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Obama ekes a lead among Utah donors
The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 26 October 2008 | Matt Canham & Thomas Burr

Posted on 10/26/2008 5:24:15 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi

WASHINGTON - Utahns have topped the $10 million mark in supporting what will be by far the most expensive presidential race in U.S. history. State residents have forked over more than 10 times the amount they did during the 2004 election. But what may be more surprising is that in one of the most Republican states in the land, Democrat Barack Obama has raised more money than Republican John McCain. McCain had a $200,000 advantage in Utah donations at the start of October, but a recent surge in fundraising has given Obama a tiny $8,000 lead. Obama has outraised McCain in Utah by nearly 7-to-1 since the start of September. "That's really extraordinary," says Matthew Burbank, chairman of the University of Utah political science department. "Part of that clearly has to do with the Utah effects of what's happening nationally, because obviously Obama has developed a very sophisticated fundraising operation." A direct comparison between the candidates is impossible, because McCain decided to take $84 million in public financing after the Republican National Convention, requiring him to stop raising money in traditional ways. Obama became the first presidential candidate to opt out of the system, giving him far greater latitude to tap his donors for more cash. McCain can't raise money directly for his campaign account, but supporters have sent big checks to the "McCain Victory Fund," a joint account with the national party that helps pay for expensive television advertising and staff in battleground states. Obama also has a victory fund, which bypasses the normal $2,300 limit on individual contributions. Some Utahns have given more than $30,000 to these secondary accounts. When these victory funds are added to the normal campaign haul, Obama has raised $1.672 million in Utah to McCain's $1.664 million as of Oct. 15. In 2004, President Bush raised a little more than $500,000 and Democrat John Kerry raised only half that. In all, Utahns donated about $1 million that year. This election cycle, Utah ranks 23 in donations by state, despite that it has only the 34th largest population. Jeff Hartley, a Republican political consultant in Utah, says Obama's take is impressive given Utah's red glow. He attributes much of it to the enthusiasm gap among Republicans and Democrats. "It's not too surprising that the excitement the Democrats feel toward Obama has drawn him equal in dollars to the lack of enthusiasm a lot of Utahns have for McCain," Hartley said. Many Utahns supported Mitt Romney, a Mormon and head of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, who dropped out of the race in February. Romney raised $5.5 million from the state, more than Obama and McCain combined. Still, Utahns have given McCain more than three times what they gave Bush in 2004. "Maybe we're seeing a new era of political contributions in Utah, which all of us who work in politics hope would happen," Hartley said. Utah Democrats are ecstatic at Obama's fundraising totals, hoping that it will lead to electoral success for local candidates as well. They say the neck-and-neck fundraising race is remarkable considering the fundraisers hosted on behalf of McCain by President Bush, Romney and Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. "In most Utahns' lifetimes, there hasn't been anything like this," said Utah Democratic Party Executive Director Todd Taylor. "The widespread enthusiasm we are seeing this year is truly unprecedented." And some have done much more than donate; both campaigns have turned to wealthy and connected supporters to act as bundlers, who solicit funds from their contacts on behalf of their favorite candidate. Bundlers, made famous by President Bush, have been quite active in the race that has already surpassed $1.5 billion in contributions. McCain has received more than $76 million from his elite fundraisers. Obama's have helped him bring in $63 million. Federal laws require little disclosure of bundlers, though the campaigns voluntarily release their names and the rough amounts they have raised. McCain has identified six bundlers from Utah, including the governor, Attorney General Mark Shurtleff and David Simmons, a major Republican donor who owns a number of radio stations. Simmons, who beyond his own contributions raised between $50,000 and $100,000 for McCain, said he held a fundraiser at his home and called his friends and business associates. He said Romney's big haul from Utah made it more difficult to raise money for McCain, but it did help that the argument changed from "who is the better person to be our nominee to how do we help our nominee." Obama lists only one bundler from Utah. John Cumming, who owns ski resorts including Park City Mountain Resort, has raised between $50,000 and $100,000. That's on top of the $4,600 he and his wife, Kristi, donated to Obama's campaign account and the $74,000 they donated to the "Committee for Change," a joint account between the campaign and the Democratic National Committee. The Cummings held a fundraiser for Obama in August 2007. As a thank-you, the state Democratic Party named Kristi Cumming as a superdelegate to the national convention. Don Peay, who has raised between $100,000 and $250,000 in Utah donations for McCain, is an expert at priming the pump for candidates. He has raised money for President Bush, Romney and even Democratic Rep. Jim Matheson. He claims a common-sense motivation: "I do it because you reap what you sow. If you don't elect good people, you get bad government."


