|The Bush campaign raised more than the campaigns of all
his Democratic challengers combined ($34.4 million plus $671,000 transferred).
Among the Democratic candidates, former Gov. Howard Dean came out well
ahead of the pack ($7.6 million), in part due to a closing push that tapped
into the Internet. Next were Sen. John Kerry ($5.9 million), Sen.
Joe Lieberman ($5.1 million), Sen. John Edwards ($4.5 million), Rep. Dick
Gephardt ($3.8 million), Sen. Bob Graham ($2.0 million), and Rep. Dennis
Kucinich ($1.5 million). Amb. Carol Moseley Braun and Rev. Al Sharpton
each raised significantly less than $1 million.
In terms of cash on hand, Pres. Bush finished with $32.6 million, more than three times the amount held by the closest Democrat. Sen. Kerry reported $10.8 million, followed by Sen. Edwards ($8.1 million), Gov. Dean ($6.4 million), Rep. Gephardt ($6.2 million), Sen. Lieberman ($4.0 million), Sen. Graham ($1.8 million). and Rep. Kucinich ($1.1 million).
See also: Center for Responsive Politics' 7/16/03 release on 2nd Quarter Reports
*Bush's 2nd Quarter total
of $35.1 million includes $671,000 transferred from three Bush 2000 campaign
Dean: The Dean campaign reported
a dramatic increase upon its first quarter receipts and the highest quarterly
intake for a Democratic candidate yet in this cycle, $7.6 million.
Of this sum, the campaign raised about $3.6 million online, including "nearly
$3 million raised online in the the last week alone." A baseball
bat thermometer graphic on the campaign's website proved very effective,
allowing visitors to monitor fundraising progress during the closing days
of the quarter. Particularly impressive was the final day of the
quarter, June 30. The campaign posted half-hourly updates on its
website; the steadily growing sense of excitement resulted in online contributions
of about $800,000 on the day. During the quarter 45,030 people donated
online a total of 51,474 times, and the average donation online was $74.14.
All told 73,226 donors contributed in the second quarter, including over
62,000 for the first time. The campaign is third among the Democrats
in cash on hand behind Kerry and Edwards; however it notes that just a
tiny percentage of its donors have maxed out.
Edwards: Edwards' second
quarter intake of $4.5 million marked a significant tailing off from his
leading first quarter total of $7.4 million, placing him fourth among the
Democratic field. The campaign highlighted the positive in its July
15 press release: "Edwards number two in total raised and cash on hand."
Gephardt: Gephardt's disappointing
take of $3.8 million, well below the campaign's target of $5 million, was
one of the major themes to emerge from the second quarter reports.
Responding to a reporter's question after the Human Rights Campaign's presidential
forum on July 15, Gephardt stated, "First of all, we're on course.
We are raising the amount that we set out to raise. Our budget has
always been $20 million this year and we're roughly very close to half
way to that goal. We've raised 9.8 or 9.9 million so that's pretty
good for political work. And I'm convinced that we're going to raise
what we need in the next six months. Look, you never raise what you
want to raise. We fell a little short of our expectations in what
we wanted to raise, but we've fixed some of the concerns that we've had
with the operation and we're going to do better." The headline on
Today 's July 16 article by Jill Lawrence read "'Wake-up call': Gephardt
fundraising comes in light" and the bank headline of the Washington
Post's article said "Weak Performance of Gephardt Is a Surprise."
The $3.8 million included $132,966.24 from 58 PACs and campaign committees.
Graham: The campaign raised
a relatively unremarkable $2.0 million, a figure which includes $150,000
transferred from Graham's Senate committee. Graham is lagging significantly
behind the major Democrats in terms of cash on hand.
Kerry: The money line from
the Kerry campaign's press release its second quarter fundraising is: "The
Kerry campaign has banked $10,862,059, a sum unprecedented for any Democratic
candidate at this stage of a presidential campaign. The release notes
that at the same time in the 2000 primary, Al Gore had $9.4 million in
cash on hand and Bill Bradley had $6.0 million.
Kucinich: According to the
campaign, the average donation for the quarter was $77. More than
$1 million of the $1.54 million the campaign raised in the quarter were
from credit card donations through the Internet. Roughly half of
the $1.54 million for the quarter came in in the last two weeks; the campaign
cited "growing momentum and a topnotch Internet operation."
Lieberman: The Lieberman
campaign, which at $5.1 million finished third among Democratic candidates
for money raised in the quarter, emphasized the significant improvement
upon its first quarter showing "a more than 70% increase over its first
quarter intake of $3 million." However this was overshadowed by the
shakeup in the campaign's finance department in which finance director
Shari Yost resigned the day before release of the numbers. Also,
the $4.0 million in cash on hand placed the campaign fifth among the Democrats.
Moseley Braun: Raising just
in the quarter, the campaign finished with a scant $22,126.80 in cash on
hand and $77,900.33 in debts and obligations.
Sharpton: Speaking to reporters after the Human Rights Campaign's presidential forum on July 15, Sharpton stated, "What we wanted to do was really build and revive a network for people-raising. I said that all along. So I think we're going to have our first large fundraiser at the end of this month. But we didn't have a fundraiser the last quarter. Whatever we raised people you know wrote and gave to us; there was no concerted effort on my part."
Copyright © 2003 Eric M. Appleman/Democracy in Action.