A Few Fundraising Notes
Much has been made of the superior fundraising skills of the Democrats, who have raised double the amount that Republicans have raised this quarter. However, these stats are a bit misleading. The Democrats have basically two candidates (Hillary and Barack) who have a chance of getting the nominiation, and most of the party has gone to one of these candidates. The Republicans have four candidates with a shot at the nomination, and it is likely that many Republican donors are holding off on their donations until the GOP race starts to comes into focus.
In a related note, Barack Obama has more donors than Republican candidates combined. Sounds impressive, huh? Until you realize that Obama includes as donors everyone who has bought anything from his campaign, including keychains and bumper stickers. By using this creative counting method, Obama inflates his donor totals into a much more impressive number.