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Follow the Money - part XVII
Posted by: McQ on Friday, February 01, 2008

A whole different sort of voting going on out there:
Sens. Clinton of New York and Obama of Illinois continued their fundraising dominance in the fourth quarter of last year. Clinton brought in $26.8 million, while Obama raised $22.8 million.

Compare that to the GOP candidates, none of whom came close to matching either Democrat.

McCain, the Arizona senator who has emerged as the front-runner, raised $6.8 million, but had to take out a loan to keep his campaign afloat. Romney, the wealthy former Massachusetts governor, brought in $9 million in contributions, but loaned his campaign twice that amount. Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor, raised $6.6 million. And topping the field with an impressive $19.7 million raised in the fourth quarter was Paul, the libertarian-leaning Texas congressman, though he barely registers in polls.
Check out the Paul numbers vs. the Republican "front runner". Has to give you a chuckle. And, of course each of the Dems have raised 4 to 5 times the money raised than McCain. The only Rep close is Paul, who manages much more money than percentage of primary votes.
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I think it’s fairly well known that the voting turnout has also been much lower for Republicans so far. Both situations underscore the "meh" or worse that Republicans are feeling about these candidates. Paul is the exception because his supporters, few though they may be, are passionate. If you know what I mean.
Written By: Linus
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This feeds my notion that Paul ran the campaign he ran, highlighting the issue he highlighted, for the money.

He sacrificed electability for cash. Even if he can’t use it directly, that’s quite a piggybank he has some influence over.
Written By: jpm100
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Ron Paul was never really electable — he’d never pull a Romney and change his positions to match the polls. But he might win Maine this weekend — I wouldn’t say it likely, but he has a shot. As goes Maine...
Written By: Scott Erb
What you are seeing is the result of the complete abandonment of the small government platform by both the white house and the Republicans in congress.

The irony is that they abandoned limited government in an effort to be popular, when in reality it was the only issue that Republicans ever had (besides anti-communism) that ever made them popular.

Written By: kyleN

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