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Wednesday, July 16, 2003


2nd Quarter Fundraising Info

posted by G at Wednesday, July 16, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
Actual total: $7.6 million! Now the Dean-doubters are having to shift their line from "Yes, Dean is interesting, but can he raise money?" to "Well, money isn't everything." Here are some details via the Note:
--Salaries plus payroll taxes: about $1.1 million. Fraction of total disbursements: about a third.
--Travel expenses are low, low, low. Why? A Dean campaign (not so) secret: the candidate and staff stay with supporters.
--Aside from salaries, direct mail was the second largest Dean disbursement.
--Dean raised more than $100,000 from 10 states and more than $50,000 from 18.
--The itemized Dean donor who comes first on the alphabet is David Aaker from Oneida, California. He lists his occupation as a "prophet."
--According to's tabulation, at least 792 attorneys, nearly 200 college professors, and 101 artists contributed.
--Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont was paid about $50,000 for comprehensive health insurance covering Dean employees.
--The Air Charter Team of Kansas, City, Mo. handled most of the flying around.
--There's also that $300,000 media expense we all know about.

The Balz-Edsall story has this to say about Dean and matching funds: "The Dean campaign said it received contributions from 73,226 individuals in the second quarter, and it estimated that more than 60 percent of the total it has raised this year qualifies for federal matching grants under the public financing program that provides taxpayer money equaling the contributions of $250 or less from individuals."

"The matching rate for Dean is much higher than the normal level which, according to the FEC, is usually in the 25 percent to 33 percent range. That will give Dean a built-in cushion in January, when the federal funds are dispersed, even if the other candidates outraise him in the next six months."


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