April 3rd, 2008
04:03 PM ET
10 years ago

McCain March haul 'not competitive with Obama'

McCain’s fundraising totals trail those of both his potential opponents.

McCain’s fundraising totals trail those of both his potential opponents.

(CNN) - A senior McCain adviser tells CNN that the campaign’s March fundraising numbers will be “better than they usually are for us, but not competitive with Obama.”

McCain spent much of his time in March raising money. His schedule was largely dictated by fundraisers all over the country. With the exception of his week abroad, McCain on average held a fundraiser a day, and sometimes two.

In February, McCain raised $11 million dollars, far less than Barack Obama’s $55 million, and Hillary Clinton’s $35 million.

Campaign spokeswoman Jill Hazelbaker also tells CNN McCain raised more in March than February, but said they won’t release the figure until later this month.

Trying to look on the bright side, the senior McCain adviser said that although the campaign behind others in fundraising, starting late last month the Republican National Committee has been able to raise money through a victory fund, which can directly benefit the campaign. The RNC can raise up to $28,500 per person, as opposed to just $2300 per person for an individual campaign.

There have been several newspaper reports this week about McCain’s fundraising troubles, attributed to lack of enthusiasm from some of President Bush’s high roller donors, and overall fundraising fatigue.

CNN asked McCain on his bus Wednesday about those reports, and he said he was “puzzled” by them.

“Ever major fundraiser, and we could I guess provide you a list, that I know of that I have called and that Rudy [Giuliani] has called and that Mitt [Romney] has called has called to say fine, I am with you, “ said McCain.

“Our fundraising, our fundraisers have dramatically increased so I don’t know where all of that comes from to be honest with you,” he said

–CNN's Dana Bash

Filed under: John McCain
soundoff (53 Responses)
  1. Bill, Covington

    How many times or what % of the people elected to the office of president has been the person with the most money?

    April 3, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  2. deCasa

    I'm not a politician but I am a citizen and a thinker so excuse the ignorance of this question....

    Shouldn't we be trying to find the BEST leader with the best credentials and character instead of the best fund raiser?

    Unless we're going to transform the American Presidency into an office that will fund raise for our individual monetary gain, maybe we shouldn't put so much focus on the amount of money these people raise. After all, isn't the flaunt of money what corrupts anyway?

    April 3, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  3. mary

    People keep complaining about the price of gasoline, food, clothing, home mortgages, jobs, etc. how can they afford to send money to these campaigns? Obama said most of the $40 million raise in March was from small donors, apparently people are not hurting for money. Obama wants to help people with home mortgages, WHY?, THEY have EXTRA money to send to him, they don't need government help!

    April 3, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  4. HomoSapien

    Hey GoMcCain – it's nice to realize that blacks actually have an ADVANTAGE in this country!

    For some reason I always thought that if you were black you would never be able to do as well as a white person. Because your skin color was a DISADVANTAGE. But obviously I was completely mistaken about that and I apologize for my ignorance!

    Obviously Obama's strongest point is his skin color. Because, after all, haven't all our Presidents been black up until now?? No??

    Oh, it must be Senators then...a majority must be black?? Huh?? No again??

    OH I am sorry, I meant Governors. No?? CEOs. No?? Rich people. No?? Advantaged race. No??

    Ummmm......OK, I am getting very confused now...did you say Obama had an advantage in fundraising because of his black skin color??

    April 3, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  5. Bob Stephens

    McCain, I think you need to take some of the money you get and take some mood stabilizing drugs for your hot temper. I can't wait to see you in a debate, when asked a hard question, start swearing at your opponent.

    April 3, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  6. bad idea

    Obama is a liar.Only you who are naives who think he is a saint.There lots of things on him that mostly he lied about on the internet.Please go and investigate your beloved candidate and please dont try to brain washed on any of us.We will choose a good candidate comes November.And please bear in mind that nobody is perfect nobody unless of course he's a GOd.And Im not anti-christian just making an observation.Thats make you a liar too if you said Obama is honest.

    April 3, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  7. Bosnian Sniper

    Grandpa Munster....YOU'RE not competitive with Obama.

    April 3, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  8. Jesse

    I see you Obama hater are after McCain now, that's why you will not win in the end. Obama supports will say and do anything to get this Rev. Wright student into the White House.

    April 3, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  9. Venus

    Don't worry McCain! Some of Hillarys supporters who claim they won't vote for Obama will be sending you some money!

    April 3, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  10. demo craxy

    he needs not to worry, Hillary has destroyed the party, the democrats will hand him the nomination. you have read it here, billary's supporters will not vote for Obama and rather vote for McCain, and Obama's supporters will not vote for Billary, they will rather vote McCain, SO
    nothing to worry about...........

    thanks Billarys

    April 3, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  11. Patty Atlanta GA

    McCain and Cindy the druggy are the biggest liars and theives in America!

