July 11, 2008


What Happened to Obama's $100 Million June? (Jake Tapper, July 11, 2008, Political Punch)

Sen. Barack Obama's fundraisers were predicting an unreal fundraising month for their candidate.

“One hundred million dollars this June — it’s definitely within reach,” Obama fundraiser Wade Randlett said last month to The Hill. [...]

But in today's Wall Street Journal, Christopher Cooper and Susan Davis report that "June fund-raising for Sen. Obama appears to be falling below the expectations of some supporters. The campaign hasn't released its June numbers, but people close to the fund-raising operation say the total will likely be just over $30 million. While this isn't a poor showing, it is an underwhelming haul for a campaign that has ballooned in recent months, has promised a true, 50-state electioneering effort and has told its biggest fund-raisers that it wants to collect $300 million in general-election cash by mid-October."

...is that the month is never November.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 11, 2008 8:54 AM

The primaries were too long. Too much money was spent far too early. Too many sources are either tapped out or are angry after the long (bitter) fight.

He has a month and a half to get them mollified before the sprint.

Posted by: Mikey at July 11, 2008 10:31 AM

Mayhaps his being "flexible and pragmatic" is taking a toll? The nutroots are rebelling against his vote for FISA, his come lately anit-abortion stance, his nuance on Iraq withdrawals, his constant regrets and u-turns... They may still vote for him but they ain't going to finance his stylish flip-flops.

Posted by: ic at July 11, 2008 11:30 AM

We can only be so lucky that Obama tries to run "a true, 50-state electioneering effort." He has no shot in more than half the states, and trying to campaign in most every red state will do nothing but drive up the Republican turnout. It'd be a similar mistake to the one the GOP made by trying to campaign in Hawaii the last week of the 2004 campaign. All it did was boost Democrat turnout and lead to catastrophic defeats for Republicans on every level.

Posted by: b at July 11, 2008 11:33 AM

The other nice thing about a "50 state campaign" will be having He Whose Full Name Shall Not Be Uttered (pbuh) spending his limited time and money in places like Mass. and Calif. and New York and Hawaii where he has no chance of losing.

His campaign seems to have the attitude of a Lottery winner, the kind that throws money around only to end up deep in debt and bankrupt in a few years.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at July 11, 2008 12:23 PM
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