Democrats show their penchant for economic inefficiency in — wait for it — their fund-raising emails

Democrats say they’re worried about Mitt Romney’s fund-raising edge. President Obama himself has mentioned the possibility he’ll be the first incumbent president outspent by his opponent. It turns out there’s a simple explanation.

On Friday night, the Romney campaign sent an email about the Supreme Court’s Obamacare ruling (subject line: “If you haven’t heard”) that concluded:

This November it’s all on the line. The stakes couldn’t be higher.

Donate $10 or more to put a stop to the policies of Barack Obama and the liberal Democrats.

Then, about an hour and a half later, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz sent an email of her own about the ruling (subject line: “This is personal”) imploring supporters:

This law is far too important to too many Americans for Republicans to throw it out.

Give Democrats the resources we need to win and protect this historic achievement — and the lives of millions of Americans. Donate $3 or more today

Silly Democrats. If you want as much money as the Republicans, just ask for it! Besides raising more money, it might help you avoid being in the awkward position of pledging to your supporters, in your third email within 24 hours (subject line: “Let’s make a deal on this email thing”) that you’re just about to shut up:

Friend –

I like sending you emails on Saturdays about as much as you probably like receiving them.

But I’m doing it because the stakes this year are so incredibly high. Your help could be part of what makes or breaks races for Democrats across the country. No joke. That’s the difference your support can make.

So let’s make a deal:

You pitch in $3, or really whatever you can, before our critical FEC fundraising deadline tonight to help those Democrats out: [URL deleted]

And I promise you, this will be the last email you get from me today.

Enjoy your weekend — and thank you, ever so much.

Debbie

– By Kyle Wingfield

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td

July 2nd, 2012
10:34 am

And much money did the Republicans vs. the Democrats raise since the decision last week?

Jefferson

July 2nd, 2012
10:34 am

md

July 2nd, 2012
10:34 am

Maybe more would send in donations if they weren’t hoarding it in anticipation of higher hc premiums……they best be saving it as the hammer comes down in the next few years. Ga has a 300 million shortfall in Medicaid, and that is without adding the massive amount of newbies called for by the aca……..cuts coming in what??

Rafe Hollister, suffering through Oblamer's ineptocracy

July 2nd, 2012
10:36 am

Desperation on the Dems part. Just wait until these $3 folks find out 75% of the taxes in Oblamercare is targeted to them.

JDW

July 2nd, 2012
10:38 am

@td…”And much money did the Republicans vs. the Democrats raise since the decision last week?”

Depends on who you ask. Republicans gave a $4.2 million number and the Obama campaign noted that it was somewhat unseemly to publish daily fund raising scores and they wouldn’t join in. However they did note that their totals were somewhat higher.

We will know when the next round of disclosures is published.

md

July 2nd, 2012
10:42 am

“Unemployment in the 17-country euro currency bloc hit another record in May as the crippling financial crisis pushed the continent toward the brink of recession, official figures showed Monday.”

And the dems want to be more like them??

I know where I’m sending my donations……..and I have issues with both parties, but the one on the left is taking us down the wrong path.

southpaw

July 2nd, 2012
10:43 am

Maybe I should be glad I don’t check my e-mail that regularly. I do get robo-calls from the Romney campaign every so often, but so far nothing from the Obama campaign. Kyle, any idea where the RNC and DNC got their e-mailing lists, or what groups of people are on them? Maybe my status as an INDEPENDENT conservative voter is saving me some junk e-mails.

Road Scholar

July 2nd, 2012
10:46 am

md: “Maybe more would send in donations if they weren’t hoarding it in anticipation of higher hc premiums……”

Poor baby! Shoot most people will waste $3 on the lottery, cigarettes, booze,.. Hoarding? Yeah right!

JDW

July 2nd, 2012
10:47 am

@Rafe…”Just wait until these $3 folks find out 75% of the taxes in Oblamercare is targeted to them.”

Which of course…its not.

More than 3/4’s of the taxes will come from those making $100K plus.

Road Scholar

July 2nd, 2012
10:49 am

Kyle, how do you feel about PACS? I think they should be outlawed. The corporate America buying of America.

Real Athens

July 2nd, 2012
10:49 am

… and columnists show their penchant for farcical and childish witticisms in — wait for it — their columns.

St Simons - we're on Island time, mon

July 2nd, 2012
10:49 am

hey, thanks for publishing this in a national blog, man.
That reminded us. We just sent him & Debbie some more.

Money is speech.
Corporations are people.
Money is people.
People are money.
One dollar = one vote
thank you for visiting planet kolob.
to return to ‘merka, press “home” on your keyboard.
there’s a crew cleaning up the mess there right now.

