PRESS RELEASE: Asian Americans Criticize President Obama’s Latest Silicon Valley Fundraising Tactics: Urge Grassroots Campaign Events

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PRESS RELEASEFor immediate release
May 21, 2012

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Asian Americans Criticize President Obama’s Latest Silicon Valley Fundraising Tactics: Urge Grassroots Campaign Events

 

San Bruno, CA – The National Asian American Coalition, which recently conducted an in person poll of the Pan-Asian American community of Southern California, has sent a letter to the President criticizing his continuing focus on raising funds from super-wealthy Asian Americans rather than campaigning and educating Asian American voters.  The letter is attached.

 

For example, the President, on the morning of May 24th at the Garden Court Hotel in Palo Alto, will have a fundraiser at almost $40,000 a head for super-wealthy Asian Americans.

 

Based on our Asian American presidential poll of May 12th, the NAAC urges the President to complement his fundraising with major grassroots campaigning throughout California and to effectively campaign for the divided Asian American swing vote in states such as Nevada and Virginia.

 

Faith Bautista, the CEO and President of the NAAC, said, “Asian Americans throughout the nation are probably close to equally divided as to who would make a better President between Romney and Obama.   In key swing states such as Nevada and Virginia, the absence of effective campaigning directed as Asian Americans could be fatal to the campaigns of the presidential candidates.”

 

“Nationally, there are eighteen million Asian Americans and almost six million in California.   We therefore urge the President to not only effectively raise money in California and other states from affluent Asian Americans, but to actively and vigorously campaign at the grassroots level for the Asian American vote in California and the nation.”

 

“We are similarly urging presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who appears, according to our May 12th poll, to have a slight lead over President Obama, to campaign just as vigorously for our vote as for our money.”

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