Candy Crowley BIO
Senior Political Correspondent
You know on the income tax form, there’s that box you check if you want to put three dollars in a kitty to fund political campaigns? I’m not taking names here. I know you don’t pony up. Most people don’t.
Barack Obama doesn’t want your money anyway - at least not funneled through the US Treasury. He’s opting out.
Cutting to the bottom line, he raised more than $272 million in the primary season. (Notice how much smaller that sounds than what it really is? Over a quarter a BILLION dollars.) You can only spend 85 million if you take federal money in the general campaign. This must have been a nanosecond decision-making process.
Other bottom line: John McCain raised less than 99 million in the primary season. Calculator please.
WAIT WAIT WAIT. Do not surf away. I can make this interesting, or at least short.
There’s history here. Obama has raised so much money, he will be the first presidential nominee in a general campaign to refuse federal funding from a post-Watergate system designed to try to take the money out of politics.
Feel free to debate the success thereof.
There’s politics here: Before he became this walking, talking cash magnet, Obama gave strong signals he might accept federal funding after discussions with his opponent…(still trying to find out if those meetings ever really took place.)
McCainville –- channeling Hillary Clinton regularly now —- is already hitting Obama for being all about words, saying anything to be President.
Also expect to revisit the “who’s really for change” reformer argument.
Obama camp argues his bid IS campaign reform because he’s raising big money from a lot of people giving small money. Stick with me another graph.
Ergo, no access-buying. People don’t expect 200 dollars will get them a bill passed, a night in the White House, probably not even a thank you note.
So... I’m sitting here watching people in canoes paddling down former streets to see if anything remains of the life they left when the floods came, sobbing seniors who know what they’ve lost, farmers with fields under 2 feet of water and blissfully unaware pigs eating on a rooftop as it floats down river. The mighty Mississippi is beyond rage now, rolling through the Midwest, place of my heart.
I’m thinking if there was a box on the IRS form to put 3 dollars into a fund for people run over by life forces, people would check it.
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