In his July 8th post, Andrew Romano of Newsweek finally sets out to dispel the myths about Obama’s fundraising prowess in his piece “Four Myths of Obama’s Money Machine.” He considers the following myths:
1. Obama Opted Out of Public Financing for Reasons of Principle
2. Obama Gets All—or Even the Vast Majority—of His Money from Small Donors
3. The Share of Obama’s Money That Comes From Small Donors Is Completely Unprecedented
4. Obama Won’t Receive Any Help from Outside Groups
It’s a good read and to see this sort of thing seeing some daylight is pretty amazing. Newsweek has been in the tank for Obama, and that includes Eleanor Clift who once had the courage to speak out against Bush on the McLaughlin Report, when everyone on the panel was in the tank for him. Clift has been a contributing editor to Newsweek since 1994. These days, she has been over the top for Obama, which has really disappointed me, since I once had a lot of respect for Clift. Why she is now so willing to sacrifice her objectivity at this point is beyond me, after fighting the good fight against Bush in the face of constant shout downs on McLaughlin for years.
Meanwhile, the Star-Tribune in Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN reported yesterday that Obama’s fundraising raffle that offers winners a trip to the Convention, a backstage meeting with Obama, and a chance to win a trip to Hawaii is illegal under MN law.
The fundraiser on Barack Obama’s national website might be considered a raffle in Minnesota. Not so, his campaign says.
The head of the Minnesota Gambling Control Board said that a solicitation for funds on the national website of the Barack Obama presidential campaign may constitute a raffle, which is a violation of Minnesota gambling laws.
Tom Barrett, executive director of the board, said he will ask the state Department of Public Safety to look into the matter.
The Obama campaign said Monday night that the solicitation does not constitute a raffle. “We are not conducting a raffle of any kind,” said Nick Kimball, a spokesman for the Obama campaign in Minnesota.
The state Gambling Board website specifically states that one cannot conduct a raffle as a fundraiser for a political campaign. Only nonprofit charities may conduct raffles.
He said three elements make a drawing a form of gambling under state law: if it costs money to participate, if it involves “the luck of the draw” in which no skill is involved and if one wins something of value.
Seems pretty clear cut. But let’s see what becomes of “looking into the matter.” Maybe the state of MN will break its own rules and join the stampede to enable The Chosen One. Nothing would surprise me at this point…
Score one for the state of Minnesota! Seems they haven’t bent the rules and the Obama campaign has had to change the terms of their raffle. They were “informed” by the state… do you believe they really didn’t know the law?? These days, I don’t believe a thing coming out of this campaign…
From the Star-Tribune:
Obama campaign revamps trip offer
The campaign reworded a solicitation on its website to comply with state law. People can now win a trip without donating money.
Barack Obama’s presidential campaign modified a solicitation for donations on its national website Tuesday evening to comply with Minnesota lottery laws after it was informed by a state law enforcement investigator that it was violating state law.
The website had previously offered supporters who donated at least $5 to the campaign a chance to win a free trip for two to the Democratic National Convention in Denver.