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Obama Raised $31 Million in April

Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) collected more than $31 million in April, bringing the total his campaign has raised so far this year to $167 million -- a staggering amount that suggests his vaunted fundraising machine continues to churn.

As has often been the case with Obama's fundraising, the breadth of his appeal is the most impressive trait. Of the $31.3 million Obama raised last month, 94 percent came in the form of contributions of $200 or less, and more than half of all the donations (52 percent) were in chunks of $25 or less.

At the end of April, Obama's donor base had grown to nearly 1.5 million people, including 200,000 who gave for the first time last month.

Obama continued to focus the vast majority of his time raising money for the primary -- he raised just $600,000 for the general election in April -- as he appears to be leaving the possibility open to accept public financing in the general election. If Obama chose that route, he would not be under the strictures of the public financing system until formally becoming his party's nominee in late August.

That means that the $37.3 million Obama had on hand at the end of April (in primary cash) could be used to support his campaign throughout the summer months. And if April fundraising is any guide, he will enjoy a fundraising edge over Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). McCain raised $18 million in April -- his best month of the campaign to date, but still well below the amount collected by Obama. Overall, McCain reported $22 million cash on hand at the end of April; his campaign plans to take public funds for the general election campaign.

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.), who was taking the stage to speak in Kentucky just as Obama's campaign blast e-mailed out his fundraising numbers, raised $22 million in April, confirmed campaign communications director Howard Wolfson.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 20, 2008; 8:38 PM ET
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You know why Florida Democratic primary votes are not being counted?

Because of Florida REPUKES. The Florida legislature, both houses majority Repuke, passed the bill last year that made the primary violate Democratic party rules.

Then Florida Repuke Governor Charlie Crist signed it into law.

Now, he's demanding the Dems "count all the votes". After he forced the Dems to break party rules and get the votes thrown out!!

The height of hypocrisy!! Further proof that Repukes are scumbags.

BTW, some Repuke troll tried to dispute this happened, but its all there for you to Google it yourself. The Repukes caused the Dems in Florida to lose their votes!!

Funny, didn't that happen once before? About 8 years ago??

Posted by: Tom3 | May 23, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Terry McAWFUL.

Posted by: Tom3 | May 23, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

i've been around for quite a long time & something i've learned is having the budget to campaign is what can make u or break u-this is just a fact of life-what i find so refreshing with obama is his ability to allow those who don't have the money for that pricy fundraiser to still be able to claim ownership of his sucessfulfundraising contributing even less than $25-this is absolutely brilliant as the contributer feels impowered & more than likely will continue to contribute-do the math as it all adds up-the real giggle about his money base is that it has changed the way contributions are solicited-so much for the special interest lobbyist-how refreshing to have a cannidate who has the freedom to address the real issues & needs of the american people


Posted by: catchum | May 22, 2008 4:09 AM | Report abuse

Pelosi just came out and said that sexism is not an issue for Hillary Clinton in this presidential nomination process:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbzT2YqhGT4

Posted by: Pelosi's Proof | May 22, 2008 2:22 AM | Report abuse

It's disheartening to read the comments of Democrats responding to articles such as this, when I thought the number 1 goal all along was to get the Republicans out of the White House and to give the new Democratic President large majorities in Congress. Let's face it, either Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton would make a great President. But, we can only have one President and hopefully that person will be the one who wins the Democratic nomination according to the rules. I simply cannot believe that anyone interested in the survival of our country would vote for a man, who has made it clear that he will continue the failed policies of George Bush for another four years. Is that what any of you really want? I don't think so. Thus, it's past time that we quit arguing among ourselves and unite behind the Democratic nominee for President. Otherwise, the nightmare will continue, and we'll have only ourselves to blame for it.

Posted by: Caliguy55 | May 21, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

If Obama wants to be the CHANGE President then he cannot accept public financing. He not only needs to win but he needs to win a larger number of states than have been competitive in a long time and he needs record turnout. If he doesn't do that then Congress won't fear him and if Congress does not fear him then they will listen to the special interest money. To win an apparent mandate he needs to fund a large ground game. That can only be done with more money then the government is offering.

