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Stop talking about Obama's fundraising, and start raising money

With all the talk about the intense fundraising taking place among the presidential campaigns, I thought I would offer a reality check and encourage my fellow Republicans to quit wasting time talking too much about Obama’s fundraisers and apply that time to raising money for our campaigns and candidates. 

Recently, there has been a lot of talk and writing about the number of fundraisers that Obama is doing versus what the last several presidents had done. I think voters have made up their mind that political fundraising is ugly, and nobody really keeps count of who does the most events. It certainly isn’t how they make a decision on who to vote for.  I’ve never heard anyone say, “I’m for the candidate who did the fewest number of fundraisers and has the least amount of money.” 

Trying to make the point that Obama’s fundraisers and fundraising are worse than ours is pointless. In fact, from what I read, we shouldn’t be indignant, we should be jealous. By the end of March, the Obama campaign reported $104 million cash on hand, while the Romney campaign reported only $10.1 million. The RNC reported $32.7 million in the bank at the end of March, compared with the $24.4 million reported by the DNC.  The Republican super PACs are doing better than the Obama super PACs so far, but between the unions and the Democrat billionaires that will chip in, I expect parity among the unregulated, unlimited spending of outside groups. 

Obama’s fundraising is reported to have been anemic and not what some had expected.  Yet he has a huge financial advantage over Romney.  This is a problem.  The candidate with the most money often wins. 

Ed Rogers is a contributor to the PostPartisan blog, a political consultant and a veteran of the White House and several national campaigns. He is the chairman of the lobbying and communications firm BGR Group, which he founded with former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour in 1991.


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