It's only money: The legal spending limit in New Hampshire for a presidential campaign is $440,000. But, despite the limits, the presidential campaign of former Delaware governor Pierre S. (Pete) du Pont IV has designs to spend, say, $1 million in the state.
In a "limited circulation" memorandum to the executive committee, senior staff and campaign supporters, campaign chairman Glenn Kenton wrote, "This memo is to bring you up to date on recent developments and advise you that Pete is doing very well -- particularly in New Hampshire -- and will continue to do so, if we get our resources in." Kenton explained, "We have committed to $700,000 for advertising in New Hampshire, but could spend another $400,000 if we have the funds."
The way around the limit? Beam the advertising message to New Hampshire voters from television stations in Boston and charge much of the cost of the advertising to spending in other states, which have separate spending limits.
Deputy campaign manager Bob Perkins said that "only 10 to 15 percent of the cost of the media which is beamed from Boston into New Hampshire is allocable" to New Hampshire.
"We are within our allocable limits," he said. "All the campaigns do this. Just ask George Bush how much he is spending on Boston television for New Hampshire," he added. "The wealthier the campaign, the more they can spend."