Posted by: muD | May 21, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

To the anonymous poster manipulating numbers to make it look like Obama is owned by big donors:

Every statistic you post about Obama just makes McCain and Clinton look worse, if you do a comparable analysis on their donor base.

For instance, you say Obama has raised $17 million from employees of finance companies, McCain $10 million. But as a percentage of total donations, this is 7% for Obama, 10% for McCain. I notice you left that statistic out.

I daresay that a critical eye, using your methods, could imply all sorts of malevolent trends to any and all of the candidates.

Bottom line, from opensecrets.org, Donors contributing $2,300 or more make up 29% of Obama's contributers, 47% of Clinton's, and 50% of McCain's. Percent of donors contributing $200 or less is 43% for Obama, 27% for Clinton, 20% for McCain.

Spit it as you will. You can make Obama look beholden, but you'll have to admit that Clinton and especially McCain are much, much more beholden to a smaller, wealthier donor base.

Posted by: drossless | May 21, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

No polls forthcoming apparently on public's right to not be impressed with Obama's ability to raise money or with financial takeover of America through political election fundraising.

More philosophizing on how majority has come to mean money, not votes.

America needs change but it needs a change in voter impartiality, not purchase money votes that will simulate purchase money mortgages of America - by hocking its soul to every available swindler in its elections.

Posted by: Pat | May 21, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse


There is nothing they can do that can get Mccain ellected. By Nov gas will already be topping $6.00 a gallon and stuff like even if true that will mean nothing anymore. People want a change and are willing to take a gamble. By the way, there are a few surprises coming about Mccain. How about current drug use by both him and his wife. How about a false medical reports that will be exposed. How about doctors who were bribed to fix records. Then we get into his dealing with oil companies that will come out as prices keep going up. The public will not just not vote for him, they will want he lynched when they find out what a no good piece of s**t he and his wife really are. His heavy drug using will be the first thing to come out then it will be done a little at a time as the campaign goes on.


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Republicans October Surprise on Obamas.
video of Michelle Obama railing against whitey in Rev. Jeremiah Wrights church. http://noquarterusa.net/blog/2008/05/16/will-barack-throw-mama-from-the-train/

a video tape showing Michelle Obama, railing against whitey from the pulpit of racist, anti-US pastor Reverend Wrights church. Larry Johnson, a former Deputy Director in the US State Department.
I now have it from four sources (three who are close to senior
Republicans) that there is video dynamite-Michelle Obama railing against
whitey at Jeremiah Wrights church. Republicans may have a lousy record when it comes to the economy and the management of the war in Iraq, but they are hell on wheels when it comes to opposition research. Someone took the chance and started reviewing the recordings from services at Jeremiah Wright's United Church of Christ. Holy smoke!! I am told there is a clip that is being held for the fall to drop at the appropriate time. The last thing Barack and Michelle need is a new clip that raises further questions about her judgment and temperament." when this clip is made public, Obama's star will rise precipitously within leftist circles, but his hope of becoming the next president of the United States will be instantly destroyed.

Perhaps it has something to do with Obama's recent statement urging Republicans to "lay off" his wife, as if Michelle Obama's behavior, provocative statements and high-profile stance during his campaign should somehow be immune from examination and criticism.
Obama's chief political adviser David Alexrod on National Public Radio claimed white working class Democrats barely exist and hardly matter, white working class has gone to the Republican nominee for many elections, This is not new, WE don't need or rely solely on those votes.

