So I'm putting together a story about May 2008 fundraising.

Just a sort of snapshot.

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The AP notes that McCain has raised $21.5 million in May, with $31.5 million in the bank; while the RNC has raised $23.5 million, with $53.6 in the bank. So I thought that it might be interesting to see what everybody else's numbers were.

I won't go over the gory details of the telephone calls: suffice it to say that you should reasonably expect the Democratic and Republican legislative groups to reveal their numbers somewhere around the filing deadline. And if the DNC ever gets back to me, they'll probably tell me about the same thing. Not bad phone service from any of the groups that I called up, by the way...

Except for the Obama Presidential campaign, oddly enough. You start with a automated voice messaging system (the Congressional/Senatorial groups have actual people taking the calls; that may be a volume thing, of course); followed up by the standard directory. The oddity, however, is that in five minutes of steadily-bemused calling I couldn't actually get a live person on the phone. The "leave-a-message" canned answers were always followed by a "Messages cannot be recorded," followed by a dial-zero-for-attendant, which led right back to "leave-a-message" - while trying to back into the system by hitting other options led to the all-operators-are-busy-please-call-back-later. The one exception I found to this was their contributions line, which gave the option to leave a message, which did work - or, at least, I got a beep. And, of course, the system took every opportunity to send people to the website, which (to me, at least) is corporate shorthand for "We don't actually want to talk to you." By contrast, John McCain 2008 connected me to an actual human being within one minute.

Not to be mean or anything, but I'm guessing that there's a certain difference in priority levels there.

Moe Lane

PS: I'm going to guess that the DNC / Obama folks release their numbers in a few weeks. Whether or it's going to be on a day with a natural disaster going on somewhere else is a question that each person must ask him- or herself.

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So I'm putting together a story about May 2008 fundraising. 6 Comments (0 topical, 6 editorial, 0 hidden) Post a comment »

Thanks for telling the story behind the story. Seems like if they had good things to say, it would be at least hinted at in some way, right?

...($55M) by March 6; March numbers ($40M) by April 4; and April's numbers ($31M) on May 20th.

So you tell me.

The Fuzzy Puppy of the VRWC. I've been usurped!

You also have to take into consideration the McCain was able to raise general election funds now and Obama was still raising primary funds. I bet there are a lot of big donor Clinton supporters who will now happily write a check to Obama's campaign. I expect May will be even lower because it was primary numbers, but June will be huge. Combine Obama and Clinton's numbers for February and you could make the argument that now that all those people can donate again you could see $100m. I don't expect it, but since his cost for raising money online is so much less he'll bank a higher percentage of what he does draw in. In fact doesn't Clinton have to return all the general money she raised since she lost? What percentage of those millions will turn around and goto Obama?

In May, Hillary hadn't conceded yet.

Don't you want to wait for June's Obama numbers, to see what happens with Hillary's backers? Are they going to start contributing $$$ to Obama, or will they hang back--or will a few of them even consider backing McCain?

What we really need to see is how much cash Obama has on hand after the Dems have settled on their candidate. McCain has been the GOP candidate now for a couple of months.

Master it.

The Fuzzy Puppy of the VRWC. I've been usurped!

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