According to Diana Aviv, president and CEO of Independent Sector, a D.C.-based advocacy group for nonprofits, President Obama is angering wealthy donors by pushing to extend taxes on charitable donations by the wealthy. Aviv asserts that her office has been ‘absolutely inundated’ with vitriolic emails from wealthy donors. Aviv, who herself has donated $3,800 to the president, told the Daily Caller that many of the emails are coming from donors who supported Democrats in 2008.
The media has begun to question if there has been a breach between Obama and his wealthy supporters. Recently, Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) won public support from noted 2008 Obama backer Anthony Scarramucci, a managing partner at Skybridge Capital. It was reported in July that several other former Wall Street Obama donors asked Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) to challenge the president.
The president doesn’t appear to be hurting for donations, however. His campaign announced in July that it raised $6 million for the DNC and his reelection in the second quarter of 2011 alone.