Every now and then Gary Pearce makes an observation that causes me to think, "Hmmmm, I wish I'd said that." And yesterday he did it again.
Campaign finance reform is happening. Not because of new laws, but because of the Internet. That’s the real story behind Barack Obama’s phenomenal fundraising totals in the second quarter. A lot of the money came in online. He built a base of hundreds of thousands of small contributors – nearly all of whom can give more, and more, and more in the months ahead.
The other campaigns are playing the old game: big-dollar events for big-dollar givers. That’s how the Clintons did it in the White House, that’s how they’re doing it now and that’s why they’re falling behind.
Of course, online fundraising works for Obama because he has energized grassroots givers. Not every candidate can do that.
This should be a healthy lesson for potential candidates – like a Grier Martin – for U.S. Senate in North Carolina. (Emphasis added.)
Some say Grier Martin doesn't have enough experience to run for Senate. Some say he'd have trouble raising the $10 to $15 million it would take to compete. I say both of those are non-issues. If Grier spends any more time in Raleigh, all he'll run the risk of picking up bad habits from the power-brokers in the Senate. And as to raising money? No worries. Everyone knows Liddy Dole is extremely vulnerable, and it really doesn't matter how much money she has. All we need is a good, thoughtful and moderate candidate like Grier Martin.