What happened to the Schiff money bomb?Submitted by McClarinJ on Sun, 05/02/2010 - 12:41
Despite much hype and hope, on Saturday online donors gave just $36k to Peter Schiff's US Senate campaign in Connecticut. Probably a combination of issues contributed to the low money bomb results.
Some report Schiff's site would not accept their donation. (Can't rule out sabotage of some sort.) I hope they will try again today.
Then there's the timing. A Saturday MB may not be the best when people are out having fun in the spring weather. Also, many pay bills on last or first of month resulting in a cash pinch for May 1.
I've followed Rand Paul's race on Google and Peter's press is anemic by comparison. I was unaware he was doing much of anything. Then I learned about all the RTC activity (visits to Republican town committees in advance of the state GOP nominating convention) and it sorta made sense. The press is very incurious about these events or about the endorsements to follow so it's been almost like stealth campaign mode.
Those outside of CT haven't seen the ad campaign Peter rolled out after the last Republican primary voter survey that had him at 9%, so they have less reason to expect a spurt in voter support. Too bad a more recent poll that measured support against almost certain Democratic nominee Richard Blumenthal didn't also compare Republicans within their own primary since it would almost certainly have registered another few points for Peter, breaking him into double digits. (I suppose $36k is actually a terrific haul for a candidate who's only polling in single digits.)
Peter was given much more money earlier in the campaign but may now be caught between need for more cash and the need to prove worthiness to donors via a published voter survey. Polling has not been as frequent in Connecticut as it has been in Kentucky, probably because much is assumed on the basis of earlier lopsided results.