JohnnyReb

July 2nd, 2012
10:51 am

The Democrats whole approach to fund raising and Citizens United show how contorted their thought process.

They find it absolutely unacceptable that people with money would spend large sums of it to keep Democrats from using the government to force away more of it.

Apparently, any amount more than they have is unacceptable and should be spread to all.

I keep asking who they think would pay for entitlements if not their hated 1%, but it gets really quite afterward.

Kyle Wingfield

July 2nd, 2012
10:54 am

southpaw @ 10:43: I believe you get them if you sign up for them.

clyde

July 2nd, 2012
10:55 am

I wish $10 was the only cost associated with Obamacare.

Chip

July 2nd, 2012
10:57 am

JDW — are you deliberately lying, or are you just delusional and stupid? Obamacare will break the backs of middle-and-lower class Americans. 75% of the cost WILL land on such people. Do your homework, you moron.

Steve

July 2nd, 2012
10:57 am

Obamacare only affects deadbeats who won’t buy insurance. This has been thoroughly debunked as a “tax.”

ragnar danneskjold

July 2nd, 2012
11:01 am

Leftist fund-raising letters always sound like a whine. Time for the voters to give them something to whine about.

Jefferson

July 2nd, 2012
11:01 am

md, you are in it with those folks too.

Jefferson

July 2nd, 2012
11:07 am

In fact, we are all in it together. American society.

barking frog

July 2nd, 2012
11:07 am

The SCOTUS thought
Citizens United was
Citizens Untied and
p e n a l t y spelled tax.

ByteMe

July 2nd, 2012
11:08 am

JDW — are you deliberately lying, or are you just delusional and stupid? Obamacare will break the backs of middle-and-lower class Americans. 75% of the cost WILL land on such people. Do your homework, you moron.

Love them personal attacks you let people do here, Kyle?

As for the topic at hand: silly. Nothing interesting happen this weekend or just on deadline? I was at the pool most of the weekend with the kids. Did “news” happen while I was away? :)

JDW

July 2nd, 2012
11:08 am

@Chip…”Do your homework, you moron”

I believe it is you that has not done thier homework….even the Heritage Foundation can add and subtract.

$4.3 billion in estimated tax collections….$3.3 from those making $100K plus…

Jefferson

July 2nd, 2012
11:10 am

Best use of tax money is to spend it, beware of those who want to rip off the gov’t and overcharge.

Kyle Wingfield

July 2nd, 2012
11:11 am

Chip: We can do without the “stupid” and “moron” kind of language.

md

July 2nd, 2012
11:12 am

“Poor baby! Shoot most people will waste $3 on the lottery, cigarettes, booze,.. Hoarding? Yeah right!”

It was a tongue in cheek comment……we all know you are right, they will waste it……but if they had a clue what was coming they would be hoarding it…………

JDW

July 2nd, 2012
11:13 am

md

July 2nd, 2012
11:13 am

“$4.3 billion in estimated tax collections….$3.3 from those making $100K plus…”

I think you missed a few of the income sources……you may want to google them…..4 billion won’t pay for the band-aids…………

JDW

July 2nd, 2012
11:14 am

@Kyle…why thank you. Did you have a good weekend…it was a bit warm out there!

@@

July 2nd, 2012
11:16 am

I liked the call from Obama, hisself.

And now I’m the incumbent president. I’ve got gray hair Send money for the Grecian Formula.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/06/30/exclusive-president-obama-asks-campaign-donors-to-send-him-more-money.html

schnirt

JDW

July 2nd, 2012
11:16 am

@md…”I think you missed a few of the income sources”

Those numbers are just the Indivdual Mandate collections from the CBO…those are the most complete numbers I have found so far. If you have some more from credible sources I would be happy to check them out.

Mr. Holmes

July 2nd, 2012
11:17 am

Kyle, not sure whether you write your own headlines, but in this editor’s estimation you need to give the ” … wait for it … ” phrase a rest for a while. You use that one in every post, seems like.

md

July 2nd, 2012
11:17 am

JDW…..that link only shows the tax penalty……not the actual taxes that will be used to pay for the entitlements………….

Jefferson

July 2nd, 2012
11:19 am

Lordy, a 2 year old law — this is nothing new, so why all the fake concern now ? Gov. Deal should be planning for the implementation, hopefully better than he manages money…

Darwin

July 2nd, 2012
11:20 am

I was for Romneycare before I was against Obamacare.

