Good news: Likely GOP nominee ends year with $4.5 million in campaign debt

posted at 12:01 pm on January 31, 2008 by Allahpundit

Another confidence builder. Granted, the wheezing spendthrift McCain campaign of 2007 isn’t the leaner juggernaut of 2008, but you read that story in the context of this one. Even having won three close primaries, with momentum at full throttle, he’s probably going to finish the month somewhere in the neighborhood of $12-15 million. Sound good? Here’s what Drudge is teasing right now:

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Note the number of new donors; the AP article linked above says McCain’s total base of contributors is 110,000. Which brings us to Geraghty, posing an obvious question that I neglected to include in my preview of Maverick’s chances in the general yesterday. Plenty of conservatives who say now that they won’t vote for him will end up doing so in the end. But will they donate to him? Nope. Plenty of rank and file Republicans will just to try to beat the Democrats, but there’s going to be a shortfall from the McCain-haters. And depending upon who his opponent is, that shortfall could be big. Behold:

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Obama pulls about 8% each from McCain and from the “stay home” contingent that Hillary doesn’t. Those numbers won’t hold after a long summer campaign but they’re an awful place to start from.

Incidentally, Mitt won’t say (yet) how much he’s donated to his campaign so he may be running in the red too if you control for his checkbook.


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Enron, instead of only donating a limited amount of money according to the old law, can now donate unlimited amounts to 527s, which will then use the same money to make campaign adds supporting whatever floats their boat.

Yeah, Sen McCain sure kept the money out of politics!

Weebork on January 31, 2008 at 1:23 PM

I’m glad Mac wants to keep my voice equal with Enron. Those opposed should be ashamed of themselves and owe this forum a sincere apology, like right now.

THE CHOSEN ONE on January 31, 2008 at 1:20 PM

I’m very sorry and ashamed…

…that you haven’t been banned yet.

Hollowpoint on January 31, 2008 at 1:24 PM

I don’t understand how anyone’s voice was equal to Enrons after the legislation. Enron now had the ability to give unlimited sums of money to -ahem- advocacy groups -ahem- instead of being limited to a small sum.

lorien1973 on January 31, 2008 at 1:24 PM

lorien on January 31, 2008 at 1:24 PM

I’m glad I’m not the only one who thinks knows that!

Weebork on January 31, 2008 at 1:26 PM

So you all agree his attempt was noble, but poor execution. Is that it? Oh, now I understand why no one has apologized. That is a legitimate beef, I thought most were attempting to say that he’s for big business.

THE CHOSEN ONE on January 31, 2008 at 1:29 PM

It’s like gettin’ communion from the anti-pope.

THE CHOSEN ONE on January 31, 2008 at 12:51 PM

Fixed that for you.

Connie on January 31, 2008 at 1:29 PM

So you all agree his attempt was noble, but poor execution. Is that it?

No. There is nothing noble in limiting free speech.

Slublog on January 31, 2008 at 1:30 PM

Hollowpoint on January 31, 2008 at 1:24 PM

I make a fun target though.

THE CHOSEN ONE on January 31, 2008 at 1:31 PM

Oh, that’s it. You owe this board a sincere apology, like right now.

Slublog on January 31, 2008 at 1:23 PM

I’m sincerely sorry that the Clintons were engaged in such shady fundraising practices that McCain-Feingold actually sounded like a good idea to some people at the time.

THE RIGHT TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS FREE SPEECH IS NOT ABSOLUTE!!!

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And I’m REALLY sincerely sorry that I have to explain to others that I’m joking.

Hollowpoint on January 31, 2008 at 1:31 PM

Don’t try and talk to the person who named him/her/itself the chosen one, using all upper case letters of course, and be sure to avoid facts.

He/she/it is delusional and lives in a world where facts do not matter. McCain support is all that matters. Grand statements n support of Immature McCain that fall apart with the most simple of fact checks are just part of the job/lifestyle.

Voidseeker on January 31, 2008 at 1:31 PM

Slublog on January 31, 2008 at 1:30 PM

Exactly!

JDH on January 31, 2008 at 1:32 PM

When Mac is pres, he’ll straighten out that ol’ 527 thing.

THE CHOSEN ONE on January 31, 2008 at 1:33 PM

For those of you who like to wrap yourself in the constitution. Should the second ammendment protect your right to buy a TANK OR AIRCRAFT CARRIER?

THE CHOSEN ONE on January 31, 2008 at 1:34 PM

When Mac is pres, he’ll straighten out that ol’ 527 thing.

We know. That is exactly why so many of us oppose him.

Slublog on January 31, 2008 at 1:34 PM

When Mac is pres, he’ll straighten out that ol’ 527 thing.

THE CHOSEN ONE on January 31, 2008 at 1:33 PM

I rest my case.

Voidseeker on January 31, 2008 at 1:34 PM

For those of you who like to wrap yourself in the constitution. Should the second ammendment protect your right to buy a TANK OR AIRCRAFT CARRIER?

THE CHOSEN ONE on January 31, 2008 at 1:34 PM

Damn, rested my case just a tad bit too early it would seem…

Voidseeker on January 31, 2008 at 1:35 PM

When Mac is pres, he’ll straighten out that ol’ 527 thing.

