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The Green Zone

A $2 Billion Presidential Race

By Matthew Mosk
For those keeping score at home, the price tag on the race for the White House now totals $2.1 billion.

This according to the Center for Responsive Politics, which projects that by the time it ends, the candidates and political parties will have raised and spent roughly $2,400,000,000.

The major figure in all this spending is Sen. Barack Obama, who has, through the end of September, raised more than $620 million since announcing his candidacy in Springfield, Ill.

His Republican rival, Sen. John McCain, has raised $272 million, for a combined total of $892 million raised by the two campaigns.

October and early November numbers will boost that figure even higher.

Posted at 12:48 PM ET on Oct 22, 2008  | Category:  The Green Zone
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Very interesting totals. Now we can honestly say that the White House and America are for sale, and we've sold it to a radical left wing jackal in sheeps clothing. Good going America!

Posted by: Jordan48 | October 22, 2008 4:48 PM

So, A vote for Obama is a vote for danger, Joe: Is that what you're telling us- Thanks for the Warning! I'll stick with Foreign Policy Credentials at the Top of my Ticket.

Posted by: thecannula | October 22, 2008 4:21 PM

Before you used reason and issues and although I thought you were dissembling and distorting, Now you are using fear mongering. Some how I do not think your judgment of leadership and foreign affairs out strips Colin Powell's.

For reasons of honest disclosure I think you should disclose that you earn more than 250K and that you support McCain to improve you business prospects. Doing that gives you some integrity. I helping you out by teaching you what integrity is all about

Posted by: Gator-ron | October 22, 2008 4:39 PM


"At a Seattle, Wash., fundraiser Sunday, Biden said, "Mark my words, it will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy. The world is looking. We're about to elect a brilliant 47-year-old senator president of the United States of America ... Watch, we're gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy.""

So, A vote for Obama is a vote for danger, Joe: Is that what you're telling us?- Thanks for the Warning! I'll stick with Foreign Policy Credentials at the Top of my Ticket.
I'll also stick with the campaign NOT being financed by Nadhmi Auchi, the Iraqi billionaire who loaned Rezko the money for Obama's side yard, and his friends!
Do you think THAT has anything to do with the 2 Billion Dollar Pricetag of this election Washington Post?

Posted by: thecannula | October 22, 2008 4:21 PM

I am sorry to spoil the party. As an observer from UK I notice that what makes a President appears to be money. In these times it would be fitting to have a level playing filed .. if McCain accepts public funding then so should Obama. Clearly he lacks the confidence to do so. Regardless of background, presidential candidates should be judged by what they say and their perceived fitness for purpose. That is of worldwide concern but it not for others to tell Americans how to vote. In most democratic systems there is a cap on private spending and donations in such a campaign. I find it interesting that a Democratic Party finds it difficult to act in a democratic manner. Frankly, as an outsider I find it hard to understand what the two parties actually stand for. Surely USA is both a Republic and a Democracy. It also seems that the Democrats have held sway in both your houses for some time. Republican Presidents have been held to account in this way. If you choose Obama will he have the same scrutiny? Perhaps it is time for the US to adopt a Ceremonial President and introduce a proper parliamentary system. The main parties could then elect their leader .. after they have won the election. It would save a considerable sum of money. Do not fear, this is not a return of the British Royal Family. We could lend you Tony Blair !

Posted by: glowormbrit | October 22, 2008 3:34 PM

Democrats for John McCain and Sarah Palin in 2008

Posted by: hclark1 | October 22, 2008 3:19 PM

Furthermore! This whole crying over money thing, 'tis unmanly Republican grief!

It's about as disingenuous as calling Obama a celebrity because more people like him than McCain. Guess what: ***that's the idea*** of politics, to get more votes, to get more people to like you!

The lobbyists who are running McCain's campaign are no different than the greedy jerks who were on the take 130 years in Grant's Administration, The only difference is that back then the lobbyists would make their payoffs in dark alleys; now they do it more subtly, over $400 dinners. (Gaming the system, but trying to come off as freemarketeers.)

You guys have some brass sets. And you've screwed the country over way too long.

Posted by: jrob822 | October 22, 2008 3:02 PM

Talk about hypocrites!

. McCain ditches his first wife to marry into a wealthy crime family and then uses that dirty, filthy Arizona network to launch his political career *and* Republicans blast Obama for the Chicago network.

. Regular people, who are fed up with Bush and McCain, have financed Obama's campaign, largely by small donations, and now all of a sudden campaign cash is no longer associated with free speech.

. The list goes on and on... Wanting to use science to find the oil, but not to assess it's impact on the planet and fix it... etc etc etc

The Republicans party is morally and intellectually vacuous, and it has bankrupted America.

Go to the wilderness and come back with a real soul and some new ideas. Learn to make yourselves useful again, you outdated tools.

Here's a hint, when the Governator says that Republicans should co-opt the Democratic platform he's talking about: Peace, Prosperity, Health Care, Education, Energy Independence, and the Environment.

When you come back, come back right.

Posted by: jrob822 | October 22, 2008 2:56 PM

Who gets more money from Wall Street? From Fannie/Freddie? From K-Street? From Lawyers? From even Pharma? OBAMA! Yes, they guy who is going to nationalize health care and expand Govt into every part of your lives is taking vast sums from those big corporations who will be gaming the system he creates.

Obama does not represent change - he has simply raised political rhetoric and money politics to a new level.

Posted by: pgr88 | October 22, 2008 2:54 PM

I gave $2300. I am THRILLED with Sarah Palin as VP. Did you see the latest AP poll? Don't feel sorry for me.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 22, 2008 1:41 PM

Who I feel bad for is those poor saps who contributed to the McCain campaign and are not going to see anything for it. What a bunch of sorry ass losers...

Posted by: thor2 | October 22, 2008 1:38 PM

Oh please spare me...Republicans talk about lies? Shall we start with Iraq?

Get used to it....that BLACK librul socialist communist trotskyite anarchist nihilist terrorist friend of terrorists muslim islamo rascist celebrity elitist hater of america disciple of Rev Wright reader of Malcolm X Harvard grad named HUSSEIN is gonna be President of the United States of America.

Oh Happy Day!


Posted by: toritto | October 22, 2008 1:33 PM

No, actually, I just don't want another President LYING to us.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 22, 2008 1:23 PM

I am glad that the RNC helped to finance Sarah Palin's wardrobe. This from the people who made fun of John Edward's haircut.

As opposed to the money spent on the false Ayers ties, the Dems have not spent a dime exposing the story about John McCain and the treatment of the families of those MIA in Vietnam.

But it doesn't mean the story isn't out there for you to see.

Watch the video, google the topic for yourself, and I suspect your attitude about Senator McCain will be markedly different.

Posted by: scootmandubious | October 22, 2008 1:22 PM

markinaustin: Yeah yeah...boohoo....sue him.


What's the matter? Couldn't raise as much money? Too bad....:-(

Posted by: toritto | October 22, 2008 1:20 PM

Too bad Obama failed to keep his promise about public financing.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 22, 2008 12:56 PM

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