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McCain Outspent Obama in June

By Matthew Mosk
Republican Sen. John McCain outspent his Democratic rival in June, according to reports the two campaigns filed with the Federal Election Commission in recent days.

McCain spent $27 million in June while Obama, who filed his latest campaign numbers late last night, spent $25.6 million.

The spending came as Obama widened his financial advantage over McCain, bringing in more than $54 million during his second best fundraising month of the campaign. McCain raised $22.2 million during the same period.

While Obama's spending in June remained relatively steady from the prior month, McCain more than doubled his expenditures from May, a signal he was making major new investments to build the foundation of a national campaign.

By Washington Post Editor  |  July 21, 2008; 8:07 AM ET
Categories:  John McCain  
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Posted by: Broxx | July 21, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

I am sure once the Republicans release ...

Posted by: Dianne72 | July 21, 2008 12:04 PM

I agree the Republicans will continue to use FEAR and HATE to try to divide this great nation.

Hopefully we are not a nation of cowards, and won't support the Republican Terrorist Regime any longer.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 21, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

McCain is outspending Obama only because of all the big oil money McCain is getting.

The common man by the millions are supporting Obama with their spare change.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 21, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Dianne72, isn't there a convention in a hotel somewhere for you to get your swinging saloon doors back into action? Make some pocket change, perhaps get your mind off of a non-existent tape?

Posted by: 2008 | July 21, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

McCain better get used to spending. And spending. And spending. He may even need to tap into some of that Budweiser money. But in the end, it won't help one bit. He is going to lose.

Posted by: Susan | July 21, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Obama can pace his spending especially right now. He is all the news anyway. Nothing is left to chance, they know exactly what they are doing. Ask Hillary.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 21, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Re: President Bush

President Bush has to place a gag order against the media. The United States is currently at war, yet no one, including police, seems to believe what Bush says.

You can't win this war without the support of the media; the media bias is being globalized in that fake information that does not have any "substances" is being communicated to the world.

Almost all reporters and political pundits are also being duped by such media representations; currently any substantial debate or logical analysis is difficult to win over such fake images or representations.

President Bush must restore his credibility first to convince the American voters that we are currently at war. If I were President Bush, I would exercise such executive power and authority to inform the public. We are going to the wrong direction.

Posted by: premier | July 21, 2008 12:07 PM | Report abuse

McCain can spend all the money he has,unless he energizes his campaign he's going nowhere. The best thing he can do is to select Michael Steele as his running mate for VP ..Steele is a young (50's),energetic, disciplined, experienced,Catholic,attorney and "Did I Mention He's Black". (I see a lot of mixed group votes right here) Michael S. Steele is the chairman of GOPAC (political action committee that helps fund state and local Repub. campaigns around the country)and a former Lieutenant Gov. of Maryland. He is the first African American to serve in a MD. state-wide office and the first Repub. lieutenant governor in the state since the position was created in 1970. At the time he was the highest-ranking elected AA the U.S. At the 2004 Republican National Convention, Steele gave the Republican counterpoint to the Democrats' Barack Obama in a prime time speech.

Posted by: 07001 | July 21, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: Brandon | July 21, 2008 11:29 AM | Report abuse

take a look at a toddler who loves obama:

Posted by: tomabrahams | July 21, 2008 11:28 AM | Report abuse

So the storyline out of this is, "Why doesn't McCain have a lead as he outspends Obama by millions?"

That's the fair question to ask.

Posted by: matt | July 21, 2008 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Go McCain! Get your campaign and the GOP to spend up all the money on getting you elected. That way the DNC can spend money getting more Democrats into Congress come November while Obama will handle his own fundraising.

This push by the GOP, the McCain campaign, and FOX NEWS to get Obama to visit Iraq has backfired in a big way. With the news of surging violence in Afghanistan and Iraqi's Prime Minister agreeing with Obama's timetable, Obama and his positions will look even better on the world stage.

Also McCain is spending his campaign money on a new ad while Obama is garnering much of the national media buzz with his foreign trip tour (free of charge).

McCain is already overspending which will cause a number of GOP fundraisers to pause. I can see McCain's July and August fundraising numbers dipping down from $22 million in June to $15 to $20 million in July and August.

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | July 21, 2008 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Re: Obama Campaign

Obama Campaign should play a fair game.

Currently you are blocking all of my outgoing & incoming calls as well as my school email account.

I however have psychic ability. Do you want me to use this power to find out what you are doing and what your plans are?

Do not attempt to find me. You did try it on July 7 at 1:13 a.m., and keep doing it!

What a shame.

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WP Editors:

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Please check and share the information.

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Posted by: premier | July 21, 2008 9:24 AM | Report abuse

McCain actually only spent about $60,000 more than Obama -- about $1.2 million was transferred to another committee that McCain controls. The committee, a specialized one, allowed under FEC rules, is dedicated to covering the costs of complying with FEC guidelines and other legal requirements.

Posted by: Alex Cohen, Public Citizen | July 21, 2008 9:10 AM | Report abuse

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