April 30, 2012

From the ‘We Never Really Intended to Get Money Out of Politics’ Dept.

From Toby Harnden at the UK Daily Mail:

(J. Breandan) Doherty, who has compiled statistics about presidential travel and fundraising going back to President Jimmy Carter in 1977, found that Obama had held 104 fundraisers by March 6th this year, compared to 94 held by Presidents Carter, Ronald Reagan, George Bush Snr, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush combined.

Since then, Obama has held another 20 fundraisers, bringing his total to 124. Carter held four re-election fundraisers in the 1980 campaign, Reagan zero in 1984, Bush Snr 19 in 1992, Clinton 14 in 1996 and Bush Jnr 57 in 2004.

And six months remain in the campaign. To the extent the establishment press has noticed, its coverage has been largely favorable and only occasionally neutral, with no previous administration comparables ever brought to light.

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