Obama Doesn't Need Colleagues' Cash
Is Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) even trying to raise money from his fellow members of Congress?
That question arises after a look at Obama's latest fundraising report -- the one that showed he raised nearly $43 million in March alone. And how much of that cash haul came from the campaigns of other Democratic lawmakers? A grand total of zero dollars and zero cents (though Obama did rake in a $127 contribution from a Democratic congressional candidate, Mike Turner of Virginia's 10th district). According to numbers compiled by CQ Moneyline, Obama has now raised just $10,600 for the entire cycle from congressional incumbents and candidates, or roughly 0.00004 percent of the $240 million he's raised overall.
Contrast that with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.), who has raised $107,000 this cycle from other candidates and incumbents, according to CQ Moneyline. Now, she hasn't exactly been raking it in from colleagues lately either -- in the first three months of 2008, Clinton got just over $15,000 from the re-election accounts of eight Democratic members of Congress. But it's still a lot more than Obama's ever raised from that constituency, even though they both have roughly the same number of lawmaker endorsements.
So again, is Obama even bothering to ask his colleagues for money? Or is he just raising so much that even his Capitol Hill supporters don't feel their donations are needed? Either way, he seems to be doing just fine without them.
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