McCain Campaign Shifts into General Election Mode
By Matthew Mosk
Sen. John McCain raised $15 million in March and has $10 million in the bank, his top advisers said this morning. Rick Davis, McCain's campaign manager, shared the figures during a wide-ranging briefing at the campaign's Virginia headquarters.
Davis said McCain now has a "Victory Chair" in all 50 states, responsible for overseeing fundraising locally. The chairs will be trying to amass a pool of major donors who can each contribute $70,000 to the Republican senator's presidential bid. That figure combines maximum legal contributions to McCain, to the Republican Party, and to funds established in four states to cover the cost of targeted registration and turnout efforts. Those states are Wisconsin, Minnesota, New Mexico and Colorado.
Separate funds have also been established in Florida, Ohio and California.
The finance plan is part of a new structure the campaign outlined today to show how McCain has evolved into a general election candidate. Davis said the staff has grown from fewer than 100 to more than 150. Regional campaign managers have been named. And the campaign has hired new speechwriters, along with full-fledged media and polling teams.
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April 18, 2008; 11:20 AM ET
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