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  •  The primary vs. general money is... (4+ / 0-)

    ...something I've wondered about.

    I've actually maxed out in the primary, anything more I give is money OFA cannot spend until September.  So I've held off on more giving, as I've got enough personal financial stuff to deal with first.

    But I've wondered if Romney has had a bigger share of his haul than Obama's as general election dollars.

    First Read is the best, this is yet another example of why they're a must-read.  No one else in the political media points out some of the things they point out.

    44, male, Indian-American, married and proud father of a girl and 2 boys, Democrat, VA-10

    by DCCyclone on Tue Jul 10, 2012 at 08:12:18 AM PDT

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    •  Doesn't this apply to Obama, too, though? (0+ / 0-)

      At least this answers my question of when the primary and general elections begin and end, legally speaking.

      On a similar note, might this explain the burst of fund raising in the fall in 2008, at least in part? I don't know what the campaign does if it receives more than it is legally allowed to accept, and it might not even be a thing for enough people for it to make a difference, but considering the size of Obama's donor base, I could understand if it juiced the totals to some degree.

      On a less related note, I saw a comment of yours yesterday regarding primary versus general election spending now compared to 2008. I've made similar points before, and it's nice to know I am not alone in my thinking.

      Jack Donaghy: "We're nipping this in the bud. Jenna's going to issue a formal apology tomorrow on "Hardball"....you do know what that is, don't you?" Jenna Maroney: "Yes. Should I prepare a song?"

      by bjssp on Tue Jul 10, 2012 at 08:41:22 AM PDT

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      •  It doesn't apply the same, no (0+ / 0-)

        Obama has far more grassroots donors and dollars from people of more modest means.

        Romney has a lot more rich people giving him money.

        This means Obama gets a much higher percentage of his money than Romney from people who, even with repeat donations, cannot afford the $2500 max for the primary, which in turn means a higher percentage of Obama's money than Romney's can be spent in the primary.

        Regarding fall 2008, no that's correct, because you're allowed to give general election dollars before the conventions, indeed at any time.  Obama got $5000 checks from people in spring 2011; he was allowed to spend only $2500 of each such check before the September 2012 convention, and has to bank the other $2500 until after the convention.

        While someone like me might wait until later to give any general election money, I'm unusual.  Most $2500 donors can afford $5000.  In my case, I couldn't afford $2500 all at once, but I could afford it in many smaller chunks......I'm a tweener that way, but not the norm.  And it's possible I won't give another dime depending on how my personal finances look going forward.

        44, male, Indian-American, married and proud father of a girl and 2 boys, Democrat, VA-10

        by DCCyclone on Tue Jul 10, 2012 at 09:13:49 AM PDT

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