USA Today supplied a "State by State Look at (political) Contributions" chart which showed some very interesting results. I have noted a few below which stood out for me given their implications and/or questions these results raise:
- Top States -- Regardless of party affiliation the residents of California and New York have supplied the vast majority of current fundraising totals for all the candidates currently running.
- North Dakota -- of all 50 states and for all 18 candidates North Dakota has the unique distinction of being the only one with "$0.00" raised by any candidate. Which one you might wonder?? US Senator/former First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton. NOW I JUST NEED TO CONVINCE MY WIFE WE NEED TO MOVE TO NORTH DAKOTA!!!!
- "No State Given" -- for this category US Senator Barack Obama sits at the top of all 18 candidates having raised nearly $5.5 million from people who did not declare a state of residence on their Federal Elections Commission (FEC) paperwork. The next closest candidate here is John Edwards with $1.8 million from "No State Given" -- I am not certain what this means for Obama but I have to wonder - WHERE do these people live?
- "Cash on Hand" -- An important political campaign measurement tool which is simply total donations minus total expenses which yields the "Cash on Hand" (COH) -- the fuel that keeps campaigns operating. According to the chart I read I calculated that the Democrats have $59 million COH while Republicans candidates have $29 million COH thus creating a "$30 MILLION COH gap". Wait a minute, I thought the Republican Party was filled with rich, fat cats who write big checks so where did the Democrats find this extra $30 million?
Overall we have a number of candidates who appear to have the resources (money, name ID, "buzz", etc.) to stay in the race to the White House for a long time so 2007 should be a fun campaign year for political junkies and the average citizen since we all benefit if candidates have competition don't you think? Think of voting as your personal shopping -- if you hate WalMart's choices you can simply drive over to Target store to make your selection.
Voter choice is consumer choice,