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Campaigns in No Rush to Tip Hands

One sign that this year's presidential contenders may have had a tough time raising money this summer was that no one wanted to report their totals on the last day of the quarter, as they have typically done.

Instead, many of the contenders spent Sunday blasting out pleading emails to their supporters as they tried to soak up every last possible dollar.

"Ten hours left," said one appeal from John Edwards's senior adviser Joe Trippi. "This is i--?there's no 'later' this time. We're so close to hitting our goal, and your contribution--no matter how big or small--could be the one that puts us over the top. Please give what you can." According to the email, Edwards was close to raising $1 million on line for the quarter, about a quarter of what he has brought in over the internet overall, according to the numbers on the ActBlue web site, which collects web contributions on behalf of his campaign and others.

On the Democratic side, only New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson produced an actual number, saying he had raised about $5.2 million over the past three months. His aides said that amount that should keep him within reach of Edwards, and legitimizes him as one of the top-tier contenders. Trippi said last week he expects Edwards's third quarter total to be about $7 million.

No clear sense yet what the party's frontrunners, Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, will report, though aides in each campaign have said they expect the totals to land between $17 million and $20 million -- impressive amounts by most measures, but considerably less than each raised in the first two quarters of the year. Both had raised about $60 million during the first half of the year.

Obama campaign manager David Plouffe sent out an email to supporters last night reporting the campaign has taken in more than 500,000 donations from more than 350,000 people. That would suggest the pace of Obama?s fundraising, while still vigorous, slowed over the summer.

But even as Plouffe boasted of that "big news," he included a post script to his email: "P.S. -- There's still time for you to be part of this historic moment. The deadline for donations is midnight tonight, so please make yours now."

Republican candidates were equally coy about their third quarter totals.

While most campaigns have kept a tight lock on their ledgers, aides to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney let slip that they expect he will have finished September having raised more than $40 million overall. He's also expected to put another infusion of his own money into his account -- part of a trend The Post wrote about Sunday that has turned Romney into a rare hybrid. His is one of the first-ever campaigns to be fueled by both private contributions and a sizeable chunk of the candidate's own cash.

Former Tennessee senator Fred Thompson is expected to report having raised in excess of $8 million dollars for the quarter on top of the $3.5 million he raised in June, according to a Fox News report last night.

--Matthew Mosk

By Post Editor  |  October 1, 2007; 8:51 AM ET
 
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Ron Paul's gone y'all.

Two Texans, LBJ & GWB, in my lifetime are two too many. One did Vietnam I, the second got us into Iraq which is Vietnam II.

Texas are great people, but for heaven's sake please stop trying to send us Presidents.

Posted by: travelgallery | October 2, 2007 7:42 AM | Report abuse

The candidate to watch is Ron Paul. While other candidates are on their way down, Ron Paul's campaign is on the way up. He's up from 1% to 5% in New Hampshire and he managed to raise $1.2 million in one week. I expect him to blow McCain and Huckabee out of the water.

All very impressive considering all his donations are from ordinary freedom loving Americans as he refuses to accept money from special interests. Also, he is a very smart fiscal conservative (just like he would be as President). He does not waste money and he doesn't need to spend a lot of money on staff because his volunteers are so passionate about his candidacy. Whatever number is released you can at least double that as far as support goes, many of his volunteers spend their own money of printing, mailing, even radio and cable tv ads.

Freedom is popular!

Posted by: phojes74 | October 1, 2007 12:12 PM | Report abuse

romney's a good-looking guy (if you like guys) and not particularly stupid - so he's already out ahead of the pack. unfortunately, he doesn't stand for anything other than "I'm a good looking guy, and I'm not stupid"

Posted by: shmaryahoopizzaman | October 1, 2007 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Ron Paul campign raized over 1 million dollar in just last 5 days of quarter. He also won last NJ GOP, Giuliani's territory, straw poll with 73%.

Posted by: iaoki | October 1, 2007 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Ah MITT'the-Mormon'ROMNEY has always showed an 'amazing' knack for raising money whether it was for his businesses or the OLYMPICS or as GOVERNOR of 'TACACHUSETTS' or now running to be the PRESIDENT. WILL HE BE ABLE TO 'RAISE' ENOUGH OR RECEIVE ENOUGH PRIMARY VOTES??? WE SHALL SOON FIND OUT.

Posted by: ZyskandarAJaimot | October 1, 2007 10:33 AM | Report abuse

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