Pizzaman

July 2nd, 2012
11:20 am

As a registered Independent my vote can be bought by either side. But before I give either side my vote I have to know: what do you plan to replace the ACA with? No Republican yet has said. I hear “repeal and replace” all the time but the only action has been to repeal. What are the replacement facts? And remember folks: vote early, vote often!

md

July 2nd, 2012
11:20 am

$86 Billion: Hike in Medicare Payroll Tax
$65 Billion: Individual Mandate Excise Tax and Employer Mandate Tax
$60.1 Billion: Tax on Health Insurers imposed on health insurance premiums collected
$32 Billion: Excise Tax on Comprehensive Health Insurance Plans
$23.6 Billion: “Black liquor” tax hike on a type of bio-fuel. Bill: Reconciliation Act; Page: 105
$22.2 Billion: Tax on Innovator Drug Companies (Took effect in 2010): $2.3 billion annual tax on the industry imposed relative to share of sales made that year. Bill: PPACA; Page: 1,971-1,980
$20 Billion: Tax on Medical Devices
$15.2 Billion: High Medical Bills Tax
$13.2 Billion: Flexible Spending Account Cap – aka “Special Needs Kids Tax”
$5 Billion: Medicine Cabinet Tax
$4.5 Billion: Elimination of tax deduction for employer-provided retirement Rx drug coverage
$4.5 Billion: Codification of the “economic substance doctrine”
$2.7 Billion: Tax on Indoor Tanning Services
$1.4 Billion: HSA Withdrawal Tax Hike
$0.6 Billion: $500,000 Annual Executive Compensation Limit for Health Insurance Executives
$0.4 Billion: Blue Cross/Blue Shield Tax Hike

JDW

July 2nd, 2012
11:23 am

@md..yes I know…here is a bit from Smart Money…

http://www.smartmoney.com/taxes/income/what-obamacare-may-mean-for-taxes-1335896160486/

Looks like the biggest fund raisers are Medicare and Capital Gains taxes on incomes over 200K. Not taxes that will impact the Middle Class.

md

July 2nd, 2012
11:23 am

“I was for Romneycare before I was against Obamacare.”

Might be wise to learn the difference between a state and a nation………..

Rafe Hollister, suffering through Oblamer's ineptocracy

July 2nd, 2012
11:24 am

JDW

Wrong once again.

http://www.humanevents.com/2012/06/30/wsj-chief-economist-75-of-obamacare-costs-will-fall-on-backs-of-those-making-less-than-120k-a-year/

WSJ CHIEF ECONOMIST: 75% OF OBAMACARE COSTS WILL FALL ON BACKS OF THOSE MAKING LESS THAN $120K A YEAR

JDW

July 2nd, 2012
11:26 am

@md…a nice list…where did the numbers come from? As I have said, and what started this whole thread is that the taxes are not targeted at the Middle Class…they still have $3 left to support the President.

Jefferson

July 2nd, 2012
11:27 am

I just hope they put Ryan on the GOP ticket, he’s a nice en’.

md

July 2nd, 2012
11:28 am

“Not taxes that will impact the Middle Class.”

You need to look at that list again…..just about all of them will come from the middle class…….don’t make the mistake of thinking the consumer is not the one paying for them, as we are.

Hsa? Over the counter drugs? Premiums to providers? Tanning beds? Medical devices? FSA cap?

Jefferson

July 2nd, 2012
11:32 am

I dunno, I think the GOP is the ones worried, now they feel the increased need to BUY someting…why else would they give their easily given money away.

md

July 2nd, 2012
11:34 am

“@md…a nice list…where did the numbers come from?”

Google……I would recommend doing your own research, that way one can’t say it came from so and so and poo poo any sources. It’s all out there.

Rafe Hollister, suffering through Oblamer's ineptocracy

July 2nd, 2012
11:34 am

Jefferson

I can tell you what the GOP wants to buy…………………………………………………financial solvency for the good ole USA.

Uh Oh

July 2nd, 2012
11:36 am

Kyle

How much of a bump has Romney received in the polls, especially in the swing states?

JDW

July 2nd, 2012
11:37 am

@Rafe…”WSJ CHIEF ECONOMIST: 75% OF OBAMACARE COSTS WILL FALL ON BACKS OF THOSE MAKING LESS THAN $120K A YEAR”

His OPINON is not supported by the DATA which has been published by the CBO. It is also worth noting that I have seen no published material in the WSJ that supports the claim of Mr. Moore a writer (not chief economist).

Uh Oh

July 2nd, 2012
11:38 am

How many companies have announced that they are dropping their health care benefit?

What is the avg size in terms of employees of these companies?

Jefferson

July 2nd, 2012
11:38 am

Rafe, I might have belived you but last time they had the complete US gov’t they did not do that. Why do you belive they changed ? I have yet to see any plan from them that is workable.