The Price of Power is About the Same as a Big Screen TV
Can you put a price on a meeting with the president? The Obama campaign can.
President Obama's political operation, Organizing for America, is giving away three trips to meet Obama at a Las Vegas rally for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Oct. 22.
Online donors who send contributions between now and Friday will be entered in the contest. Winners will receive a ticket to Las Vegas, a night's lodging and a "backstage pass" to the rally.
The Washington Examiner's Byron York noticed in the fine print of the pitch the following: "approximate combined retail value $1,200.00."
Power Play feels bad for the folks who paid $30,400 apiece to meet Obama at the home of Atlantic Media executive Linda Douglass in Washington last week.
‘Chelle Slams ‘Bam on Ticket Prices
From the New York Post's Page Six: "President Obama hosted a cocktail reception for Illinois Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias at the Drake hotel in Chicago the other night with tickets starting at $500. But at a fund-raiser for Giannoulias hosted by Michelle Obama this Wednesday at the University Club of Chicago, tickets start at $750."
Sarah Palin: "More Great Candidates to Endorse this Year"
Another Twitter/Facebook blast of endorsements from Sarah Palin:John Raese for Senate in West Virginia Dan Benishek for House in MichiganKeith Fimian for House in VirginiaRuth McClung & Janet Contreras for House in ArizonaRay McKinney for House in GeorgiaAlan Nunnelee and Bill Marcy for House in MississippiMorgan Philpot for House in UtahPoll Check
Gallup - High Turnout Model: GOP +12; Typical Midterm Turnout Model: GOP +17
Rasmussen - GOP +8Bloomberg: Hillary's Favorable Rating 64 percent - 11 Points Higher than Obama's
Bloomberg: 43 Percent Who Supported Obama in the 2008 Cycle Have Backed Away
MoveOn.org Digs Obama Chamber Attacks
MoveOn.org has embraced President Obama's line of attack accusing unidentified foreign entities of trying to steal the midterm elections. The Obama-backing MoveOn.org is up with ads making similar claims against Illinois Republican Senate candidate Mark Kirk and is expected to make appearances in races across the country this week. The ads rest on the assumption that candidates who take money from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce may fall under foreign control.
DNC Targets Black Voters
Civil rights leader, Rev. Joseph Lowery, has recorded a radio ad for the Democratic National Committee aimed at getting African-Americans to vote in the November election. The ad will run on nationally syndicated radio shows with strong black audiences and on urban radio in states such as Pennsylvania, Missouri, Illinois, Ohio and Florida, according to DNC officials. The DNC is spending $1 million on the new ad campaign. The new DNC radio spot invokes Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and recounts President Obama's 2008 victory: "In 2008, we changed the guard. This year, we must guard the change. This is Reverend Joseph Lowery, asking you to stand on the shoulders of those who came before you."Follow the Money - But Not to South Dakota
Democrats are cutting spending for statewide South Dakota Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin. The Wall Street Journal reports that Sandlin, a three-term incumbent and scion of the state's Democratic dynasty, will be getting about $150,000 less than the $500,000 in ad spending that had been expected from national Democrats in the final weeks of her re-election campaign. Herseth Sandlin is in a tight race with Republican state Rep. Kristi Noem. Noem announced $1.1 million in the third-quarter fundraising and $776,945 in cash on hand. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee stressed that the reduced funding didn't indicate a lack of enthusiasm for the party's candidate. "The DCCC has invested heavily in this race and remains fully committed to Stephanie Herseth Sandlin's campaign," said Chairman Chris Van Hollen in a statement.
Former President Bill Clinton will be campaigning with Harry Reid in Nevada today as the Democrats work to turn out voters for the start of early voting at the end of this week.
And Now, A Word From Charles
"Well, there is desperation and then there is reptilian desperation. And this is the reptilian variety. This thing just oozes of slime and innuendo.
This is McCarthy-like. You make an accusation that the other side is using foreign funds. You don't have a shred of evidence and you answer like Axelrod did, what is your evidence, which is what McCarthy did. You'd raise suspicions about someone. And the objective is not to actually make a case it's to raise suspicions and leave them hanging out there.
Here are the facts -- the Chamber of Commerce has 110 overseas affiliates, which give annual dues. And it is peanuts. It's one half of one-tenth of one percent of its budget.
Also, as "The New York Times" has written, not me and not other right- wing troglodytes, they have written that this practice of getting dues from the overseas association is not illegal, it's not improper, and it's not unusual.
As we heard earlier in the show, the Sierra Club and the AFL-CIO also had overseas affiliates, which give dues, and they engage in the political activity. The money from the overseas affiliates is segregated and not used in politics.
