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Are you feeling poor, unwanted, unable to compete?  Do you feel like your voice is not longer important within the GOP.  Well, we aren’t alone.  I have news for you, they want our vote, then like good like serfs, we are to be sent back to do what we are told.  We are to vote for whom the RNC and the billionaire pimps proclaim their candidate of the hour.  Once upon a time the GOP stood for Grand Old Party.  Now it stands for Got Our Prostitutes.

“…During the primaries, the Republican sugar daddies fanned out to support various contenders, gladly bestowing tens of millions in mad money on the vainglorious crusades of Newt, the Herminator, and the two Ricks. But today these donors are starting to coalesce around Mitt. In retrospect, Romney, a one-percenter incarnate, is their natural candidate. And, for all intents and political purposes, they will own him if he makes it to the White House. The Center for Responsive Politics has calculated that just 10 percent of Romney’s donors for 2012 have been from among the hoi polloi (those contributing $200 or less)—compared with 52 percent for Santorum, 48 percent for Gingrich, and 45 percent for Obama. The only Americans fired up and ready to go for Mitt are those who can and will give to the max, all keenly mindful of the dividends certain to accrue to them in a Romney administration….”

Obama has a hundred million dollar war chest.  Romney has a tenth of that amount. The GOP must put up with Karl Rove and his pacman money grubbing machine that is basically aimed at taking out any Republican who might disagree with Rommey.

“…Earlier Friday, Romney announced he had raised $12.6 million in primary funds in March, bringing the total amount of primary funds raised by the Republican candidate over the past year to $87 million.

Romney’s campaign noted they have $10.1 million cash on hand, and that the former Massachusetts governor, who has an estimated net worth of $190 million, had not made any personal loans to his campaign…”

I don’t know about you, but The Pink Flamingo would like to know what is up with the fund raising, and rather fascinating talk that Obama is losing big investors, and isn’t raising all that much money.  We’re being told that the Dems are jumping ship, leaving Obama, but you just don’t know.  It could be trash-talk, hype from Drudge, who is playing it up, or it could be factual.

NOTE TO DRUDGE:  When it comes to North Carolina, trust The Pink Flamingo, it is NOT about Obama but a sex scandal that threatens to bring down the Dems there in the state.  There are a couple Dems who are switching parties, there, but it is local, not Obama. Then there is the Elizabeth Warren battle in Boston.  Let’s also be honest here.  Scott Brown is well liked, Warren is an odd cold fish.

Romney has a very serious problem.  He cannot attract small donors.  Most people plan to vote and support someone to whom they make a donation.

“...Mr. Romney, the likely Republican nominee, ended March with just $10 million in cash on hand, according to campaign reports filed Friday with the Federal Election Commission, and has raised about $87 million during the Republican primary season. His aides are hoping to raise a total of $800 million for the fall elections in combination with the Republican National Committee, which last week finalized a joint fund-raising agreement with Mr. Romney. The committee ended March with $23.4 million in cash on hand.

But Mr. Romney is also expecting significant support from Republican super PACs and other outside groups. On Friday, officials at American Crossroads, the leading conservative super PAC, reported that they had raised close to $100 million so far this year for the group and an affiliated organization, Crossroads GPS. Crossroads alone is aiming to raise as much as $300 million this year, while other conservative groups, like Americans for Prosperity, have aimed at raising close to $200 million.

The super PAC backing Mr. Romney in the Republican primary, Restore Our Future, has raised $51.9 million, and plans to raise twice that by November.

By contrast, the network of Democratic super PACs has raised far less. Democratic groups with close ties to the party’s Congressional leaders have raised about $18 million so far during the 2012 cycle. Priorities USA Action, founded by former Obama aides as a counterweight to Crossroads, raised about $9 million through the end of March.

