In case some of you hadn’t heard already, the latest campaign finance numbers were released this past week. I had to go to a couple of different places to find everything, and from what I can tell, John McCain’s camp is not releasing just how much he brought in during the month of February.
One report says that he has about $5 million in cash on hand, but is still significantly in debt. Compare that, if you will, to the money-making machine that is Barack Hussein Obama.
$50 million — Sen. Barack Obama
$35 million — Sen. Hillary Clinton
Undisclosed — Sen. John McCain
$36 million — Sen. Obama
$14 million — Sen. Clinton
$12 million — Sen. McCain
OVERALL (as of January 31, 2008)
SEN. BARACK OBAMA
$24,940,159 cash on hand
SEN. HILLARY CLINTON
$29,186,341 cash on hand
SEN. JOHN McCAIN
$5,198,421 cash on hand
Now, a lot of things have happened since that last set of numbers was calculated back on January 31. McCain has proven to be the eventual GOP nominee, and Obama has established himself as a veritable deity among voters on the left. In fact, with regard to the latter, I was extremely surprised to hear that Clinton garnered $35 million in February campaign contributions. The thought of fraud even crossed my mind (imagine that, with a Clinton!) — until I heard that Obama pulled in $50 million.
Either way, the leading two democrats have pulled in more money in February alone than McCain has throughout his entire candidacy. That ain’t particularly reassuring.
Even scarier is that, even with about $190 million received to date, Obama still has plenty of wiggle-room among his contributors. While Hillary Clinton, for example, has raised almost as much as the Illinois senator, she has apparently done so from a relatively smaller number of donors who are already maxed out, whereas Obama has pulled from a enormous number of donors, many of which have only given small amounts so far. Apparently, only one-third of his contributors have reached the maximum of $2300.
I hope that GOP contributors step up. I worry that, come this fall, the only McCain-sponsored television spots will be on late-night television between infomercials touting the benefits of knives that can cut through running shoes, fitness machines that require no exertion, and ways to get rich through clipping diaper creme coupons and reselling them to intoxicated, mid-day martini-swilling soccer moms.