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I just received an email from Bill Clinton asking for a donation to Kerry/Edwards.  The fact that there are only two days left was mentioned.  I am baffled and need some help.

If Kerry is going to accept federal funds for the post-primary season, then while it is true that he has only two more days to raise money, it is also true that he has only two more days to spend money.  They can't possibly spend all the cash they have on hand now in two days.  Why are they asking for more?

If Kerry is going to reject federal funds (and I hope he doesn't), then he can raise and spend money for months.  Why the "two more days" pitch?

Is there something I don't understand about campaign finance rules?

Originally posted to ScientistMom in NY on Tue Jul 27, 2004 at 11:44 AM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  I'm confused by it, too (none)
    My only guess: Trickle down.

    Whatever the campaign doesn't spend by Thursday goes to the DNC and to down-ticket candidates.

    That's my best guess. If I were really motivated, I'd do the research, but... I am not really motivated. I've given my limit, monetarily speaking, so it's out of my hands.

    Maryscott O'Connor -- Rage, rage, against the lying of the Right.

    by Maryscott OConnor on Tue Jul 27, 2004 at 03:46:36 PM PDT

  •  They Turn Unspent Cash Over to the Party (none)
    --so that it can be used in other races around the country.

    Another one of the reasons that George W. Bush's ability to raise obscene gobs money was such a worry.

    "The world is full of Eddie Barzooms just jogging into the future." -Satan in The Devil's Advocate

    by LeftHandedMan on Tue Jul 27, 2004 at 03:46:50 PM PDT

  •  Like the others said... (none)
    I suppose the money goes to the DNC and to other candidates...still, it's just poor taste, and it's sucking money away from those other candidates. There are a lot of people running for office that are having trouble raising money, and they won't necessarily get any money from the DNC, the DCCC, or the DSCC.
    •  It's only (none)
      two days. When Kerry starts his hand-shaking tours, he'll be raising dough for House and Senate candidates too. And local parties.

      -fink

      Nightly Convention Coverage at Fink Tank 3000!

      by fink on Tue Jul 27, 2004 at 03:58:42 PM PDT

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    •  nah (none)
      sucking money away from those other candidates

      No it isn't -- this is just two days; those candidates have three more months to raise money.  And as Kos has noted time and again, the DNC has the ability to dump a shedload of money on a race at a critical time.  This is a great time for Kerry to raise dough because the base is all het up from last night.  Plus, don't think we're done working to ensure a Kerry/Edwards victory -- the RNC's going to get a lot of Bush dough as well to use in their races, including for Bush/Cheney.  Our boys still need every dollar, even if they have to trust Terry McAuliffe to spend it for them after Thursday.

  •  Pre-pay (none)
    I think they can pay now for future stuff, like TV ads in August and September, for example.  They can also stock up on stuff they know they will need, like bumper stickers, signs, office supplies, etc.

    "This democracy thing is fun" - dumb angel, dKos member

    by Fran for Dean on Tue Jul 27, 2004 at 03:51:26 PM PDT

  •  I sent Kerry $50 (none)
    two weeks ago, from their home page, and I was supposed to get 50 Kerry/Edwards bumper stickers.  I still haven't got them.  That's dumb.  They should fast-track that stuff, or at least get it out within a week.

    "In politics, every day is filled with numerous opportunities for serious error. Enjoy it." - Donald Rumsfeld, "Rumsfeld's Rules", WSJ 1/29/01

    by reef the dog on Tue Jul 27, 2004 at 04:06:10 PM PDT

  •  I think it's a bait and switch (none)
    OK, that's too strong a way to describe it. But I think the Kerry/Edwards campaign recognizes that folks are much more likely to donate to it than to the DNC. K/E is going to be shifting funds to the DNC, which most likely will be spent on the presidential race.

    My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right. Sen Carl Schurz

    by Bill Rehm on Tue Jul 27, 2004 at 04:09:23 PM PDT

  •  I think KE04 (none)
    wants to run up the total as much as possible to show they've outraised bush for the 4th month in a row. It's another opportunity to get a positive story into the news cycle next week.

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