Wednesday, March 03, 2004

Comparing Sizes

Dave Winer reports:

According to a source close to the Kerry campaign, they will announce shortly that they have raised over $1 million through their website in the last 24 hours. This is apparently a record, at its peak the Dean campaign didn't raise so much in one day.

Not to get into a "whose is bigger" contest, but while Dean's single day record of approximately $700,000 is smaller than the alleged $1 million haul for Kerry, there are a couple of other factors to take into consideration:

  1. Dean achieved his personal best at a time when the field was still chock full of legitimate contenders while Kerry's big pay day came on the day when he essentially locked up the nomination. Thus, he got the benefit of being the only logical place to send your money (note: I contributed $10 yesterday myself).
  2. Dean achieved his personal best in the days after Iowa when many political prognosticators were saying that his campaign was fatally wounded. Yes, he did eventually lose, but a come-back was still achievable at that stage. So, not only was Dean hauling in the bucks in a competitive field he was doing it from dedicated supporters who believed in what his candidacy represented.

If it is true that Kerry made $1 million yesterday then I am very happy for him. He will need all the money he can get to hold par with Bush. I just wanted to put forward a little Dean pride.


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