President Barack Obama has wasted little time in fundraising, despite claiming that “it’s not election season yet” at a town hall in Cannon Falls, Minn. Brendan Doherty, an assistant professor of political science at the U.S. Naval Academy and part-time researcher at the non-partisan White House Transition Project, recently looked at fundraising numbers for Obama and the five Presidents that preceded him, and found that the 44th President has held far more fundraisers.
“Obama’s 127 fundraisers — for himself, Democratic Party committees or Democratic candidates — is twice the number Ronald Reagan had held (63) by this time in his presidency and three times Jimmy Carter’s total (44),” read an article in USA Today. “The president coming closest to Obama’s modern-day record: George H.W. Bush, who had held 90 by now, followed by his son George W. Bush (88) and Bill Clinton (76).”
The article notes that Obama’s presence at a fundraiser for a Democratic candidate is not always a marker of that candidate’s sure success: “Among the candidates he raised money for were Creigh Deeds, who lost his race for governor of Virginia in 2009; Jon Corzine, who lost his race for governor of New Jersey the same year; Ted Strickland, who lost his 2010 gubernatorial re-election race; and Alexi Giannoulias, who lost the 2010 Senate race in Obama’s home state of Illinois.”
“The statistics are likely to serve as another reference for Republicans who have tried to label Obama the ‘campaigner-in-chief’ instead of a president focused on healing the economy,” read a POLITICO article on Doherty’s findings.