Obama lost West Virginia by more than 40 points, an enormous fall, voters who went against Obama -- white, rural, older, low-income and without college degrees -- don't just live in West Virginia. They live everywhere in the country, places Obama needs to win in a general election. Now we hear pained remarks from the Obama camp that many white men won't vote for any black. Oh really? No one was complaining during the early races in Iowa, Maryland, Virginia and Wisconsin, when most of the white male participants backed Obama. That was before the Rev. Jeremiah Wright ugliness became In Kentucky, 8 in 10 Clinton voters... say they'd be Dissatisfied if Obama were the nominee; about 60% of Clinton voters in Oregon said the same. MORE Clinton voters in KY say they'd support John McCain than support Barack Obamapublic. Obama's inability to persuade working-class white voters to back him points to serious problem for him in the presidential election. A large percentage of voters who backed Mrs Clinton said they would not vote for Obama in the presidential race if he becomes the nominee. Disrespecting the nearly 17 million who have supported Clinton is politically unwise, but turning them into "the enemy" is insane
Posted by: Michelle Obama railing against whitey | May 21, 2008 6:21 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | May 21, 2008 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Come on hillary, in the words of a younger feminist: "If you ain't got no money take your broke a$$ home"

Posted by: fergie | May 21, 2008 9:25 AM | Report abuse

Republicans October Surprise on Obamas.
video of Michelle Obama railing against whitey in Rev. Jeremiah Wrights church. http://noquarterusa.net/blog/2008/05/16/will-barack-throw-mama-from-the-train/

a video tape showing Michelle Obama, railing against whitey from the pulpit of racist, anti-US pastor Reverend Wrights church. Larry Johnson, a former Deputy Director in the US State Department.
I now have it from four sources (three who are close to senior
Republicans) that there is video dynamite-Michelle Obama railing against
whitey at Jeremiah Wrights church. Republicans may have a lousy record when it comes to the economy and the management of the war in Iraq, but they are hell on wheels when it comes to opposition research. Someone took the chance and started reviewing the recordings from services at Jeremiah Wright's United Church of Christ. Holy smoke!! I am told there is a clip that is being held for the fall to drop at the appropriate time. The last thing Barack and Michelle need is a new clip that raises further questions about her judgment and temperament." when this clip is made public, Obama's star will rise precipitously within leftist circles, but his hope of becoming the next president of the United States will be instantly destroyed.

Perhaps it has something to do with Obama's recent statement urging Republicans to "lay off" his wife, as if Michelle Obama's behavior, provocative statements and high-profile stance during his campaign should somehow be immune from examination and criticism.
Obama's chief political adviser David Alexrod on National Public Radio claimed white working class Democrats barely exist and hardly matter, white working class has gone to the Republican nominee for many elections, This is not new, WE don't need or rely solely on those votes.

Obama lost West Virginia by more than 40 points, an enormous fall, voters who went against Obama -- white, rural, older, low-income and without college degrees -- don't just live in West Virginia. They live everywhere in the country, places Obama needs to win in a general election. Now we hear pained remarks from the Obama camp that many white men won't vote for any black. Oh really? No one was complaining during the early races in Iowa, Maryland, Virginia and Wisconsin, when most of the white male participants backed Obama. That was before the Rev. Jeremiah Wright ugliness became In Kentucky, 8 in 10 Clinton voters... say they'd be Dissatisfied if Obama were the nominee; about 60% of Clinton voters in Oregon said the same. MORE Clinton voters in KY say they'd support John McCain than support Barack Obamapublic. Obama's inability to persuade working-class white voters to back him points to serious problem for him in the presidential election. A large percentage of voters who backed Mrs Clinton said they would not vote for Obama in the presidential race if he becomes the nominee. Disrespecting the nearly 17 million who have supported Clinton is politically unwise, but turning them into "the enemy" is insane

