This September President Barack Obama’s campaign raised $181 million in campaign donations, making September a record month for the campaign. The vast majority of donations (98 percent) were $250 or less, with the average being only $53. There were almost two million donations.
That marks Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign as a true grassroots campaign, with a great deal of the money donated coming from average citizens. Apparently Barack Obama is a candidate of the people.
Digressing from September’s campaign stats, the list of corporate and organizational donors for each candidate are stark opposites (this is not a complete list; these are excerpted to show the differences):
University of California, Microsoft, Google, Harvard University, US Gov., Stanford University, Time Warner, University of Chicago, IBM, US Dept of State, National Amusements Inc., and the University of MichiGoldman Sachs $891,140
Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse Group, Citigroup Inc., HIG Capital, Blackstone Group, UBS AG, Elliott Management, Bain Capital, EMC Corp, General Electric, Ernst & Young, and Sullivan & Cromwell.
One represents people, and the other represents…well, until we get rid of Citizens United, “people” as well. As the popular memes say, however, I’ll believe corporations are people when they are jailed or Texas kills one. The argument could be made, of course, that Mitt himself is a corporation — he shows all the emotional response of one. All of these companies are, in effect, vouching for Romney as an excellent administrator. The question is this: do we want or need a CEO in office? I want a president, not a CEO.
Apparently two million Obama donors across America agree.