In Friday’s edition of The Christian Science Monitor, the article, “For ’08, big money cuts both ways” offered some additional insight into Obama’s impressive fund-raising ability as well as his overall campaign:
*In New Hampshire some voters questioned Obama’s image of ‘the fresh politician’ who is untouched by the ‘ways of Washington’, when his first quarter results demonstrate that he is also deeply entrenched in the political fund-raising scheme.
—Obama countered by emphasizing his career long quest to downplay “the influence of money in politics.”
—Furthermore, Obama implied that if he didn’t play the fund-raising game, he would have no chance of remaining a contender.
*Additionally, many of Obama’s contributions came from relatively small donations ($25 and $100), while the official limit for an individual donor is $4,600.
*Lastly, Obama boasted more overall contributors that Clinton:
Obama: 100,000 contributors
Clinton: 50,000 contributors