Posted by: no whitey for Obama! | May 21, 2008 6:22 AM | Report abuse

Republicans October Surprise on Obamas.
video of Michelle Obama railing against whitey in Rev. Jeremiah Wrights church. http://noquarterusa.net/blog/2008/05/16/will-barack-throw-mama-from-the-train/

a video tape showing Michelle Obama, railing against whitey from the pulpit of racist, anti-US pastor Reverend Wrights church. Larry Johnson, a former Deputy Director in the US State Department.
I now have it from four sources (three who are close to senior
Republicans) that there is video dynamite-Michelle Obama railing against
whitey at Jeremiah Wrights church. Republicans may have a lousy record when it comes to the economy and the management of the war in Iraq, but they are hell on wheels when it comes to opposition research. Someone took the chance and started reviewing the recordings from services at Jeremiah Wright's United Church of Christ. Holy smoke!! I am told there is a clip that is being held for the fall to drop at the appropriate time. The last thing Barack and Michelle need is a new clip that raises further questions about her judgment and temperament." when this clip is made public, Obama's star will rise precipitously within leftist circles, but his hope of becoming the next president of the United States will be instantly destroyed.

Perhaps it has something to do with Obama's recent statement urging Republicans to "lay off" his wife, as if Michelle Obama's behavior, provocative statements and high-profile stance during his campaign should somehow be immune from examination and criticism.
Obama's chief political adviser David Alexrod on National Public Radio claimed white working class Democrats barely exist and hardly matter, white working class has gone to the Republican nominee for many elections, This is not new, WE don't need or rely solely on those votes.

Obama lost West Virginia by more than 40 points, an enormous fall, voters who went against Obama -- white, rural, older, low-income and without college degrees -- don't just live in West Virginia. They live everywhere in the country, places Obama needs to win in a general election. Now we hear pained remarks from the Obama camp that many white men won't vote for any black. Oh really? No one was complaining during the early races in Iowa, Maryland, Virginia and Wisconsin, when most of the white male participants backed Obama. That was before the Rev. Jeremiah Wright ugliness became In Kentucky, 8 in 10 Clinton voters... say they'd be Dissatisfied if Obama were the nominee; about 60% of Clinton voters in Oregon said the same. MORE Clinton voters in KY say they'd support John McCain than support Barack Obamapublic. Obama's inability to persuade working-class white voters to back him points to serious problem for him in the presidential election. A large percentage of voters who backed Mrs Clinton said they would not vote for Obama in the presidential race if he becomes the nominee. Disrespecting the nearly 17 million who have supported Clinton is politically unwise, but turning them into "the enemy" is insane

Posted by: Michelle Obama railing against whitey | May 21, 2008 6:21 AM | Report abuse

The powers that be are getting really nervous that someone unbeholden to the lobbying class might gain the White House. How will they control him. It was the 'Big Money' that allowed GWB to steal the elections. They will spend huge amounts to try and stop Obama but millions will keep kicking in $5, $10, $20 and Obama will be our next President.

Posted by: thebob.bob | May 21, 2008 1:01 AM | Report abuse

Hillary's bribe attempt


One of Sen. Hillary Clinton's top financial supporters offered $1 million to the Young Democrats of America during a phone conversation in which he also pressed for the organization's two uncommitted superdelegates to endorse the New York Democrat, a high-ranking official with YDA told The Huffington Post.

Haim Saban, the billionaire entertainment magnate and longtime Clinton supporter, denied the allegation. But four independent sources said that just before the North Carolina and Indiana primaries, Saban called YDA President David Hardt and offered what was perceived as a lucrative proposal: $1 million would be made available for the group if Hardt and the organization's other uncommitted superdelegate backed Clinton.

Contacted about the report, Saban, initially very friendly, became curt. "Not true," he said, "it's simply not true." He declined to elaborate. Did he talk to the YDA superdelegate? "I talk to many, many superdelegates. Some I don't even remember their names." Did he propose any financial transaction? "I have never offered them or anybody any money" in exchange for support or a vote, he said. The Clinton campaign did not return a request for comment.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 20, 2008 11:57 PM | Report abuse

It dried up a long time ago. All they do now is spend the money they get on advertising and never pay any bills new or old. I know someone who was working for them. They are running what could be called a scam now. When this is over they will have stiffed small business men who have worked for them out of millions. So much for her caring about the working man.


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they said she would quit when the money dried up -- looks like it's just a mirage for Hillary -- what happened to her $10 million in one day?

