Rich donors who give to charitable causes are angry that President Barack Obama is again pushing to extend taxes on charitable donations by the wealthy, said Diana Aviv, president and CEO of Independent Sector, a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group for nonprofits.
“In the last few days, I’ve been inundated, absolutely inundated” with angry emails from wealthy donors,” said Aviv, who gave Obama $2,800 in the 2008 campaign, and another $1,000 in June 2011, according to data collected by the Center for Responsive Politics. Aviv added that many of those emails are coming from donors who supported Democrats in 2008
This breach between Obama and some of his wealthy supporters is echoed in other reports. On Sept. 6, Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen wrote that all his Democratic acquaintances in the wealthy Hamptons region on Long Island were disillusioned with Obama’s performance in office.
“Over the Labor Day weekend, I went to a number of events in the Hamptons. At all of them, Obama was discussed,” he wrote. “At none of them — that’s none — was he defended … I am talking about writers and editors, lawyers and shrinks, Wall Street tycoons and freelance photographers, hedge funders and academics, run-of-the-mill Democrats and Democratic activists. They were all politically sophisticated, and just a year ago some of them were still vociferous Obama supporters. No more.”