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Obama, WH officials visit more than 130 universities, schools in massive campaign for young voters

STEVE 2012/04/28 20:15:58
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President Obama, his immediate aides and his cabinet secretaries have used taxpayer dollars to woo young voters at more than 130 universities and schools between March 2011 and March 2012, according to a survey of news reports and press releases reviewed by The Daily Caller.

Obama won 66 percent of the youth vote in 2008, while Republican Sen. John McCain got only 32 percent. Since then, youth enthusiasm for Obama has declined, partly because of high unemployment: More than 50 percent of recent college graduates are unemployed or underemployed.

Less than 35 percent of the 18- to 29-year-old cohort say they’re likely to vote in 2012, according to an April 26 report by Gallup, which also showed Obama leading Romney in that age group by a 64-29 margin.

Roughly one-third of the visits were to swing states, including Virginia, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Ohio, Colorado and Florida.

The number of swing-state visits was matched by visits to universities and schools in blue states, including California, New York, Maryland and Massachusetts. Still, many students in blue-state universities can vote in other states.

Obama personally visited 27 colleges and high schools while trying to boost support and enthusiasm among younger voters. He used Air Force One to visit three more universities this week, spurring charges that he’s using taxpayer-funded flights to subsidize his 2012 campaign.

The first lady, Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill visited another 26 education centers during the year. Top Obama aide Valerie Jarrett visited seven centers, and his cabinet secretaries flew or drove to 73 more.



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  • ὤTṻnde΄ӂ 2012/04/28 21:38:24
    OH YES HE CAN!
    ὤTṻnde΄ӂ
    Blah, blah, blah George W. Bush did it in 2004. Back in 2004, CNN reported that, “On June 16, 2004, CNN reported, “President Bush is using Air Force One for re-election travel more heavily than any predecessor, wringing maximum political mileage from a perk of office paid for by taxpayers. While John Kerry digs into his campaign bank account to charter a plane to roam the country, Bush often travels at no cost to his campaign simply by declaring a trip ‘official’ travel rather than ‘political.’ Even when the White House deems a trip as political, the cost to Bush’s campaign is minimal. In such instances, the campaign must only pay the government the equivalent of a comparable first-class fare for passengers. It’s a minuscule sum, compared to the $56,800-per-hour it costs to run Air Force One.” [This was 2004, now Air Force One costs $179,750 an hour to operate, according to the latest Pentagon calculations, meaning that expenses for presidential travel mount quickly. http://fwd4.me/0zRr

    Every recent president has faced finger-pointing over taxpayer-subsidized travel.
  • STEVE ὤTṻnde΄ӂ 2012/04/28 21:43:04
    STEVE
    NOT TO THIS EXTENT, AND IT IS THE NON-ENDING PLAYING ONE GROUP AGAINST ANOTHER
  • ὤTṻnde΄ӂ STEVE 2012/04/28 21:47:39
    ὤTṻnde΄ӂ
    THE ONLY REASON HE'S HAD TO DO MORE THAN BUSH IS BECAUSE BUSH DIDN'T HAVE TO FIGHT THE OPPOSING SUPER PACS. PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS TO FIGHT AGAINST THE ANONYMOUS MONEY. AT THIS POINT, PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS REPAID THE GOVERNMENT 1.5 MILLION. IN 2004, BUSH HAD PAID BACK 1.3 MILLION. I WISH PRESIDENT OBAMA WOULD DOUBLE HIS CAMPAIGNING ESPECIALLY WHEN WILLARD IS HOLD SECRET MEETINGS AT A FRIEND'S HOME WHO IS A WALL STREET BILLIONAIRE.
  • SneakyPete 2012/04/28 20:35:46
    THIS IS USING TAX DOLLARS TO CAMPAIGN
    SneakyPete
    The use of TAX PAYERS DOLLARS to campaign, has been going on, since 20 January 2009.
  • STEVE SneakyPete 2012/04/28 20:37:20
    STEVE
    THIS GUY HAS NO SHAME
  • ὤTṻnde΄ӂ STEVE 2012/04/28 21:44:29
    ὤTṻnde΄ӂ
    Is it because Obama is black, because in 2004, Bush had used AF1 more than any previous predecessor for campaigning and didn't pay back as much as President Obama is paying now. EVERY PRESIDENT HAS USED AF1 FOR CAMPAIGNING.
  • ὤTṻnde΄ӂ SneakyPete 2012/04/28 21:42:13
    ὤTṻnde΄ӂ
    Guess what Einstein, Bush in 2004 had used AF! more than any predecessor for campaigning. It's been going on a lot longer than 2009.
    "Despite the high costs to taxpayers, "these White Houses aren't doing anything wrong," says Brendan Doherty, an assistant professor at the U.S. Naval Academy who's written a forthcoming book on presidential campaigning."

    "David Mason, a former FEC chairman, said the new rules — linking reimbursement amounts to charter air rates rather than commercial airfare — require the Obama campaign to pay significantly more than it would have under the old rules." A lot more than Bush.

    "When President George W. Bush was running for re-election in 2004, his campaign and the Republican Party reimbursed the White House more than $1.3 million for "airlift operations," an Associated Press review of federal data shows. Those include itemized expenses for "in-flight services," like food and catering, and the president's helicopter, Marine One.

    With the 2012 general election more than six months away, Obama already has exceeded that amount. Since late 2010, a separate Democratic Party "travel offset" account has paid roughly $1.5 million for similar expenses, according to FEC reports. And there can be considerable lag time between when political travel occurs and whe...
    Guess what Einstein, Bush in 2004 had used AF! more than any predecessor for campaigning. It's been going on a lot longer than 2009.
    "Despite the high costs to taxpayers, "these White Houses aren't doing anything wrong," says Brendan Doherty, an assistant professor at the U.S. Naval Academy who's written a forthcoming book on presidential campaigning."

    "David Mason, a former FEC chairman, said the new rules — linking reimbursement amounts to charter air rates rather than commercial airfare — require the Obama campaign to pay significantly more than it would have under the old rules." A lot more than Bush.

    "When President George W. Bush was running for re-election in 2004, his campaign and the Republican Party reimbursed the White House more than $1.3 million for "airlift operations," an Associated Press review of federal data shows. Those include itemized expenses for "in-flight services," like food and catering, and the president's helicopter, Marine One.

    With the 2012 general election more than six months away, Obama already has exceeded that amount. Since late 2010, a separate Democratic Party "travel offset" account has paid roughly $1.5 million for similar expenses, according to FEC reports. And there can be considerable lag time between when political travel occurs and when reimbursements show up in campaign filings, so more payments are sure to be in the pipeline."
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  • STEVE ὤTṻnde΄ӂ 2012/04/28 21:50:29
    STEVE
    130 UNIVERSITIES...AT TAX PAYERS EXPENSE, AND OPENLY CAMPAIGNING, CALLING OUT THE GOP...I SEE THE TERM "REIMBURSED" IN YOUR ABOVE OFFERING, I WOULD SAY LET OBAMA DO THE SAME...EVERY TRIP HE IS OUT KNOCKING THE GOP AND FUNDRAISING...THANK GOD WE WILL NOT HAVE TO PUT UP WITH HIM AFTER NOVEMBER YES 2012 THAT NOVEMBER WHITEHOUSE MOVING

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