Posted by: john | May 20, 2008 9:41 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | May 20, 2008 11:35 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: 37th&OStreet
If the DNC Rules Committee seats at least some of the pledged delegates from Florida and Michigan, this claim of a majority does not hold up, does it?

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Not so...Obama is still ahead once they seat the delegates from FL & MI

They WILL seat the delegates from FL & MI...probably at half of votes...with 'uncommitted' votes given to Obama in Mich, because he wasn't on the ballot (this option favors Clinton HEAVILY). Which makes the magic # 2131 delegates.

After tonight the count will stand:
----Current Count---FL---MI---Supers---Total votes needed to win

Obama-1675---41---28-----307.5---2051--- 158

Clinton-1532---52---36-----279-----1899--- 310


This is a BEST case scenario for Sen. Clinton....and yet, Sen. Obama is still in the lead by 152 votes. He will be our nominee.

TAKE NOTE: 115 of the undeclared super delegates are in states that Obama won & only 86 are from states that Hillary won.

Posted by: Our Only Hope | May 20, 2008 11:30 PM | Report abuse

Hillary Doesn't care about that anymore because she loses even if she gets them. Now she wants all the popular votes, even those in PR even though they don't count and Michigan even though he wasn't on the ballot. Talk about disenfranchising voters. They don't want voters to even be allowed to vote for Obama. The actual split in Michigan would have been 53 to 47 Clinton

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"If the DNC Rules Committee seats at least some of the pledged delegates from Florida and Michigan, this claim of a majority does not hold up, does it?"


Depends on how the rules committee allocates them, doesn't it?

Posted by: bsimon | May 20, 2008 11:20 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | May 20, 2008 11:28 PM | Report abuse

Funny that the campaign that can't even fill up a high school gym is calling out Obama's 75k.

75k people were there to see ... THE DECEMBRISTS? Are you kidding me? But then, Clinton has been pulling this crap for the last four months, hogging the credit for the millions of new Dems that Obama has pulled into the fold. Now that we're seeing the can of WHOOP-ASS that Obama opened in OR (where are the people now who were predicting a squeaker), these dead-enders will return to their spiderholes.

What do you think the Rolling Stones would say if their opening act started taking credit for selling-out venues all over the world? No wonder Obama is going to kick Hillary and her kamikaze mentality to the curb lickety-split.

Posted by: bondjedi | May 20, 2008 11:26 PM | Report abuse

"If the DNC Rules Committee seats at least some of the pledged delegates from Florida and Michigan, this claim of a majority does not hold up, does it?"


Depends on how the rules committee allocates them, doesn't it?

Posted by: bsimon | May 20, 2008 11:20 PM | Report abuse

Notice how Clinton did not report yet.

http://query.nictusa.com/pres/

Is trying to hide the debt - last reported at $20 mil - from the news cycle tomorrow? And when are we going to be able to verify the claim that she raised $10 mil in 24 hours after WV?

It just goes to show numbers are hard to spin. No matter how many high paid liars you have on the debtroll.


Posted by: UncleRemus | May 20, 2008 11:17 PM | Report abuse

Listen to The Crazy John McCain Song or download the tune for FREE at http://www.johnmccainusa.com

Posted by: Crazy John McCain Tune | May 20, 2008 11:12 PM | Report abuse

Obama money trail.
There is nothing more disgusting than the messianic message that much of the media is delivering concerning Obama's widespread appeal. We have been bombarded by this belief that Obama transcends the traditional mold of a politician and than it is his 1.5 million person database, free from corporate and lobbyist influence that has contributed to his record breaking donations. Obama has tried to paint John McCain, with the willing help of some media outlets, as an old style politician; a kickback to the political ties to corporate money and lobbyist pandering.

Obama is the poster boy for his "New Democratic Coalition", uninfluenced by lobbyists and big corporations. In November 2007 at Des Moines, IA., Obama stated: ""I am in this race to tell the corporate lobbyists that their days of setting the agenda in Washington are over. I have done more than any other candidate in this race to take on lobbyists -- and won. They have not funded my campaign, they will not run my White House, and they will not drown out the voices of the American people when I am president."