The accusation here is that the money is being used again without a shred of evidence. And the irony here is that Obama is a man who ran on hope and change, and this is a pure appeal to xenophobic fear.
Secondly, here is a man who said we have to be one with the world. He stands up in Berlin two years ago in a rally of swooning, cheering Germans, and what does he say? ‘I'm a citizen of the world.' And now his use of the world as a weapon, the sinister foreigners are influencing our elections in the secret way, again, without a shred of evidence."
-- Charles Krauthammer on allegations from President Obama and his political team that Republicans are using foreign money to influence elections.
The president will hold a town hall with supporters at George Washington University and take screened questions from supporters online.
President Obama has added campaign stops to his schedule - one for Sen. Patty Murray in Seattle, Thursday, Oct. 21 and one for Sen. Barbara Boxer in Los Angeles on Oct. 22.
Vice President Biden today heads to Des Moines to raise money for Rep. Leonard Boswell and then attends a labor rally for Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn in Chicago.
The Day in Quotes
"I don't believe in standing in the way of an avalanche."
-- Billionaire George Soros explaining to the New York Times why he is not helping Democratic candidates this year the way he helped Barack Obama in 2008.
"They're going to need money from us to hire those 22,000 federal employees we think it's going to take to run this monstrosity [Obamacare]. And I'll just tell you, they're not going to get a dime from us."
-- House Minority Leader John Boehner at a campaign event in West Palm Beach, Fla., quoted by the Palm Beach Post.
"Everybody in my family before my generation probably sounded like a hick to those people who paid for those ads."
-- Former President Bill Clinton at an event for West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin blasting a Republican ad for which actors with a "hicky" look were sought.
"I'm not sure I would trust a guy who had had sexual relations with an intern."
-- Kentucky Senate candidate Rand Paul when asked by reporters asked if he had a response to former President Bill Clinton's attacks on him at an event for Paul's Democratic rival, Jack Conway.
"We've drawn a line in the sand. You can ask me about background, you can ask me about personal issues. I'm not going to answer."
-- Joe Miller, Republican Senate nominee from Alaska, in a statement to reporters following a debate in which several questions related to his personal finances.
"I'm giving Alaskans a choice between two guys who clearly don't have the experience and one who would really take this state in a way that I don't think most Alaskans want."
-- Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Senate write-in candidate, "On the Record with Greta Van Susteren" about her foes, Joe Miller and Scott McAdams.
"I don't have a party behind me. I don't have big PACs behind me, special interest groups. But I have an army of volunteers who want me to be their voice that is humbling and honoring. "
-- Christine O'Donnell "On the Record with Greta Van Susteren."
"I have 11-year-old twin boys, and this campaign has allowed us to accelerate awkward conversations"
-- Chris Coons, Senate Candidate (D-DE) to the New York Times when asked about opponent Christine O'Donnell's youthful remarks about masturbation.
"They have a low opinion of the American people. They think the American people are going to care more about this phony issue that they've dummied up with no evidence whatsoever, than the American people care about these things which are driving the election. Look, there's a bunker mentality inside the White House."
-- Karl Rove on "Hannity."
"It takes more than a 30-second ad to detail my opponent's long record of unethical business practices and even fraud investigations and criminal investigations."
-- Alex Sink, Democratic candidate for Florida governor, announcing the unusual step of buying 2-minute spots for her latest attack ad against Republican Rick Scott.
"These two elections, 2010 and 2012, go hand-in-hand. The theme of 2010 has got to be rebuke their errors, reject, repeal; and then the theme of 2012 - it's renew, revive and restore."
-- Sarah Palin, as quoted by NBC, in a speech in Bakersfield, Calif.
"Sarah Palin is here to endorse her book, I believe, and to raise money. I am here running for office, so we're all busy."
-- Carly Fiorina, Republican candidate for Senate from California, on why she is not joining Palin at a political event in Orange County this weekend.
"I think every speech should begin with a shot of tequila."
-- Carly Fiorina, Republican candidate for Senate from California, as quoted by Politico, after throwing back a shot at the Hispanic 100 Lifetime Achievement Award Gala.
"I'm not running for anything in 2012."
-- Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA) during a campaign trip for Missouri Senate candidate Rep. Roy Blunt.
"I challenge the Chamber of Commerce to tell us how much of the money they're investing is from foreign sources. I challenge them. If I'm wrong, I will stand corrected. But show me, show me."
-- Vice President Joe Biden at a campaign event for embattled Rep. Chris Carney (D-PA).
"We accept the Vice President's challenge here and now, and are happy to provide our answer: Zero. As in, ‘Not a single cent.' We hope this clears it up, and hope the Vice President keeps his word and stands corrected."-- Tom Collamore, senior vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, in a statement released after Biden's speech.