No Inflation? In 1996 Slick Willie Raised $42.5 Million In Campaign Receipts; In 2011 Obama Plans To Raise $1 Billion

Tyler Durden's picture

A curious factoid: back in 1996, Bill Clinton rasied a total of $42.5 million in campaign receipts. In 2011, Barack Obama is expected to raise up to $1 billion to run his reelection campaign. A nearly 25-fold increase. Ironically, the 15 year CAGR on the price for the presidency follows the price of silver almost tick for tick. Coincidence?

From the Federal Election Commision:


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ThisIsBob's picture

I'd rather have the billion.

TruthInSunshine's picture
Obama's Big Sellout


Dec 10, 2009 ... Obama's Big Sellout. The president has packed his economic team with Wall Street insiders. by Matt Taibbi

VisualCSharp's picture

To believe that Obama "sold out," one would have to believe what he was originally promising. I certainly wasn't in that crowd.

covert's picture

campaign finance through stagflation! with the help of acorn it will work!


Doubleguns's picture

Maybe now we know where the US silver bullion at the treasury went. Past Presidential elections.

Confused's picture

A billion? What the fuck is going on. 

High Plains Drifter's picture

I heard that and I couldn't believe the figure.  So the presidency is for sale to the highest bidders?  So, who is there among us that has that kind of money? Hmmm? 

Confused's picture

Staggering. Really. They grow more bold by the day. 

High Plains Drifter's picture

Yep, its in your face and they don't care what we think. They laugh at us like the fools that we are. They allow us this facade called democracy and voting and they allow it to continue because at this time ,it serves their purposes. They don't give on hoot about any of us and never have. The people who get "elected" to office for the most part, go along just to get along. They know full well what is going on. Even if they don't know when they first hit Washington, after getting elected , they quickly are read the rules of the game and if they refuse to follow the script then someone else takes their place. If they get to be a bit of a problem then they get smoked like Traficant. Everyone in Washington knows where the power lays, but the stupid American people keep doing the same thing over and over. What is the old saying?  The definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. We have done this for a very long time. It is time for a real change and that real change will only come after some serious actions on our part, actions that the American people , at least at this time, are unwilling to even consider, even though such actions , are part of our heritage. We look around the world and we see rebellions breaking out all over the place and we say, how uncivilized they are, but in reality, it was us, yes our forefathers who practically invented such things, yet in the sands of time and history, we have forgotten our roots and so now we are ship cast adrift in a sea filled with enemies both foreign and domestic and nobody cares and nobody notices. How I long for the time when there was clarity and there was no such thing as the color gray.......

Shylockracy's picture

Voting is the opium of the slaves.

wandstrasse's picture

got to think about that clarity thing you mentioned. Do you think things were clearer once upon a time? could be...

gordengeko's picture

Justices, 5-4, Reject Corporate Spending Limit

This is what is going on.  Brought to you by your supreme judical system which is bought and paid for by those same very same people(for lack of a better word) that own everything else on this planet.  Yes, 1 billion is guaranteed for the one they call Obama, good luck Ron Paul you are our only hope.

High Plains Drifter's picture

Yes they wear the black robes of the supreme court, yet they do not care one bit about the people and the document they sware to follow. There are no courts in this land anymore and there is no representatation anymore. Yet we continue to play this game of pretend and believe that there is, when there isn't. We call ourselves free, when  we aren't. The gallows should be working now non stop for the traitors in this country are thick as fleas......

G. Marx's picture


If the US government hadn't bestowed upon itself great powers over the nation, especially the economy, who would give politicians dime one? Whiners like you obviously miss the source of the problem and by extension show contempt for free speech (in all probability due to a heavily flawed ideology, if not philosophy). Remove the economic power the politicians have given themselves and watch contributions fall, and fall dramatically. After all, what would the wealthy and powerful then be buying?

gordengeko's picture

lol, "The 5-to-4 decision was a vindication, the majority said, of the First Amendment’s most basic free speech principle — that the government has no business regulating political speech." 

If this is what you believe is the reason for this ruling or that it has anything at all to do with "free speech", I will refrain from further discussing anything else with you.  Good day

TruthInSunshine's picture

Clarence Thomas was in house legal counsel to Monsanto, also.

Take all of the crimes against Americans in, inhaling deeply, and it's no wonder that we're in the sorry ass situation we are.

'Hope & Change' will truly only happen when average people realize that they, acting in concert with other average people, are more powerful than standing armies, when they're motivated sufficiently to simply say "enough."

High Plains Drifter's picture

in house council for monsanto? huh?  that doesn't surprise me.  i was talking the other day to a neighbor and they were telling me about another neighbor not far from me who i never knew, who had been a vietnam vet and had died and i didn't know it. anyway he said that it was caused by agent orange and we started talking about how many vietnam vets have died as a direct result of exposure to this crap. then he told me who manufactured it. monsanto and duponte. isn't that special?  people in this country are so stupid to allow this garbage to continue on and on unabated.

TruthInSunshine's picture

This is an older data point from a still very active and excellent website.

  • Prior to being the Supreme Court Judge who put GW Bush in office,Clarence Thomas was Monsanto's lawyer.

