Big Obama Fundraising in Tax Haven Switzerland


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What’s pale yellow, riddled with holes and not very sharp? President Barack Obama’s renewed class-warfare attack on GOP opponent Mitt Romney.

To kick off the Independence Day holiday, America’s fundraiser-in-chief took to Twitter to stoke wealth-bashing resentment against Republicans. “FACT,” Obama’s official Twitter account declared, “In 2010, Romney reported having a $3 million Swiss bank account.” Obama for America campaign manager Jim Messina piled on, urging “every reporter covering Romney” to read left-wing Vanity Fair’s new report on his offshore finances. In a water-carrying news conference call, Obama campaign flack Ben LaBolt assailed Romney’s “mysterious corporation in Bermuda, his funds in the Cayman Islands and the Swiss bank account he opened.”

The Democratic wizards of election-year optics believe that such populist rhetoric demonizing foreign money will help shore up their left flank and win independents tired of crony, out-of-touch government. One problem: They launched their classwar fusillade in the same week that Tinseltown tycoon George Clooney announced Obama fundraising efforts — in Geneva, Switzerland. Oops.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Clooney will entertain 150 European elites at a swanky Swiss reception, “which will be followed by a more intimate — and expensive — dinner at which the star will be the guest of honor. Tickets for the latter event will go for $20,000 for singles and $30,000 for couples.” As Reuters reported at the time, Clooney spearheaded a similar event in Geneva, “one of the world’s most affluent cities,” in 2008. “Some 170 contributors paid $1,000 a head to hear him speak at a cocktail party held at a museum in Geneva’s Old Town.

And 75 high-rolling supporters spent $10,000 each to attend ‘an intimate seated dinner’” with the actor.

Swiss money for thee, but not for Romney, eh, Democrats?

Even more problematic for Obama: Some of his very best campaign finance bundlers and golfing buddies are architects and beneficiaries of the Swiss tax havens he purports to abhor.

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  • Ken

    Hypocrites!!

  • 333maxwell

    President Obama – Millions of people giving him hundreds of dollars to get re-elected.

    Governor Romney – Hundreds of people giving him millions of dollars to get elected.

    • justmom

      Backwards.

      • 333maxwell

        Hi Justmom..

        No.. really.. it's not a joke.. loot at the figures.

        Obama beats Romney in small money doners, and Romney beats Obama in big money donors.

        As wealthy as some of the crowd Obama supporters may be, there has yet to be anything donor wise when it comes to the GOP.

        You have guys like Sheldon Anderson pumping in his off shore casino money, he has just given the Romney campaign 10 million dollars FOR THE SECOND TIME..

        Obama could only dream of such individual contributions. He simply isn't getting them, and his 'big money' support from 4 years ago is relatively dried up comparatively.

        Hope you had a safe and happy Independence Day.

        Peace~!

        • kong.ming

          No that's wrong and comes from a misleading Obama campaign statement:

          "“We know that only 15 percent of Romney's May totals came from people giving less than $250, compared to 98 percent in that category for us.”

          But

          "93 percent of the number of (Romney) donations was under $250"

          Also you have to consider the PACs and Obama's big labor union contributors, who by the way we just found out purchase luxury resorts and country clubs from union dues for "growth" measures even though the only thing growing are the number of Richard "murder coverup" Trumka's fat chins.

          • 333maxwell

            Thanks for your thoughts Kong..

    • RUI

      Yes, that's what poll after poll is suggesting. Obama is going to win by a landslide…

      Oh wait, let me get back to planet Earth.

  • enoughalready

    Excellent and razor sharp as usual. When will they see???

  • kong.ming

    This just on the heels of a Congressional report which states Chris Dodd, who blocked reform on Fannie Mae, knew about his preferential Friend of Angelo status with Countrywide CEO Angelo Mozillo.

    Obama forgets about the fraud of his past fellow Congressional Democrats and constantly lies saying small government and fiscal responsibility created the banking crisis instead of Barney Frank wanting to roll the dice, Obama voting present on the 2005 reform bill while lobbying for more money for ACORN, Chris Dodd saying everything's okay with Fannie Mae and Charles Schummer playing the race card.

    How many times have we heard Obama whine about what he inherited? You and your corrupt Democratic big government advocates inherited a pass from the corporate media grafters and a get out of prison free card for your criminality while sending taxpayers the bill.

  • mrbean

    Obama has an invalid Social Secority number. Because the “042″ number is reserved for the exclusive use of individuals who register in Connecticut. When she ran 10 sequential numbers before and after Obama’s, all returned with the documentation “issued 1977-1979 in CT.” When researcher Daniels ran the numbers immediately flanking Obama’s, she came to the firm conviction that Obama’s number was issued in March 1977 in Connecticut. By all accounts, as Daniels thoroughly documents, Obama was then a 15-year-old living in Hawaii. There is no record of him even visiting Connecticut in or near this time frame. To have gotten a Social Security card at this time Obama would have had to show up for a “mandatory in-person interview.” This could not have taken place in Connecticut. Obama’s sister, Maya, by contrast, uses a number appropriate for a Hawaiian resident. Daniels checked other databases as well to validate her findings, including the Massachusetts Department of Motor Vehicles and the IRS. Yes, Obama used the 042 number to get a driver’s license when at Harvard and as recently as on his 2009 income tax return.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    You are known by the company you keep, this is a good observation and correct to a fine point,
    George Clooney must be a low down Marxist piece of dirt with a deific self vision and not one
    bit of true humanity. Enetmologists would have a field day checking out the bugs in his head.
    William

  • WilliamJamesWard

    You are known by the company you keep, this is a good observation and correct to a fine point.
    George Clooney must be a low down Marxist piece of dirt with a deific self vision and not one
    bit of true humanity. Enetmologists would have a field day checking out the bugs in his head.
    William

  • pagegl

    I thought foreign contributions to federal election campaigns were illegal.

    • wsk

      They're giving it to Clooney who then gives it to the Democrats. See, legal.

      • "gunner"

        in the firearms trade clooney would be called a "strawman", fronting for an illegal transaction by ineligible persons.

    • kafir4life

      Selling guns to drug dealers in Mexico and then using them to murder border patrol agents and Mexican citizens, then lying about it is too, but so what. He's Stinky, and Stinky (-bo) don't need no stinkin' laws!! He be Stinky!!

  • NotATeaPartiers

    Ah the TeaBaggers, when will they learn?

    Obama is fundraising from OVERSEAS Americans in Switzerland, not Europeans!

    • Chaim paddaman

      Maybe so, but what control meassures will be implemented to ensure that the "Federal election campaign Act" is not breached? Wll prospective donors have to sumit identification and proof of US citizenship? Only a fool will trust George Clooney and Hollywood.