Like everthing about the Obama campaign, it is nothing more than smoke-and-mirrors. Mr. Obama, you're running a presidential campaign, your donor information is public record!

Let's take a quick look at where your money came from:
Total Donations as of April 20th: $234.7 Million from over 1.5 million contributors.

Of this amount around $130.6 million (approximately 60%) came from only 117,300 contributors, $50 million more dollars than the total contributions to the McCain campaign. So where did this enormous amount of money come from? After all, isn't it corporate and lobbyists that are funding the McCain and Clinton campaigns. Hmm...

Oops, I remember. I remember speech after speech of Mr. Obama speaking of the economic crisis and housing crisis. You know the housing crisis caused by greed and corruption within Wall Street Investment firms and banks supported by the policies of Bush and McCain.

Let's take a look at where Obama's money has come from:

Top Contributors by employer:

Goldman Sachs: Obama - $544,000
McCain - $128,000

UBS: Obama - $363,000
McCain - $82,000

JP Morgan Chase: Obama: $353,000
McCain: $123,000

Citigroup: Obama: $331,000
McCain: $206,000

Lehman Brothers: Obama - $312,000'
McCain - $98,000

Time Warner: Obama - $245,000

Financial/Banking Industry Totals: Obama $16.9 Million / McCain $10 Million

Interesting how the very executives and companies that Obama is going to reform seem to be flocking to him during this campaign. But wait, perhaps it's a fluke? So let's take a look at where Obama received his money over the past 5 years.

Top Campaign Contributors since 1989 (Or 2004 if for Barack Obama)

Goldman Sachs: Obama - $535,000
McCain - $211,000

JP Morgan Chase: Obama - $346,000
McCain - $118,000

UBS: Obama $315,000
McCain - $107,000

Citigroup: Obama $281,000
McCain - $230,000

Financial/Banking Industry Totals: Obama - $16 Million / McCain - $11.7 Million

Interestingly enough, these statistics are the total contributions received since 1989. Incredibly, the irresponsible and predatory Wall Street investment firms have contributed more to Obama in 5 years than they have too McCain over the past 19 years. Hmm...

Alas, I've got it, McCain is the poster child for lobbyists and political action committees. After all, they have contributed more to the McCain Campaign, Right??? Not necessarily, who represents Lobbying groups and PAC's on capital hill? Lawyers!

During this presidential campaign Barack Obama has received more than $15 million in contributions from Lawyers and Lobbyists; McCain on the other hand has received only $5 million in contributions. If fact, not including during their senatorial campaigns, Obama received more than $14 million versus McCains $4.5 million. (Again, those figures are based upon all US congressional campaigns since 1989)

I'VE GOT IT, McCain is a pawn of big oil and energy conglomerates responsible for taking advantage of the American public. But wait, the Energy sector has given the Obama campaign around $1 million dollars this election, the same amount they have contributed to McCain's Campaign. And over the past 5 years Obama's senatorial campaigns have received $938,000 from energy companies versus McCains 19 year intake of $1.29 million.

The Obama Campaign taughts this 1.5 million contributor base as some special and magical grass roots movement to support his magically delicious agenda of change. The reality is that the wealthy and elite of this country, are flocking to Obama at a far faster pace than they ever have to John McCain or Hillary Clinton.

But I'm sure that they don't expect any favorable treatment from their inflated contributions in the past and inflated contributions

Posted by: Anonymous | May 20, 2008 11:06 PM | Report abuse

If the DNC Rules Committee seats at least some of the pledged delegates from Florida and Michigan, this claim of a majority does not hold up, does it?

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Posted by: 37th&OStreet | May 20, 2008 11:04 PM | Report abuse

A lot of self-identified "Americans" (read: Hillbillies) in KY. Clearly Clinton has that demo sewn up.

Posted by: Mason | May 20, 2008 11:01 PM | Report abuse

Alot of drug users in Oregon, I guess Obama has that demographic all sewn up.

