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Outspent

Political spending is in the news this week, both because of the Supreme Court decision yesterday, and news items about Super PACs for Mitt Romney raising hugely more money that Super PACs for Barack Obama. I heard clips from both Obama and Romney whining about the other side raising more money. Whatever side of the fence you’re on, I think that we’ll agree that money is important in getting the message out.

The only solid number I have for birther spending is the $40,000 of tax-exempt money going to fund the Maricopa County’s Cold Case Posse publicity campaign and a $320 filing fee I think I saw attached to a birther federal lawsuit once. Add to that WorldNetDaily promotion and funding and half a hundred or more web sites some with professional web design. Orly rents the National Press Club and travels all over the country. I wouldn’t be surprised if the birther expenditure in total hit half a million.

The Obots, a wholly self-funded endeavor, aren’t in that ballpark. Probably the biggest expense by far among anti-birthers is the money it takes to download all of those court documents. Just figure 10 cents a page (max of 30 pages per document charges) times the number of pages in the Jack Ryan Scribd collection for federal cases. I don’t know what state court costs are and transcripts. Second to that are perhaps travel expenses to report in birther court hearings. Then there’s premium web hosting like mine which runs $20 a month now with $70 one time for the premium WordPress theme. The Fogbow might be more than that.

My back of the envelope calculations say birthers are out-spending the Obots over 10 to 1. Fortunately, we get lots of free publicity from the press and the courts.

If anyone would crunch the speculative numbers differently, jump in.

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6 Responses to Outspent

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    Paul June 26, 2012 at 8:47 pm #

    “The Obots, a wholly self-funded endeavor…”

    Wait — WHAT?!@/?!@ You mean I’m NOT being paid by the White House to post on Oily Taint’s website???

    DAMN YOU OBAAAAAAAMMMMAAAAA!@!@#!!!!!!!!!

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    Dr. Conspiracy June 26, 2012 at 8:51 pm #

    Sorry, I should have broken the news more gently.

    The “Any Day Now” theme applies equally to birthers expecting Obama to be exposed and to Obots getting their first check from George Soros.

    Paul: Wait — WHAT?!@/?!@ You mean I’m NOT being paid

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    JPotter June 26, 2012 at 8:56 pm #

    Hey, don’t forget all those “registrations” Haskins didn’t refund!

    And expenditures WND has incurred for A/V coverage, billboard campaigns, airplanes with cute banner tails, printing of various books, etc. And everyone’s court costs. And whatever they’re paying Klayman. And Corsi sure does get around.

    I’d say altogether $500K is a very low guess. This is cumulative, all time, right? Well, back to the Original Birf, that is?

    They are also waaaay ahead on the income side of things, too …

    Post & eFail’s subscription scam, and FREEP’s “membership dues” …. WND’s sales, meager though they may be.

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    ASK Esq June 26, 2012 at 9:30 pm #

    Well, there’s always the costs associated with fixing our blown-out irony meters, and replacing monitors and keyboards that get sprayed with coffee (Or other beverages) after reading about birther riduculousness.

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    G June 27, 2012 at 12:18 am #

    I’d say those are the largest expense categories, by far! 😉

    ASK Esq:
    Well, there’s always the costs associated with fixing our blown-out irony meters, and replacing monitors and keyboards that get sprayed with coffee (Or other beverages) after reading about birther riduculousness.

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    dch June 27, 2012 at 8:52 am #

    Birthing is a business for a few grifters who have been peeling off money from PayPal. If there was not money flowing in this would not have persisted for as long as it has. The record of failure in court is beside the point, its a cost of doing business. The grifter lawyers just refile the same recycled nonsense over and over.