Wednesday, February 01, 2006

GOP fundraising numbers - Update

Yesterday, January 31, was the deadline for campaign finance forms to be turned in to the appropriate agencies.

Here are how the numbers stack up (hint: the Republicans faired better than the Democrats):

vs. DNC

At the end of 2005, the RNC had $34 million in the bank, compared to the DNC's $5 million. Many Democratic Congressional leaders aren't too happy about that one. (Source: Drudge Report, Jan. 30, 2005)

The GOP's $29 million lead is a ratio of 6.8 to 1.

Keep up the good work Howard.

Pawlenty vs. DFL field

Tim Pawlenty: Raised $811,696, On hand $721,163
Mike Hatch: Raised $501,683, On hand $401,714
Steve Kelley: Raised $250,000, On hand- $34,836
Becky Lourey: Raised $63,174, On hand $5,003
Kelly Doran*: Raised $4,714, Self loaned $1.85 million, In debt (on hand) $1,019,738
* Denotes a self-financed candidates who is throwing away money.
(Source: Star Tribune, Feb. 1, 2006)

Wow, clearly Doran, Lourey and Kelley have a spending problem. Kelley and Lourey aren't felt with too much cash. Doran is spending way to much, and has nothing to show for it. I would expect a man with that kind of business background to realize when he's made a bad investment.

Hatch, who has been raising money since Jan. 1st, 2005, should have faired much better. Oh wait I forgot. He's alienated most DFLers.

In response to Kelly Doran's numbers, Chairman Ron Carey had this to say:

"With today's dreary fundraising numbers, it is now clear that Kelly Doran's content-free candidacy is not connecting with Minnesotans. Since jumping into the governor's race in September after failing in his bid for the U.S. Senate, Doran has raised a paltry $4,700.

"It appears Kelly Doran is just about the only person who wants to see Kelly Doran as governor." (Source: MNGOP Press Release, Jan. 31, 2006)

Gov. Pawlenty has the advantage here. When his opponents are out fundraising, he'll be out shaking hands and kissing babies.

Kennedy vs. Klobuchar

Mark Kennedy
raised $3.65 million in 2005 and ended the year with $2.65 million (Source: Mark Kennedy '06 Press Release, Jan. 30, 2006) compared to Amy Klobuchar's $1.73 million in the bank. (Source: MDE via the Associated Press, Jan. 31, 2006)


The GOP currently has $0 Abramoff-related funds while the DFL has $9000 in Abramoff-related funds from 2002 (which it refuses to give back).

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Now I know that money is only part of the battle, but this will gives the GOP a clear advantage going into 2006.


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