Tis The Season To Be Jolly

That is if you are one of Obama’s campaign staffers…

Now I do not what to hear any Obama supports who donated money to his campaign, complain about not having money for the holiday season to buy presents for your kids… You gave it to Obama and he decided to spread your wealth around… Around his campaign staff that is. So this year when you are struggling to have a nice holiday for you family and you cannot afford it, remember that Obama staffers got a bonus equal to one months salary… plus they can keep their laptops and blackberrys…

Recite this statement three times…

“It was totally unexpected, and you can’t believe how helpful this is with the holidays coming,” the lower-level worker said. “A lot of people thought they were going to be broke and would have to try to find a job in this rotten economy. It’s a huge help.”

So what about those that donated to the campaign that may have lost their jobs and are struggling already…

Well at least this lower-level worker will not have to worry about finding a job for at least a month….

Now go and pray to the One…

I also wonder if their service for their blackberrys is included until the current contracts end…

More Change You Can Believe In!

 

Updated Friday, November 14th 2008, 10:14 AM

WASHINGTON – Barack Obamaended his campaign so flush with cash he’s telling staffers to keep the change – and then some.

Long-suffering political footsoldiers who toiled tirelessly, at least since September, to put Obama in theWhite House recently learned they will be getting extra paychecks worth a month’s salary, the Daily News has learned.

And boy, are they grateful.

“I think it’s a very nice gesture for people who slaved away and sacrificed for the past year,” said one pleased ex-staffer.

“It was totally unexpected, and you can’t believe how helpful this is with the holidays coming,” the lower-level worker said. “A lot of people thought they were going to be broke and would have to try to find a job in this rotten economy. It’s a huge help.”

In addition to the cold cash, staffers also have the option of keeping their campaign-issued computers andBlackBerrys – but must pay income tax on the hardware if they do.

It’s an almost unprecedented move at the end of a presidential campaign, even a winning one, because usually they are flat broke, having taken public financing and gone through every last penny.

But Obama skipped public financing and raised more than $600 million, including more than $150 million in September, and nearly $40 million in the first couple of weeks of October.

If this silver parachute approaches his September payroll, it’ll be worth upward of $3 million.

A bunch of John McCain staffers will get checks that cover much of this month, but it’s nothing like the widespread lucre flowing around Obamaland.

“They certainly didn’t pay bonuses in the McCain campaign,” one ex-staffer there said.

President Bush helped a lot of his campaign folks in 2004, moving many to theRepublican National Committee payroll until December.

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Billionaire Mayor Bloomberg rewarded his campaign staff with fat bonuses, but he could afford to. It’s seldom so generous on the Democratic side.

“Most campaigns you have to wait months for your last check,” an Obama staffer said. “I’m not sure this has ever been done before. Definitely not that I’ve seen.”

“I’ve heard of two weeks [pay] before, but nothing beyond that. This is very generous,” said a veteran Democratic political operative.

Word of the cash bonanza for Obama’s loyal troops comes as the President-elect has begun raising money to retire the Democratic National Committee‘s debt, even tapping his precious e-mail list to help out.

And while Obama splashes his staff with cash, Hillary Clinton is still in hock for about $21 million, including about $13 million she lent herself and will never get back.

Although she’s banking on Obama to help her pay down the remaining $8 million, he can’t use any leftover campaign cash. He’d have to tap his donors anew for her.

Clinton took care of about 40 of her campaign staffers by shifting them to the payroll of her political action committee.

It’s unclear how much campaign cash Obama has left in his war chest, a tally he’ll have to report to the feds this month.

mmcauliff@nydailynews.com

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