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In an article just posted at the Hotline On Call blog, it looks like the Rodriguez campaign might have some 'splainin to do...

It seems as though the Rodriguez campaign still has $330K on hand.

In fact, he saved more money in the final month than he spent ($282K).

The Hotline is reasoning that Rodriguez's campaign may have been stocking up for a runoff election and is referencing former staffers' beliefs that the FEC report may have been misfiled.

But still, what gives?  I mean, I know a lot of pols look at the netroots as simply an ATM, but (if this is true) it's pretty ridiculous.  You've got to figure $330k could have paid for a few extra canvassers, robo-calls and visibility operations.  For a race as tight and important as this one, such a blunder is simply inexcusable.

Originally posted to MoRawn on Tue Apr 18, 2006 at 02:49 PM PDT.

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  •  I assume (0+ / 0-)

    that all of these guys are actually spending the money they're being sent.

  •  Just to clarify (0+ / 0-)

    Laredo is about as authentically Democratic as the South after Reconstruction.  The people may vote Democrat because they instinctively shun Republicans.  However, that makes them DINO's.  Ten times Ciro's leftovers probably wouldn't have swung the race.  Our showing was great regardless as this was pretty much intrusion politics; we converted a lot of those DINO's into actual Dems.

    Lobbyists need Republicans like pimps need whores.

    by electricgrendel on Tue Apr 18, 2006 at 02:55:58 PM PDT

  •  I'm sorry, could you add something more to that? (0+ / 0-)

    I'm not quite depressed enough yet.

    My apologies to students who took my U.S. Government class in the 90s: evidently the Constitution doesn't limit Presidential power after all. Who knew?

    by Major Danby on Tue Apr 18, 2006 at 03:03:00 PM PDT

  •  He was probably expecting a run-off... (6+ / 0-)
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    Jett, juls, msstaley, bustacap, brownsox, reid fan

    The CW was that Rodriguez would need to shore up all the Morales voters to beat Cuellar--and that would happen during the run-off.  Rodriguez probably intended to spend that scratch then.

    Obviously, it was a fatal mistake, and I'm hoping that Rodriguez will very publicly donate these funds to Democratic challengers in Texas and elsewhere as a show of support to the 50-state effort that went behind him.

  •  I'll bet the 'former staffers' are correct (0+ / 0-)

    This sounds a lot like a filing screw up. Ciro wasn't a brain surgeon, to be sure, but there's no way a professionally run campaign leaves $300k on the table. No way. This would have come up before now, as observers noted that his TV buys had gone down despite his contributions. $300k would be like a third of his total campaign, wouldn't it? You don't just "save" that kind of dough and have no one notice until the FEC papers come out.

  •  As With Kerry.... (2+ / 0-)
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    MH in PA, reid fan

    ...Guys, it happens all the time. It's nothing to get worked up about.

    9/11 + 4 Years = Katrina... Conservatism Kills.

    by NewDirection on Tue Apr 18, 2006 at 03:28:42 PM PDT

  •  As someone who donated (0+ / 0-)

    and doesn't have a whole lot of cash to spare in the first place: if he was saving it for the runoff, I'm not angry about it. I mean, yeah, there is an aspect of suckiness. But I see it as no worse than any other strategy decision that in hindsight turned out to be not the best choice.

    I can't speak for the inner circle of Busby's campaign, but as a casual volunteer and close observer, I know it was constantly a debate of should she go all out and hope for the 50% outright win, or since she is virtually guaranteed to go to the runoff, just save it for then? With polls taken on the same day as far as 7% difference (one had her at 47%, one had her at 40%), and changing every day, it was anybody's guess what the best course of action would be.

    So, I totally sympathize. Presumably, he will donate it to other candidates, which is perfectly fine with me--a plus even.

    Francine Busby for Congress in CA-50!

    by reid fan on Tue Apr 18, 2006 at 04:23:31 PM PDT

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