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Day Two

Another $286,887 for Dr. Dean, bringing the total up to $592,415. Average contribution of $62.92. At this rate, it seems we won’t make the $5 million goal. But the thing to keep in mind is that it will ramp up as the end of the quarter approaches. Not only that, but there will be several Dean fundraising events in these next 8 days that will bring in lots of funds.

Why is the money important? Money gets attention. The media have been falling all over Clark for the last several days, but when the end of the quarter comes and the Dean campaign is able to announce its 3rd quarter totals, the media will be falling all over Dean’s fundraising prowess. They spent July talking about 2nd quarter fundraising. They spent August talking about how left, center, or electable he was. They spent the last month talking about how Kerry, Gephardt, or whoever could beat Dean. It’s time to get them talking about Dean beating Bush.

These continued news reports will serve the all-important purpose of getting Dean’s name into more households and setting him up as Bush’s challenger. The name recognition really needs to go up. Polls still show a vast majority of Democrats unable to name any candidates. With Bush’s approval ratings showing a steady, but slow decline, Dean can make the case for a Dean Presidency.

Day One

In the last 24 hours, another $305,528 was raised by 4912 contributors, bringing the total to $342,034. Overall, that’s an average contribution of $62.49.

For these last ten days of September, the campaign has two goals: raise $5 million, and get 450,000 supporters. $4.6 million and 37,000 people to go. This “September to Remember” will culminate with a kick-ass end of quarter event at Union Station in Downtown LA. You can bet good money that the energy is going to be out of control when the final figures come in.

And for those of you who were wondering, John Kerry’s got almost $100,000 in his hammer drive, but it’s taken him a few days to do it.

America’s Finest News Source, and Uncannily Prescient

From the January 18, 2001 issue of the Onion:

The Onion | Bush: ‘Our Long National Nightmare Of Peace And Prosperity Is Finally Over’

Bush swore to do “everything in [his] power” to undo the damage wrought by Clinton’s two terms in office, including selling off the national parks to developers, going into massive debt to develop expensive and impractical weapons technologies, and passing sweeping budget cuts that drive the mentally ill out of hospitals and onto the street.

During the 40-minute speech, Bush also promised to bring an end to the severe war drought that plagued the nation under Clinton, assuring citizens that the U.S. will engage in at least one Gulf War-level armed conflict in the next four years.

Now if only they could have let us know about the terrorist attacks.

End of 3rd Quarter

The Dean campaign has brought back the bat. In the first four hours, $36,506.71 was raised with 525 contributions. Average contribution: $69.54.

Kerry’s had his competing “hammer” up for 3-4 days, and has raised about $80,000.

The folks here at StudioGlyphic talk a lot about the amount of money that’s being raised, and I’m sure our readers get a little sick of it. But we also point out the number of contributions and the average contribution because we think it’s important. Most political campaigns raise money by holding special luncheons or dinners with donors who can contribute $2000 or $1000 a head. Bush has his Rangers and Pioneers–mostly wealthy people who tap their wealthy friends to contribute the maximum amount of $2000.

The Dean campaign is different. These are ordinary people taking money out of their wallets to give to a cause they believe in. They believe in the message, or they think he’s the one who can take on BushCo, or both. This is not empty rhetoric. Take a look yourself:

The Center for Responsive Politics broke down the annual fundraising amounts (as of 2nd quarter) to show which candidates were getting the big bucks. Here are the top four fundraisers:

Bush, George W – 12,297 (76%)
Edwards, John – 3,825 (67%)
Kerry, John – 3,480 (56%)
Dean, Howard – 798 (16%)

The first number is the number of contributors who contributed $2000+. The second number is the percentage of the funds raised that these contributions represent. Three-quarters, two-thirds, and a little over half of the money Dean’s competitors have raised comes from these $2,000+ contributions. Only one-sixth of the money Dean’s raised is in the form of $2,000+ contributions.

Insofar as fundraising represents viability as well as the means to reach voters via advertising and on-the-ground campaigning, we interpret these numbers as a sign of Dean’s grassroots appeal. There’s another side to this as well. With 84% of the money coming from contributions under $2,000, there’s room to tap into this donor pool again and again.

It’s us against them! More shrillness about France.

“What is so amazing to me about the French campaign — ‘Operation America Must Fail’ — is that France seems to have given no thought as to how this would affect France. Let me spell it out in simple English: if America is defeated in Iraq by a coalition of Saddamists and Islamists, radical Muslim groups — from Baghdad to the Muslim slums of Paris — will all be energized, and the forces of modernism and tolerance within these Muslim communities will be on the run. To think that France, with its large Muslim minority, where radicals are already gaining strength, would not see its own social fabric affected by this is fanciful.”

–Thomas Friedman, Our War With France

Once again, the discussion is being framed as Islam vs. the West, with the US standing in for the West. To hear Friedman tell it, we are making the last stand against the tide of Saracen domination.