To remain competitive, the Obama campaign has spent millions of dollars on high-tech, small-dollar prospecting. They have used sophisticated data mining techniques and low-dollar promotions — like $3-a-head raffles for dinner with the president — to reassemble the network of millions of supporters whose contributions helped propel him into the White House…”

Politico

“...Democrats, in particular, can’t afford to wait. While the party has been successful in keeping pace in fundraising with the National Republican Congressional Committee — the DCCC outraised the House GOP campaign arm last year despite being in the minority — the NRCC heads into the final seven months of the campaign with $4 million more cash on hand.

According to the latest Federal Election Commission figures, the NRCC had $27.1 million cash on hand through the end of March, compared with $22.8 million for the Democrats.

Democrats say the purchase by the DCCC’s independent expenditure arm is just a first investment — money can be moved or added later. Still, there is a sense of urgency to their efforts, driven by the uphill climb confronting the party, particularly in the wake of a redistricting round that solidified the GOP majority….”

TPM

“...With big checks no longer flowing as quickly into his campaign, Mr. Obama is leaning harder on his grass-roots supporters, whose small contributions make up well over half of the money he raised through the end of March, according to reports filed Friday with the Federal Election Commission. And Mr. Obama is asking far more of those large donors still giving, exploiting his joint fund-raising arrangement with the Democratic National Committee to collect five-figure checks from individuals who have already given the maximum $5,000 contribution to his re-election campaign.

“They clearly are feeling the pressure,” said one major Obama fund-raiser, who asked for anonymity to characterize his conversations with campaign officials. “They’re behind where they expected to be. You have to factor in $500 million-plus in Republican super PAC money.”

With no primary to excite his base, the economy struggling to rebound, and four years of political battles with Wall Street and other industries taking their toll, Mr. Obama’s campaign raised about $196 million through March, compared with $235 million at the same point in 2008. It has lagged behind its own internal quotas in some cities, according to people involved with the fund-raising efforts. But that has been offset by a highly successful joint fund-raising program with the national committee, which raised about $150 million, twice as much as in 2008….”

TPM

The GOP has a serious problem with Karl Rove and his super pac.  He has so much money, he’s now in full control.  Cross him and you lose – big time.

Politico

Democrats for Sale has an interesting little bit of detail on our latest GOP nominee presumptive.

Democrats for Sale

“…Sugar daddies—whom I’ll define here as private donors or their privately held companies writing checks totaling $1 million or more (sometimes much more) in this election cycle—are largely a Republican phenomenon, most of them one degree of separation from Karl Rove and his unofficial partners in erecting a moneyed shadow GOP, David and Charles Koch. At last look, there were 25 known sugar daddies on the right (or more, if you want to count separately the spouses and children who pitch in). You’ve likely heard of Sheldon Adelson, the Vegas tycoon who is Benjamin Netanyahu’s unofficial ambassador to the GOP. But you may be less familiar with Irving Moskowitz, the bingo entrepreneur who funnels his profits into East Jerusalem settlements. Or Robert Mercer, the hedge-fund master of “flash trading” who poured a clandestine $1 million into ads attacking the “ground-zero mosque” and nearly another $3 million into a scale-model railroad in his Long Island mansion. Or Steven Lund, the co-founder of Nu Skin, which became “direct selling” sponsor of the Romney-run 2002 Winter Olympics after having spent much of the nineties settling complaints over false advertising and other unscrupulous practices with the Federal Trade Commission and six different states’ attorneys general….”

The real story is that Mitt Romney has been trying to screw money from the RNC into his campaign.  Right now, if what is happening continues, we could lose the House.  How’s that for Mr. Inevitable?  If it is possible that Obama is going to take Arizona, we’re in very deep you know what.  We’ve lost.

The Hill

If Obama takes Arizona in November, I think those cautionary tales of a pending blood-bath within the elite ranks of the GOP and the Romney adoring punditry will be prophetic.  If Obama takes Arizona in November, we’ve lost the House.  We lose the House and we lose – period.   We lose and people like Ann Coulter had best wear paper bags over their heads as they flee Washington.

We are so screwed.

 

 

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