That is undoubtedly true. It’s also complete hyperbole. As the charts from the Center for Responsive Politics shown here indicate, the president’s campaign has not only raised more money that Romney’s campaign it has spent more and has more cash on hand. Yet campaigns are only part of the picture.
When President Obama attends fundraising parties, such as the one at the home of celebrity Sarah Jessica Parker attended by 50 donors who paid $40,000 each for the privilege — even as the above email excoriated Romney for raising money “at a secretive retreat for the biggest donors to both his campaign and the super PACs that support him” — that money goes to both the president and the Democratic National Committee (DNC). The DNC spends a substantial portion of that money to re-elect Obama. As of now the DNC has also raised more money that the Republican National committee as well.Where’s the media? Where’s the journalist? Where’s Fact Check.org? This is just a travesty that this bully can get away with trying to destroy Mitt Romney as a man and then turn around and play victim regarding being outspent.
So what is President Obama talking about? Much like former president Bill Clinton, parsing the language becomes a critical element in this deception. Romney has indeed out-raised Obama on occasion, meaning in a given month his cash intake may be higher than the president’s. But the number of months President Obama has out-raised Romney far is higher. With respect to outside money, such as 527 organizations, which are tax-exempt groups that engage in political activities, Obama may have a point, since Romney currently maintains a small edge. Yet if the president insists on counting 427s, etc., then the part of his email contending he will be “the first president in modern history to be outspent,” is also untrue: in the 2004 election campaign, George W. Bush was outspent by challenger John Kerry.