Monday, August 18, 2003

Bush Fundraising Juggernaut?

Phoenix Women, a regular poster on Salon Table Talk, brings up an important point I have mentioned before:
The press likes to throw cold water on Democratic presidential candidates by bringing up Bush's "insurmountable" fundraising advantage. But take a look at this: <http://www.opensecrets.org/presidential/index.asp> George W. Bush (R) $35,109,600 ================= John Kerry (D) $16,028,266 John Edwards (D) $11,936,277 Howard Dean (D) $10,547,980 Dick Gephardt (D) $9,750,802 Joe Lieberman (D) $8,151,575 Lyndon H. Larouche Jr (D) $4,755,882 Bob Graham (D) $3,136,326 Dennis Kucinich (D) $1,718,354 Carol Moseley Braun (D) $217,109 Al Sharpton (D) $184,415 Note that the three top Dems (including Dean) together have $3 million more than Bush. And that when you add in the rest of the field, it's actually way more than that -- over $30 million more, in fact. Why isn't the media mentioning this? Why instead are they reciting the BushBorg "Resistance is futile" spiel? Gee, it wouldn't be because they want to have the progressives demoralized and unwilling to fight Bush, now, is it?
I'm not sure if it is a deliberate attempt to demoralize Democrats or it is just an example of the typical herd mentality of the press pack. They hear that Bush is going to raise 3-4 times as much as any one of the Democratic candidates and they immediately report that he is out-fundraising all the Democratic candidates. They haven't the sophistication to understand the difference.

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