www.walb.com/story/174...
  • keymanjim ProudPr... 2012/04/25 20:44:09
    keymanjim
    I remember when it was below $2.
    Back before obozo took over.
  • A Lionh... keymanjim 2012/04/26 05:37:32
    A Lionheart
    Bull crap. it hit 4 dollars under Bush.
  • keymanjim A Lionh... 2012/04/26 05:39:41
    keymanjim
    Shortly after the democrats took over congress.
  • A Lionh... keymanjim 2012/04/26 06:04:19
    A Lionheart
    blah, blah hater.
  • keymanjim A Lionh... 2012/04/26 06:19:14
    keymanjim
    Is that all you have?
  • A Lionh... keymanjim 2012/04/26 18:20:48
    A Lionheart
    It's all I need.
  • A Lionh... keymanjim 2012/04/26 05:36:07
    A Lionheart
    yeah, it's all about the gas prices, ya moron.
  • keymanjim A Lionh... 2012/04/26 05:41:17
    keymanjim
    Well, until they invent matter to energy transporters, we still rely on petroleum fuels to get our good to market.
    As such, the price of gas effects everything.
  • A Lionh... keymanjim 2012/04/26 06:05:09
    A Lionheart
    Whatever.
  • keymanjim A Lionh... 2012/04/26 06:20:20
    keymanjim
    You could have said that with out posting.
    What is this? The second string?

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