April 3rd, 2008
04:03 PM ET
12 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

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soundoff (53 Responses)
  1. DB, San Francisco

    "Not competitive with Obama."
    There's a sound bite!

    April 3, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  2. Richard, St. Paul, MN

    Why hasn't Hillary disclosed her tax records yet? She's been promising that "... they'll be released next week..." for at least three months. What is she hiding? She's in second place and her 'entitled' attitude only makes me want to vomit. McCain is a joke. His policies are cheap copies of the failed policies of idiot Bush, so he's not even fit for duty, in my opinion. At this point, Obama is the only one who seems to have a shred of honesty and decency. And for those who claim that 'he doesn't have the experience'.... look at the debacle that 'experience' has brought us to: a $10 trillion deficit, a 50% increase in the budget, a $3 trillion war, a worthless dollar, an economy that's in the toilet, record setting earmarks, and 4,000 dead soldiers. Experience...?... Bah! ... Humbug!

    April 3, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  3. Sure

    Apparently this guy knows how to run a campaign if he can become the nominee without spending the millions of dollars the democrats need to in order to get nowhere!

    April 3, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
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