Friday, December 18, 2009

Sean Duffy's Money Bomb Bomb

I can't seem to find the final figures for Sean Duffy's "money bomb," but if what Duffy has put on his Facebook page is any indication, they don't look very good. Let's give him the benefit of the doubt and say that he raised $5,500, a number which elicits little more than a marginal "meh" from us.

To put that in context, $5,500 is well below what only three donors can give for just the primaries alone.

The point of a money bomb is volume and strength in numbers, an avalanche of small dollar donors that render obsolete big money contributors. That really didn't pan out in this case. Far more impressive than the total haul were the number of contributors (which at last count were at 112, but let's be generous and say Duffy finished the day with 120). That's about $46 a head. Duffy can go back to those folks for more money as the campaign wears on, but it's still far below our expectations.

And likely below the Duffy campaign's expectations as well. There's no press release with the final numbers for the day. The last Facebook message for the day was posted over 2 hours before the day ended, which gives the impression that the campaign just said "To hell with this!" and went to a bar or something. Duffy's fund-raising numbers were far more impressive than this guy's, but at least he managed to sound enthusiastic about it (then again, his expectations were marginal). Rand Paul, on other hand, raised $200,000. There are no shortage of reasons why, but it's still not the kind of figure with which one wants to be measured.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think the people relatize that Duffy is just another politician. They don't trust him with their money. Sean has been so "money" focused, does he have the creativity to run a campaign with low funds?

Dan Mielke did better than any other candidate against Obey with under 100k, in a bad Republican year. One other person did a little better in percentage, but that was in the Repubican landslide in 94.

So Miellke has proven he can do well without milking the people for funds. This year he has over 300k so far! Mielke seems to have the best chance against Obey.

Anonymous said...

Love how Mielke posts talking points 'anonymously' in reaction to Duffy. Really reaches out to the voters.

Dan's claiming monopoly money to the FEC, not 300k. He only has $1500 cash and has been called out as a liar on several occasions. His chances are 1 in...how much was Obey's stimulus package again?

How are you going to get your message out without funds Dan? Send a message to your 32 facebook fans?

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