    April 3, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  12. Gnosticman

    All you people that are saying that Obama doesn't have a chance against McCain are living in a different country than me, or maybe just a delusional state of mind. If Obama outperforms McCain in all the states where he had more voters than McCain, then Obama will win not only the majority of the states, but also all the biggest states. LOOK AT THE PRIMARY NUMBERS, they are far more representative of America than these stupid polls. Obama has a MUCH LARGER turnout in the vast majority of all the states vs. McCain! As for Independent appeal, Obama wins hands down because of his position on the war. No independent in their right mind would vote for a pro-Iraq war candidate! So everybody stop talking out of your defacator in regaurds to Obama's electability.

    April 3, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  13. Jenn

    McCain is already the Republican nominee. Wouldn't it be silly to start donating all of our money now? We're going to wait until the general election and THEN start donating big, because that's when it will matter.

    April 3, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  14. TheLeftNut

    Are we there yet?

    April 3, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  15. Ian

    deCasa, welcome to the political ticker. Most people seem to be interested in who looks the most presidential, instead of looking at things like their voting record, and previous scandals/legal trouble. Never mind the fact that the dollar is losing value every day and only one candidate will address the issue head on. Most people seem to be concerned about what they are entitled to, rather than voting responsibly.

    I am on your side, but unfortunately we are the few. It will be most frustrating when things really start crashing, and most people will point their fingers at elected officials. The very people they helped elect.


    April 3, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  16. Chuky

    The message in McCains tour is clear.

    He has served America well and Americans owe him apreciation.

    Just like Hillary feels she deserves to be gratified for her husbands expedient tenure in the white house.

    What they seem to forget is that the American precidency is not a RENUMERATION PACKAGE! It is a job that require someone with zeal and better stiil, NO STAKES so we can hold him/her accountable

    Not people that will be self-justified to do anything just because they had PAID THEIR DUES EARLIER.

    That is why Obama is better positioned for the job now. There will be no sentiment in appraising him.

    April 3, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  17. peter

    First off doesn't everyone realize obama needs to raise all this money cause he is spending like a fiend. He has to pay out at least twice as more as Hillary just to stay ahead. McCain is steadily getting money and wait he is barely spending any because he is done fighting for now. So as McCain pools and saves obama brings in and spends. By the time of the general election I wonder how much more money obama fans will have left to give. Personally I am going to save for the next few months and give to McCain when he actually needs it. Glad to see so many are hurting in this economy!

    April 3, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  18. J T

    all these people need to look way past race and look to what the candidates say and did.

    Mccain – gonna be a long haul in iraq

    Billary – voted YES on the iraq war, all the lies

    Obama – good judgement, a candidate of serious change

    the only way people get experience is by learning and acting on it, can you guys please get that in your heads!
    mccain – bush's apprentice

    April 3, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  19. Bernie Moore-Knowles


    Are you as ignorant as you come across with your post? Seriously?

    Bernie Moore-Knowles
    Papa'aloa, Hawai'i

    April 3, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  20. Grif

    Don't, Get Bitter! Towards John McCain you people.
    Just get Fitter. Maybe you will be called on one day..
    Where are you're Credentials?? You get out, what you put in..
    Save your Country now, or lose it in the next 10 yrs...

    April 3, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  21. tisha

    What I am confused about is if your a democrat and you want Hillary as the nominee but she doesn't get it how as a democrat you could say that you would vote for Republican John McCain, that is the most ridiculous thing I ever heard of. I guess it means that like Hillary you really don't want to do what is best for the Democratic party.

    April 3, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  22. Hermione

    HILDA – Wow, I am even more sad at what's happening in this country when people like you are brainwashed to the point of blindly following a child into the white house. Don't make it seem like the rest of us are ignorant for wanting someone other than a whiny-baby hypocrite as our president. I keep hearing "jump on the Obama train"...and that's exactly what it is. A train full of hot air and fantastical ideas like "hope" and "change" on which he cannot possibly follow through.

    I will never vote Obama.

    HILLARY '08

    April 3, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  23. unbiased

    The amount of money raised by Dems is phenomenal and that is really good. The party is energised. But with all the money raised, it doesnt give a clue why it should be a great advantage. Anyway, people will already have made their minds. It is Independents that have to be bombarded with Ads, phone calls or door-to-door campaign. It is all about convincing the moderates and independents. But people are already getting turned off by the way Dems primaries are going and more and more is revealed about the Obama which is good. The GOP will not be soft towards once the general campaign starts. I am already seeing the kind of articles that Fox News and WashingtonTimes are excavating about Obama. But you guys here anyway will not see them here or in other MSM outlets. But they are already laying the ground. Watch out!!!

    April 3, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  24. NOBLE


    IS IT BECAUSE OF MOVE ON ORG ?????????????

    April 3, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  25. yns

    I bet the money will show in the fall! I know he may get some from me if NObama is the nominee!

    April 3, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
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