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Political fund raising - here’s a twist
Posted by: McQ on Friday, March 07, 2008

While both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have raised vastly more money than John McCain, the RNC has raised much more money than the DNC, and that could become a critical factor in the general election.

Why? Because:
Such party money can play a vital role in presidential campaigns because candidates are barred from using money they raise for the general election until they are nominated at the conventions. So the party money is often used before then — as well as after — to finance advertisements, direct mail and, ultimately, get-out-the-vote efforts.
GOTV, obviously, has been a Republican strength in previous elections, and the monetary advantage they enjoy (the DNC has spent most of its money while the RNC has outraised the DNC by 37 million) is going to let the RNC be much more active in those areas listed (and especially GOTV) than the Dems.

It also points to another reason that there is going to be tremendous resistance on the part of the DNC to paying for "do-over" election in Florida and Michigan. With estimates of 15 to 25 million cost in each state, the DNC isn't really able to pay for those elections. And even chipping in would seriously erode what little money they have left.

Another, in a long line of reasons, that many Democrats would like to see this bruising Democratic primary come to an end and come to an end soon. They know, as in the case of John Kerry, once a nominee is selected, their party fund raising will pick up dramatically. But if they have to wait until the convention, it could be crippled in comparison to the RNC's.
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After "Super Tuesday" the vote count was approximately 14 million Democratic vs. 8 million Republican......
Gonna take an awful lot of GOTV money to offset that...
Spin is spin............ and it may help........... some

Barry Goldwater was the absolute best candidate the Republican Party ever put on the ticket......... bar none...... and remember how that one turned out.

but keep talkin.......... and above all have fun... cuz what is to follow ain’t gonna be pleasant

Written By: darohu
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Spin is spin............ and it may help........... some
You need to stop by more often ... trust me, John McCain isn’t someone who’ll get a lot of votes from the writers on this blog (I know of three who refuse to vote for him, including me).

That said, money talks in politics and depending on how badly the Dems bloody themselves, it is entirely possible (and I wouldn’t have said this 3 months ago) that McCain could pull this off.
Written By: McQ
After "Super Tuesday" the vote count was approximately 14 million Democratic vs. 8 million Republican......
I’m pretty sure that once the final candidate is selected, you are going to see more voters showing up from the R side. The Dems have two dynamic candidates (to the Dems) and they are getting large turnout for the primaries. When the realization hits that one of them might be elected, I’m pretty sure we could see the largest turnout ever, in terms of both straight #’s and percentages.
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