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):

RNC
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:

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"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)
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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)

MNGOP vs. DFL

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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