Posted by: Figures | May 20, 2008 10:58 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: The Crazy John McCain Song | May 20, 2008 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Dear Chris Celizza,

Thanks for your always erudite commentary about the Captiol Hill scene.

However, here from Honolulu, Hawaii, this Hillary supporter is unyet convinced that Sen. Obama is the Candidate for 2008. However,these two superb Democrats are actually the two peas in a pod.

If money were the reason for candidates to score well, how do you explain Gov. Mike Huckabee doing so well in West Virginia & Sen. Clinton again besting Sen. Obama by the same margin, this time in Kentucky?

As I have always said for the last four month, ever since Sen. McCain made a "predictable" comeback with possibly his wife's Million Dollars, if lobbyists were not welcome in Sen. Obama's campaign, why is so much Money going to him, rather than to McCain or Clinton? If money were the common denominator, the be all, and the end all, our two past Presidents will have been Gov. John Connerly (R-Tx), and Sen. Phil Graham (R-Tex), both Democrats who were converated by GOP presidnets Nixon & Reagan.

Our Sen. Hilllary Rodham Clinton is a former Republic in the Goldwater mold who once lectured Sen. Edward Brookes (R-Mass.) at her own college commencement speech as a Valedictorian about the Vietnam War fiasco and the indecisive and less than candid explanation by the Administration for the expansion into North Vietnam and Cambodia. Does this remind you of the Pre-Emptive Strike against Iraq and Sadaam Hussein? What about possible saber rattling against a beligerant North Korea or Iran?

Making Peace is the ultimate goal of most of our Presidents: President Teddy Roosevelt, President Woodrow Wilson, President Jimmy Carter, and Vice President Al Gore. Peace can be achieved in our time, but no later than 2009 with your readers' help and direct promotion.

Aloha from Beautiful Liliha on the outskirts of Chinatown, Honolulu,
/s/
Arvid Tadao Youngquist
P O Box 37542
Honolulu, Hawaii 96837

Posted by: Arvid Tadao Youngquist | May 20, 2008 10:41 PM | Report abuse

"LOL! Found this article about the supposed 75,000 people rally that Obama had in Portland.

Isn't it funny that the mainstream media didn't report it. LOL!!! What a bunch of frauds."

Just prior to the Obama gig 'The Decemberists' played at the 'Wonder Ballroom' 05/03/2008 - Capacity: 778 open floor (550 if chairs are used).

No word on if they sold out the Ballroom.

Posted by: NoOneImportant | May 20, 2008 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Interesting how Olberman, Matthews and Roland Martin have promoted the idea that it was N. Carolina that has convinced Ds that O is the strongest general election candidate. Congratulations for the great campaigns you have run in W Va and Kentucky, looks like you must have Michael Dukakas running your general election strategy. 2 weeks later N Carolina has apparently gotten buyers remorse:

Update [2008-5-20 20:50:45 by Jerome Armstrong]: SUSA does poll both Obama and Clinton in North Carolina today. Obama loses by double-digits, while Clinton defeats McCain:

North Carolina

Clinton 49
McCain 43

McCain 51
Obama 43

Posted by: Leichtman | May 20, 2008 10:31 PM | Report abuse

The Oregonian reports on the 75,000 person rally on Sunday to see Senator Obama and the warm-up band that played prior to his arrival. A short piece from the article printed below puts the event in perspective.
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"Obama was the biggest star at Sunday's gathering -- though a popular Portland band, The Decemberists, provided the warmup act. With blue skies and temperatures in the 80s, many in the crowd said Waterfront Park was simply the place to be.

Sasha Varma-Arora, 26, of Portland said she wanted to be part of "the vibe he sets up for people."
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Obama in 2008!

Posted by: svbreeder | May 20, 2008 10:29 PM | Report abuse

AlanInMissoula, if you ck in here tonight, some of us are glad you are getting to vote in a real live primary soon and we would like to hear from you.

