From Wall Street to Hollywood, from doctors and lawyers, the traditional big sources of campaign cash are not delivering for the Obama campaign as they did four years ago. The falloff has left his fund-raising totals running behind where they were at the same point in 2008 — though well ahead of Mr. Romney’s — and has induced growing concern among aides and supporters as they confront the prospect that Republicans and their “super PAC” allies will hold a substantial advantage this fall.
With big checks no longer flowing as quickly into his campaign, Mr. Obama is leaning harder on his grass-roots supporters, whose small contributions make up well over half of the money he raised through the end of March, according to reports filed Friday with the Federal Election Commission. And Mr. Obama is asking far more of those large donors still giving, exploiting his joint fund-raising arrangement with the Democratic National Committee to collect five-figure checks from individuals who have already given the maximum $5,000 contribution to his re-election campaign.
“They clearly are feeling the pressure,” said one major Obama fund-raiser, who asked for anonymity to characterize his conversations with campaign officials. “They’re behind where they expected to be.”
One of Instapundit's readers opines, with tongue firmly planted in cheek:
So a candidate is increasingly unpopular with American donors but retains a vestige of foreign popularity, particularly in certain countries which would like to see “flexibility” on issues in like missile defense in a 2nd term. If there were some way this theoretical candidate could accept foreign donations, it would be awfully tempting. Of course, such a gambit would require drastic measures, like using a series of small and untraceable donations. Cash would be too cumbersome, so this candidate would probably want to use credit cards…hmm…, ah, but the address verification system would need to be disabled to allow that….hmmm…, tempting, but there’s no way the press would let a candidate get away with something that blatant. So I guess we’re safe. Whew! I was getting worried for a minute there.
Oh yea, we're safe. This candidate has never shown a history of taking in questionable contributions.
No need to worry.
No need to worry whatsoever.