September 9, 2008

OF STRONG HORSES, WEAK HORSES AND UNICORNS:

Straining to Reach Money Goal, Obama Presses Donors (MICHAEL LUO and JEFF ZELENY, 9/09/08, NY Times)

After months of record-breaking fund-raising, a new sense of urgency in Senator Barack Obama’s fund-raising team is palpable as the full weight of the campaign’s decision to bypass public financing for the general election is suddenly upon it.

Pushing a fund-raiser later this month, a finance staff member sent a sharply worded note last week to Illinois members of its national finance committee, calling their recent efforts “extremely anemic.” [...]

The signs of concern have become evident in recent weeks as early fund-raising totals have suggested that Mr. Obama’s decision to bypass public financing may not necessarily afford him the commanding financing advantage over Senator John McCain that many had originally predicted.


How are his fundraisers supposed to peddle influence when it looks like he may not have any? He's not even a significant Senator.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 9, 2008 7:20 AM
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