Write to us at:

mark_in_austin@operamail.com

Use a dummy email for the purpose, if you want.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | May 20, 2008 10:27 PM | Report abuse

The Decemberists were announced in advance, it was on a bunch of music websites. I hope that 75k didn't go out to see them, because they're terrible.

Posted by: TP | May 20, 2008 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Hey Hillbillies WV and KY, can you spell "BLACK LUNG"?

Posted by: Jonboy and MaryJo | May 20, 2008 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Steve -
I was at that rally in Portland and the Decembrists, who played before Obama came on stage weren't even announced in advance. They just volunteered to play for him (for free) to entertain the people who waited for hours for Obama to come. The rally was for real. It was a perfect day in Portland, 85 degrees. Obama spoke for nearly an hour to an enthusiastic crowd and people went home happy. Get used to it. We are going to wrap up the nomination and take the White House.

Posted by: Chuck | May 20, 2008 10:20 PM | Report abuse

steve - you're obviously not from portland judging by the jealous ignorance of your post. But don't worry buddy after tonight's votes are counted you'll have a better sense of our city's high sense of civic involvement.

Posted by: htruman | May 20, 2008 10:16 PM | Report abuse

YOu honestly think 75K showed up to see the Decemberists? That many people didn't show up elsewhere to see Usher or Bruce Springsteen when they performed before his speeches...

Posted by: kreuz_missile | May 20, 2008 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Great job Obama campaigners!! Good job Kentucky :) Good job Mrs. Clinton.

Next up for us, Oregon!! =) Lets have it!!

Go Obama!!!

Posted by: Obama2008 | May 20, 2008 10:14 PM | Report abuse

LOL! Found this article about the supposed 75,000 people rally that Obama had in Portland.

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/robert-...ma-s-big-rally

Turns out that there was a free rock concert by a Portland based band before Obama got there. This band got rave reviews from Rolling Stones which I'm sure is why so many young people showed up.

I know I probably would have stayed there just to see the toad even if I wasn't voting for him.

Isn't it funny that the mainstream media didn't report it. LOL!!! What a bunch of frauds.

Posted by: steve | May 20, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

dpmd,

At this point, Obama is no longer fighting against Clinton. He didn't put a strong effort into KY because closing the gap by 10 points would make no ultimate difference for Obama's campaign. He is smart to save his money at this point to fight McCain.

Posted by: blert | May 20, 2008 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Elmer Gantry could raise this money---but the issue is getting people to vote for you. Obama has purposefully disrespected West Virginia and Kentucky which were key to the last elected Democratic President. Obama's disrespect shows in the numbers---he has lost by 67% and 65% in these key border line states---his supporters dismiss them in the most disrespectful terms and call all Clinton supporters racists.

Strange position for a 'uniter' and his disciples.

Posted by: dpmd | May 20, 2008 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Hey chubbybuddy - stay tuned for the blow out in OR for Barack tonight. My prediction is that BO adds to his popular vote lead after all is said and done. Amazing the high correlation between bigoted = white trash loser, and open minded = effective participant in the American dream. Sorry you lost the civil war KY but get over it already.

Posted by: htruman | May 20, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

I love your comment "Terry McAuliffe seemed to suggest..." Anything he "suggests" is mere fantasy like "Hillary can still win this thing" or "Hillary is ahead in the popular vote."

Posted by: Lilly1 | May 20, 2008 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Obama has as outstanding campaign organization and his following is dedicated and energized. I watched his young enthusiastic workers in Kentucky and I just hope this older uneducated and prejudice population does not turn them off. We,as a country, will live to regret it.

Posted by: Ilah P. | May 20, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

All that money didn't buy BHO Ky. tonight!! I loooove how Keith and Chris like to talk about how dumb we are here. (in Ky.) I have to watch SEAN!!!

Posted by: chubbybuddy | May 20, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse

they said she would quit when the money dried up -- looks like it's just a mirage for Hillary -- what happened to her $10 million in one day?

Posted by: john | May 20, 2008 9:41 PM | Report abuse

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