Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Obama Raises $6.2 Million In One Day, Surpassing Money Clinton Used From Her Own Pocket

In a fine show of financial power, the Obama for America campaign chair David Plouffe issued this email call to donation action:

Zenophon --

I was writing a note to you about the state of the race after Super Tuesday when we got some startling news.

The Clinton campaign just announced that Hillary and Bill Clinton injected $5 million of their personal fortune into her campaign a few days ago.

This is a dramatic move, and a clear acknowledgement that our campaign has the momentum. We saw undeniable evidence of that last night as the results came in.

Barack Obama won the most states and the most delegates on February 5th.

We have gotten to this point thanks to an unprecedented outpouring of support from ordinary Americans.

To date, more than 650,000 people like you have taken ownership of this campaign, giving whatever they can afford.

The Clinton infusion of $5 million -- and there are reports it could end up being as much as $20 million -- will give them huge resources for the next set of primaries and caucuses.

Thanks to you, we have raised more than $3 million since the polls closed on February 5th. But we have no choice -- we must match their $5 million right now.

We're going to do it the right way, with small donations from people like you. It's never been more urgent that you make a donation of $250 right now:

Just two weeks ago we were behind by double-digits in many of the states that voted yesterday, but Barack won 13 states to 8 states for Hillary Clinton, with one state (New Mexico) still counting votes.

This is an enormous victory, and it's all thanks to you.

We won yesterday because thousands upon thousands of individual supporters canvassed their neighborhoods, talked to their neighbors and friends, and made phone calls to remind their fellow supporters to get out the vote.

And we accomplished all of this with a campaign funded by ordinary people giving only what they can afford.

Yesterday was proof that America is ready for change -- and that you are the force to make that change happen.

But there's still a long way to go before Barack becomes the Democratic nominee. In the next week alone, six more states will hold their primaries and caucuses.

We need to match this $5 million personal contribution from the Clintons immediately and put these resources to work in the states that will vote next.

Please make a donation of $250 now:

Here are some details about yesterday's historic victory. According to official results and exit polls:

Barack won 2-to-1 in traditionally conservative states where Democrats are hungry for a nominee who can change the map and help Democrats up and down the ticket win in November

Our winning coalition included Americans of every race, background, and gender -- including 64% of women in Georgia

We scored wins in every region of the country -- New England, the Mid-Atlantic, the South, the Midwest, the Rocky Mountain states, and the West

Americans had a clear choice to make yesterday, and they chose Barack Obama.

Now let's match this $5 million and take this campaign into the next stage.

Thank you,


David Plouffe
Campaign Manager
Obama for America

This call to action has resulted in a new donation record of $6.2 million in one day, just beating the $5 milllion generated by Ron Paul supporters last year. It also says that, in contrast to the Clinton campaign, the Obama for America effort can litterally cause money to materialize from what seems to be a bottomless pit of a fiscal source: it's enormous base of over 600,000 donors.


Chelsea Clinton In Polling Place As It Opens - Big Mistake

Personally, I don't think it's a big deal but ABC News does as does the Drudge Report and WTNH in Connecticut. It seems that Senator Clinton and Bill Clinton's daughter Chelsea Clinton was delivering coffee and donuts to the poll workers in Connecticut just before polls opened, but remained until a few minutes after they were open, thus violating a law in that state prohibiting the apperance of a campaign worker or campaigner in or within 75 feet of a polling place.

I don't think she's going to jail for this, nor should she. Here's the video at ABC.

BUT...Why "butter up" polling place workers? What about all of the problems with vote tampering allegations? Now, I wonder. Could coffee and donuts buy a vote fix?

NY Giants Super Bowl XLII: Video Of "The Drive" Goes Viral - Hits YouTube Page One

Ok, this is the first time this has ever happened for me, but the video I created that shows the full final drive of the NY Giants to victory against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII has went viral. It's on the first page of YouTube and is one of the top most viewed videos as of this writing, with over 63,000 views!

You can see the video that has generated over 600 comments here:

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McCain Prevails; Barack Obama Wins 13 States; Clinton Slight Deligate Lead

In a dramatic, brusing, and by all accounts still Super Tuesday-into-Wednesday voting contest, Senator Barack Obama won the most states, Senator Clinton has a slight delegate edge, and Republican Senator John McCain's emerging as that party's front runner for the 2008 presidential nominee.

For the Democrats, Senator Obama, my favorite, was the top state winner, earning victories in 13 states, including some states that the campaign and many pundits didn't think he'd win, like Idaho. The bottom line is that in many races, race itself didn't matter; Obama won in states that barely have an African American population at all.

That's remarkable, considering the bad-rap the country (and CNN) has given it's collective self regarding race. Clinton - including pre-primary Super Delegates -- has 741 versus 659 for Senator Obama thus far, but with New Mexico not fully counted as of this writing, too close to call, and containing 38 more delegates. If Obama holds his slim lead there, it will cut Clinton's delegate lead to just 44. If we subtract the 100 or so Super-Deligates

McCain, on the other hand, is riding a clear path to the Republican nomination with 575 delegates, about half as many more as Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney.

Looking forward the remaining state contests are in Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Ohio, Texas and Pennsylvania. Obama goes into the stretch with $32 million in new money to spent. Remarkable.