Money talks– military cash goes to Obama
President Barack Obama greets troops at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas
October 17th, 2012
05:00 AM ET

Money talks– military cash goes to Obama

By Jennifer Rizzo

President Barack Obama's campaign has received almost double the amount of military donations that Mitt Romney's campaign has, according to data collected by a research group that tracks money and lobbying in U.S. politics.

It's a clue, perhaps, into who the military is rooting for in this presidential election. Obama has received more than $530,000 in campaign contributions from individual military donors, while Romney has taken in more than $280,000 in donations from individuals involved with the military.

Obama's lead in military donations comes despite hundreds of billions in cuts to the Defense Department and the Republican ticket blaming him for a potential half-trillion dollars more in cuts if Congress can't agree on a deficit deal.

The Center for Responsive Politics compiled the information using data reported to the Federal Election Commission and includes donations greater than $200 from both military and civilian employees of the nation's defense sector.

The group also looked at military donations given to former Republican candidate Ron Paul, who has advocated for a smaller military and bringing troops home from bases in countries like Germany and South Korea. Paul, too, received more military donations than Romney, totaling almost $400,000.

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  1. kendall

    can anybody tell me when this took place.

    June 23, 2013 at 7:10 pm | Reply
  2. Edward

    This snapshot is ill-timed. During the peak of Ron Paul's campaign, Ron Paul surpassed all of the Republican candidates donations COMBINED as well as SURPASSED Obama. Obama's foreign policy is identical to Romney's other than Romney is guaranteeing a war with Iran. If people want peace. there is a Libertarian candidate named Gary Johnson that has a record that shows he does what he says. Additionally he was #1 job creator in the US as governor of New Mexico, created a $1 billion surplus and reduced the size of government by 1200 people without ever firing a person, and cut taxes 14 times.

    October 18, 2012 at 7:23 am | Reply
    • John R.

      Neat spin, CNN; differentiate out between Romney and Paul to make it look like the military- one of the last respected sections of the government- supports Obama. Adding Republicans agains the Democrat now that Paul is out of the race would make it too clear that the military supports the Republicans, and that's not the party line here at CNN, is it?

      October 18, 2012 at 9:21 am | Reply
    • phemale

      If anyone saw the foreign policy debate last night I think it's clear why our military would donate to Obama and prefer him as Commander-in-Chief. I'm sure troops are not anxious to see us waste trillions on old weapon systems Romney a lightweight.

      October 23, 2012 at 11:31 am | Reply
  3. Steve

    Some folks inherit star spangled eyes,
    Ooh, they send you down to war, Lord,
    And when you ask them, "How much should we give?"
    Ooh, they only answer More! more! more! yoh,

    October 17, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Reply
  4. Larry

    Funny how they forgot to mention that Ron Paul doubled Obama at one point in Military donations until he stopped running for President. If Ron Paul was still running he would still be doubling him.

    October 17, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Reply
    • phemale

      Larry, it is what it is!

      October 20, 2012 at 11:57 pm | Reply
      • phemale

        Perhaps they prefer someone who wants to end unnecessary wars; who made sure that families of fallen soldiers could be present when the body arrives at Dover AFB; who also ended the media blackout on coverage of their return, who has proposed giving companies that hire vets tax breaks; who has proven he cares more about vets services than the GOP administrations before him. Romney? Dan Senor, Paul Wolfowitz, John Bolton, and other Bush/Cheney armchair hawks are advising him on foreign policy. I think military knows more about what to expect from Romney than most people do.

        October 21, 2012 at 12:26 am |
  5. caedge

    Something is VERY fishy here... Why is it that in military POLLS Romney beats Obama by a WIDE margin? (I just double checked this.) So, this little exercise obviously indicates something – if you can trust it – but it's NOT that most people in the military plan to vote for Obama!

    October 17, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Reply
  6. usn

    This is very interesting. It should have been brought up earliar. The military supports Obama's policies, even Paul's policies are closer to Obama's than Mitt's. So for those of you that are always yelling that we should listen to the military, well listen to them. They don't want Romney.

    October 17, 2012 at 8:58 am | Reply
    • John

      I'm a veteran. I definately wouldn't follow Romney as Commander-in-Chief and neither Paul Ryan. Romney evaded the Draft during the Vietnam War while supporting it. His excuse was because he was a Mormon. Well, I got news for him. Cassius Clay went to jail because he used his religion. I see double standards there. Romney had no excuse and should have went to jail too. Futhermore, his sons are old enough to fight in Iraq or Afghanistan. So Mitt Romney rather see the 47% fight in his Wars?

      October 17, 2012 at 10:02 am | Reply

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