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.