Thursday, April 01, 2004
Today, President Bush's campaign filed a complaint with the Federal Elections Commission against the big money being used by groups who are supportive of John Kerry. This is the same President Bush that has refused to abide by voluntary spending limits (and then Kerry followed suit), and who has raised a record amount of money from wealthy interests for his campaign.
The thing is, the Democrats seem to be doing better among the super rich while the Republicans are doing better among the simply rich (see March 15 Daily Post.) So, it will take 50 of Bush's Rangers, each raising $200,000 in $2000 chunks, to counter George Soros, who has given $10 million to various groups that are attacking Bush. And of course, it would take four thousand regular folks, each giving 50 bucks, to match the clout of just one Bush Pioneer. Neither the Rangers (mostly corporate execs) nor Soros (a wealthy liberal from New York city) really represents the rest of us.
All in all, Bush still has a huge lead. According to this Washington Post story, his campaign just spent $40 million on TV ads. Kerry's campaign spent about $6 million in the same period, and outside groups spent another $13 million in ads slinging mud at the president. I guess having a two-to-one big money advantage isn't good enough for George W. Bush.