Ron Paul

The Coming Huckabocalypse

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FEC reports for the 2nd quarter of 2007 are coming out and getting gathered by the Political Insider blog. Here are the latest figures with Republicans in italics. (The numbers in parentheses are cash on hand.)

Sen. Barack Obama: $32.8 million ($34.5 million)
Sen. Hillary Clinton: $27 million ($32.7 million)
Rudy Giuliani: $17.3 million ($14.6 million)
Mitt Romney: $13.7 million ($12.1 million)
Sen. John McCain: $11.2 million ($3.2 million)
John Edwards: $8.9 million ($12.1 million)
Gov. Bill Richardson: $7 million ($7 million)
Sen. Christopher Dodd: $3.25 million ($5 million)
Rep. Ron Paul: $2.4 million ($2.3 million)
Sen. Joseph Biden: $2.3 million ($1.8 million)
Sen. Sam Brownback: $1.4 million ($460,000)
Mike Huckabee: $763,000 ($437,000)

Rep. Dennis Kucinich: $757,000 ($222,000)
Jon Cox: $487,695 ($11,354)
Tommy Thompson: $445,000 ($122,000)
Jim Gilmore: $182,000

Gilmore has dropped out. Kucinich has $445,500 in debt, so he's actually in the red, as is Cox with nealy $1 million of debt. Duncan Hunter, Tom Tancredo and Mike Gravel haven't reported yet, but we can assume they're closer to the bottom than the top. So, the takeaways:

– Ron Paul has the most cash of any Republican outside the first tier and more cash than the bottom three Democratic candidates.

– Mike Huckabee isn't raising enough money to compete and might drop out in September or if he underperforms in the Ames straw poll.

– Dodd and Biden's fundraising is slowly drying up, meaning they've tapped out their perennial donors and aren't finding many big-pockets Democrats who want to hedge their bets with them.

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  1. haha, I chatted with Huckabee for about 10 minutes at the CNHT straw poll, and told him that although I wouldn’t vote for him I thought it was cool that he lost 100 lbs. He just kind of smiled and shook his head. Nice guy, though.

  2. Go Ron!

    The AP article about this gives Paul a decent two paragraphs. I know it’s not much, but it’s syndicated…

  3. I gotta wonder who’s giving Dodd all that money. Are the Doddites outnumbering us Paulites, but they exist in bizarro world, where we can’t see them? Or does Dodd have like Warren Buffet behind him?

  4. What about Gravel? Aren’t the dadaists showering him with loot?

  5. Dodd has a lot of wealthy Connecticut hedge fund managers in his corner, and they’ve already blown their financial wad on him. But they can toss out the 2,300 dollar checks no problem, so whoever gets the Dem nod will get their money in the future as well.

  6. I gotta wonder who’s giving Dodd all that money. Are the Doddites outnumbering us Paulites, but they exist in bizarro world, where we can’t see them? Or does Dodd have like Warren Buffet behind him?

    Dodd is the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. So yes, he kind of does have Warren Buffett behind him, or at least the support of bankers seeking to buy favorable legislation.

  7. Damn it! Open tag shenanigans!

  8. Randolph,

    Gotcha. I haven’t really followed the Dodd campaign, what is he promising that a couple thousand hedge fund managers think is so appealing?

  9. If you factor out the debt that McCain owes, he falls below Ron Paul in cash on hand. Romney also doesn’t fair so well when you factor out the millions (9?) that he loaned himself.

  10. What about Gravel? Aren’t the dadaists showering him with loot?

    Unfortunately for Gravel, the dadaists are showering him with kindling.

  11. ChrisS,

    Ok, that makes a bit more sense, in a hopelessly twisted way.

  12. Think Limousine Liberals – these are guys who have their horde of cash already, and aren’t averse to feeling good about “doing something for the poor” through high taxes.

  13. Plus, Dodd is from CT so he always gets a lot of insurance PAC money.

  14. Without Romney’s loans to his own campaign, his COH would be down in McCain territory.

  15. Fred Thompson hasn’t taken the field yet.

  16. Vote Fred,

    He’s got almost as much presidential experience as Michael Douglas.

  17. Jeez, I’m slipping. I didn’t know Gilmore dropped out until just now….and I’m from Virginia.

  18. Think Limousine Liberals – these are guys who have their horde of cash already, and aren’t averse to feeling good about “doing something for the poor” through high taxes.

    “Won’t someone else do something about the poor?”

  19. I think Brownback is slowly but surely becoming the conservative alternative to Mitt Romney, and when Huckabee drops out, all his support will go to Brownback and he will quickly become a force to be reckoned with.

  20. What is McCain spending all that money on?

  21. Shovels to dig up that damn pony.

  22. Ron Paul is kicking Kucinich’s ass! Our fringe element is BIGGER (or at least more prosperous, or something) then the left. Woohoo!

    Drink!

  23. Bitch about limousine liberals all you want, they’re still more credible than rich people whose solution for “helping the poor” just happens, by some bizarre coincidence, to involve large tax breaks for themselves.

  24. Cab,

    Don’t sweat it. I couldn’t pick Gilmore out of a line-up and I’m a political junkie!

  25. de stijl,

    He’s the short balding white guy…oh, sorry…that was Guiliani…wait, maybe….nevermind, I have no idea.

  26. agreed, joe – I just don’t get why they need to have their money forcibly taken away and handed out by a third party to feel good about themselves.

  27. I can’t believe Gilmore was even in the race, hes the reason the Republican Party of VA has been unable to win a a major statewide election since 2001 unless the person’s name on the ballot is “John Warner”.

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