In 2004, Howard Dean’s former campaign manager called it a “revolution.”
Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry had just capped off another impressive month of fundraising in his election fight against President George W. Bush. His June haul of $30 million had bumped his unprecedented three-month haul above $106 million.
“Is this a revolution? You bet,” wrote Joe Trippi, the former campaign manager of Howard Dean, who had lost to Kerry in the Democratic primary.
Yes, in 2004, Democrats were gloating about John Kerry’s impressive financing numbers. It mirrors the situation of presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney this year, after his campaign announced a whopping $106.1 million haul in June that outpaced President Barack Obama by $35 million.
“Our June fundraising is a sign that voters are fed up with President Obama’s failure to fix our economy and want a change of direction,” Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said Monday, learning of the Romney campaign and RNC’s joint fundraising result for June.
Take a look at what Trippi wrote back in July 2004:
Is this a revolution? You bet. And like the Boston Tea Party that launched a democratic revolt more than two centuries ago, it started small— in this case it began sixteen months ago with 432 supporters of Howard Dean each pledging to find one more person to contribute whatever they could to his nascent campaign.
But there are two pretty big differences in this campaign. First, in 2004, Bush was also raising sizable amounts and more than he did when he first ran against Al Gore in 2000. Obama raised less this June than he did in June 2008. Still, Kerry more than doubled Bush’s intake in some months, which Romney is not even close to doing.
Second, there’s the advent of unlimited spending by outside groups known as super PACs in this election. So far, Republican super PACs’ huge fundraising advantage also favours Romney.
Still, the comparison shows that the only thing a huge fundraising month in June — or any month, for that matter — proves is that it doesn’t guarantee an election win.
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