He could try to fix it now. He is still a Senator. God willing, that is what he will still be on January 20, 2009.

JDH on January 31, 2008 at 1:35 PM

This blog’s got a fever. And the only prescription is more moderates.

THE CHOSEN ONE on January 31, 2008 at 1:37 PM

Actually you sound more like an unhinged progressive, but that’s just me.

Kai on January 31, 2008 at 1:38 PM

Kai on January 31, 2008 at 1:38 PM

Its not just you.

EnochCain on January 31, 2008 at 1:39 PM

Oh and I’d love to have a mint M4 Sherman Tank.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088224/

Kai on January 31, 2008 at 1:39 PM

Oh and I’d love to have a mint M4 Sherman Tank.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088224/

Kai on January 31, 2008 at 1:39 PM

I love that movie. lol

EnochCain on January 31, 2008 at 1:40 PM

I just saw the clip where Mac breaks out the endorsement of the conservative Boston Herald right into Romnee’s grill. I wish Romley would stop bringing a knife to a gunfight.

THE CHOSEN ONE on January 31, 2008 at 1:40 PM

THE CHOSEN ONE on January 31, 2008 at 1:37 PM

You mean the “if you stand for nothing, you fall for everything” crowd?

Connie on January 31, 2008 at 1:42 PM

This blog’s got a fever. And the only prescription is more moderates.

THE CHOSEN ONE on January 31, 2008 at 1:37 PM

Explain to me how you, as a professed moderate, differ from a Democrat. Please.

Zetterson on January 31, 2008 at 1:42 PM

Let’s have a BAKE SALE!

bloggless on January 31, 2008 at 1:43 PM

McCain’s money will come. It will just come from his big business Shamnesty slave labor craving buddies. It sure as hell won’t come from me though. That you can be sure of.

Zetterson on January 31, 2008 at 1:46 PM

Zetterson on January 31, 2008 at 1:42 PM

I’d like to bomb 1 our of every three middle east countries to dust.

THE CHOSEN ONE on January 31, 2008 at 1:49 PM

Oh and I’d love to have a mint M4 Sherman Tank.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088224/

Kai on January 31, 2008 at 1:39 PM

How bout your own reserve of Mustard Gas?

THE CHOSEN ONE on January 31, 2008 at 1:51 PM

THE CHOSEN ONE on January 31, 2008 at 1:49 PM

How are you going to do that if you don’t have any Aircraft Carriers or Tanks???

Kai on January 31, 2008 at 1:53 PM

Who needs mustard gas when you have the internet?

Kai on January 31, 2008 at 1:53 PM

THE CHOSEN ONE on January 31, 2008 at 1:49 PM

Deranged -and- confused. Quite an interesting set of psychological problems you’ve got for yourself.

lorien1973 on January 31, 2008 at 2:06 PM

I’d like to bomb 1 our of every three middle east countries to dust.

THE CHOSEN ONE on January 31, 2008 at 1:49 PM

Ummm. You do know that the last president to wipe out a country with bombs was a Democrat? Right?

So again, I’ll ask, how is it that your views differ from a Democrat’s?

Zetterson on January 31, 2008 at 2:18 PM

Zetterson on January 31, 2008 at 2:18 PM

You can try till the cows come home to convince me that there is any candidate left with credible foreign policy experience. That doesn’t mean I’ll change my mind.

THE CHOSEN ONE on January 31, 2008 at 2:21 PM

THE CHOSEN ONE on January 31, 2008 at 1:51 PM

Oh please if you are licensed you can already get nerve agents.
We call those pesticides .
Reckon is one. The tell tail sign it is a nerve agent is found in the statement of practical treatment. atropine is an Antidote

Mojack420 on January 31, 2008 at 2:35 PM

Here’s a fresh question: How is McCain’s health? He’ll be 72 this August-is it unfair to ask if his health is good, whether he can stand the rigors of the hardest job in the world?
I’m young enough to remember how the newspapers daily questioned whether Ronald Reagan was too old to be Commander in Chief. Those same newspapers are now boosting McCain, as they see him as the most beatable opponent for HClinton.
I think it’s fair to ask about McCain’s health. If elected, he surely would last only one term. If Romney wins, and then won re-election, he’d still be younger than McCain is right now.

Doug on January 31, 2008 at 2:52 PM

If he can’t stay in the black with his campaign, he won’t be able to get this country in the black.

I’m with Mitt!

madmonkphotog on January 31, 2008 at 3:05 PM

One of the things that amuses me the most about the McCain supporters.

He has been in Congress… like… forever.

Most of what he says he wants done will have to be done by CONGRESS…

Of course… Shrillary and Obama are in the same boat.

They are already IN the correct job for the vast majority of their agenda. And yet… they want a PROMOTION for doing nothing about the problems we have….

Why promote someone who has so screwed up the job they already have?

Romeo13 on January 31, 2008 at 3:09 PM

No Worries! Soros and Calderone will pick up McCain’s tab. He is doing a yeoman’s job for them.

LegendHasIt on January 31, 2008 at 3:50 PM

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