  •  Former  U.S. Secretary of Agriculture (Anne Veneman) was on the Board of Directors of Monsanto's Calgene Corporation.
  • Former Secretary of Defense (Donald Rumsfeld) was on the Board of Directors of Monsanto's Searle pharmaceuticals.
  • Former U.S. Secretary of Health, Tommy Thompson, received $50,000 in donations from Monsanto during his winning campaign for Wisconsin's governor.
  • The two congressmen receiving the most donations from Monsanto during the last election were Larry Combest (Chairman of the House Agricultural Committee) and Attorney General John Ashcroft. (Source: Dairy Education Board)
gordengeko's picture

Rumsfield - GD Searle - Aspartame - dumb downed populous

No conspiracy to see here folks, move along and get that voter card ready for obama and the change (of the human species).

Amish Hacker's picture

Don't forget Rumsfeld - Gilead - Tamiflu - dumbed-down populace.

Amish Hacker's picture

Nice link, and let's complete the circle. Michael Taylor, the Monsanto lawyer that Bill Clinton appointed to FDA, (leading to FDA approval of Monsanto's rBGH) was just given a job at the USDA by---wait for it--- Pres. Obama.

This is being sold as "change we can believe in."

JW n FL's picture
by gordengeko
on Mon, 04/04/2011 - 10:46


Rumsfield - GD Searle - Aspartame - dumb downed populous

No conspiracy to see here folks, move along and get that voter card ready for obama and the change (of the human species).


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gordengeko's picture

No problem JW, it's just a shame more out there don't fully comprehend the magnitude of the power bio-company Monsanto.  This company is by far the most evil and insidious company on the planet.  They own everything food and their goal is simple, the destruction/transformation of the human race.  Much more dangerous than GS, JPM or that Red Shield over in Europe.

God bless and God speed to you as well. 

gordengeko's picture

Kevin O'leary even said it on the last episode of shark tank.  "I have the phone numbers to the FIVE people that control this planet."  The only ones that are ignorant are the middle and lower class that buy into the garbage the media spews.  BTW shark tank is an excellent show, shows you the mindset of the elite, all about the money.  They can steal the ideas of the low income ignorant schmucks for pennies. 

G. Marx's picture


So you really have no position from which to argue and use your responce to skip over my main point? Bravo, another example of deep thinking from the authoritarian left.

gordengeko's picture

I'm not an authoritarian left, right or anything political.  Dumb down your question for me and I'll answer it.  We are obviously on two different frequencies here.

duo's picture

GE+SEIU+UAW+Phama = $1B

I'm doing my part.  No GE anything, no cars built by UAW workers, no drugs except asprin/ibuprofen and I live in a non-union state.

earnyermoney's picture

You left off FIRE. You need FIRE to reach 1 Billion.

Papasmurf's picture

The best government money can buy.

LawsofPhysics's picture

Perhaps we are getting at the root of the problem.  Ending lobbying might go a long way towards reconnecting the people with their government too.

HamyWanger's picture

Another excuse for libertarian bigot conspiracists to tell that Obama is funded by Rothschild, JP Morgan or the "zionistas"... 

High Plains Drifter's picture

Instead of attempting to agitate, why don't you add to the discourse? Is that all you got?

101 years and counting's picture

Buying a president is now just a cost of business for many TBTF companies....around the globe.


SheepDog-One's picture

I dont get why they care, they could put anyone in there to do whatever, and who's going to challenge them anyway? No one in this country certainly.

High Plains Drifter's picture

It finally came to me why so many people are hating on Barack Obama.

He ain't white, he ain't rich and he ain't priviledged......

I am sick of negros who just don't get it...

LowProfile's picture

Mmm...  Two out of three ain't bad.

SilverFiend's picture

While he is not among the super rich I would contend that a large majority of Americans would classify Obama as being rich with assets between 2.2 and 7.6 million.

trav7777's picture

huh?  we have an entire MONTH devoted to celebrating black people for things they didn't really do.  An entire entertainment industry dedicated to propagating images of them that aren't representative, and a news media that won't disclose the race of a criminal if they happen to be black (speak no evil).

And Obama is rich as are you talking about?

SheepDog-One's picture

Need ideas on other good countries to live in, hows Guatemala I heard its nice. Get a grass hut and forget all this utter insanity.

Captcha- 4x34= 136. 'Captcha answer can not be over 2 digits and is currently 3' someone let me out of here!

Vagabond's picture

Guatemala is beautiful and the people are nice, it's a good choice.  Belize is nice too and native language is English.  There is more crime there however.  Uruguay is another good country to look at.

earnyermoney's picture

I've wondered about Uruguay with it's close proximity to Brazil and Argentina. Any suggestions on where to visit if you were planning a vacation?

barkster's picture

Half of Uruguay's 3.5 mln population lives in Montevideo. For a first visit, I would suggest staying in the Pocitos neighborhood. Be sure to take a side trip to Punta del Este. You can fly to MVD or you can take a ferry from Buenos Aires if you are doing a bigger tour. (hope you like beef)

Dollar Damocles's picture

I'm in Montevideo right now taking spanish classes.  I have to say that it is a great city, the weather is fantastic and it is relatively clean.  Tree lined streets, beautiful architecture, beautiful women.  A few negatives IMO are the lack of mountains, and the lack of variety of the food.  I'm not a big fan of italian, and basically they have pasta here or steaks and french fries...  Also, it is most definitely not cheap here.  The average cost of a meal is 200-300 pesos (10-15 US dollars) and books are rediculously expensive.  Love montevideo, but am definitely going to keep on exploring before I pick a place to settle down in.

hardcleareye's picture

LOL  yeah it's done that to me too, put a neg sign in there and it gets even more entertaining!

bigking12345's picture

gee, wonder why the media loves him?