The Money Game

by Ryan on April 2, 2007

in Politics

As recently reported, here’s some of the total fundraising numbers from the first three months of campaigning for 2008:

  1. She Who Must Not Be Named: $26 million raised, plus ten million sloppy-seconds from her Senate campaign.
  2. Mitt Romney: $23 million
  3. Barry Obama: $21 million

Rounding out the top also-rans:

  1. $17 million for Rudy Giuliani
  2. $14 million for John Edwards
  3. McCain has not, as of yet, released his numbers…

Why are these numbers important? In the age of McCain-Feingold (or what many like to affectionately call the “Incumbency Protection Act of 2002″) raising money early is about the only way lesser known candidates can get their voice heard without relying on those wonderful 527s we warmly remember from ’04 and ’06, or having their speech stifled two months before the election, when coincidentally everyone’s paying attention.

Some also believe that money equals popularity, so the thought is that the candidate who raises the most money is the true front-runner. I tend to disagree. I think a better gauge is numbers of contributors not how much they contributed at this point. Unfortunately, money equals access to TV ads and a larger campaign infrastructure to get one’s message to the people (or effectively hide or reinvent it in the case of SWMNBN).

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