TOPICS: Local News
KEYWORDS: fundraising; obama; utah
This is either an example of fundraising fraud on the part of Obama or a sign of impending doom for McCain.
1 posted on 10/26/2008 5:24:15 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi
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To: Erik Latranyi

How much of this is the unending 5th column attack
of Romney and his RomneyBOTS against the GOP?


2 posted on 10/26/2008 5:30:02 AM PDT by Diogenesis (Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)
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To: Diogenesis

Any evidence for this wild claim ?


3 posted on 10/26/2008 5:34:18 AM PDT by Dagnabitt (What (child) Would Mohammad Do?)
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To: Erik Latranyi

There is absolutely NO WAY Obama raises more money in Utah than McCain! This is very indicative of fraud going on in the Obama campaign fundraising.


4 posted on 10/26/2008 5:35:01 AM PDT by Wpin
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To: Wpin
"This is very indicative of fraud going on in the Obama campaign fundraising."

I'm sure that's right. I believe after this thing is over, the amount of fraud revealed behind Hussein's fund raising will be staggering.

5 posted on 10/26/2008 5:40:43 AM PDT by KoRn (Barack Obama Must Be Stopped!!!)
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To: Dagnabitt
It was a question, not a claim, based upon Romney's
history of dispicable behavior.

As but one example:
"....John McCain rightly did not like Romney's tactics during the primaries.
(W)hen (Romney's early leads) started slipping away, he resorted to unfair,
distorted, scorched-earth negative ads, betting that his opponents couldn't
afford to spend enough for the truth to catch up to his charges."
[Romney: A Mistake for McCain, 7/23/2008, Dick Morris]

6 posted on 10/26/2008 5:46:27 AM PDT by Diogenesis (Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)
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To: Erik Latranyi

It sounds like Obama is beginning to funnel foreign money through Utah now.


7 posted on 10/26/2008 5:49:37 AM PDT by Hoodat (Obama's only connection to the descendants of American Slaves is that his muslim ancestors sold them)
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To: Hoodat

I think you are right. There must be some Utahans (most likely from California) who are big donors, but we all know that bundlers are the ones who bring in lots of money. By not showing his donor list (and the MSM not demanding it), he can get away with this


8 posted on 10/26/2008 5:57:55 AM PDT by t2buckeye
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To: Diogenesis

Romney, along with Giuliani, Thompson and Huckabee, has been tirelessly campaigning for McCain across the country. This “Romneybot” will be voting McCain Nov 4 because the alternative is a move towards Socialism. Romney withdrew from the race in order to unify the party behind the party’s nominee. Hardly the actions of someone who is trying to destroy the party.

But none of that matters, does it? You don’t oppose Romney. You hate his guts with all your being. Please, leave the blind hatred to the Liberals. They seem to like it, let them have it. We need to be above that kind of thing if we are going to retake the lead in the political arena of ideas.


9 posted on 10/26/2008 6:10:02 AM PDT by Reaganesque
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To: Reaganesque

If you look closely you will see a coven of RomneyBOTs
who have attacked Gov. Palin (and thus the GOP ticket).

None of that matters to you, it seems. You people want
the McCain/Palin ticket to fail for your Master.


10 posted on 10/26/2008 6:15:28 AM PDT by Diogenesis (Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)
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To: Erik Latranyi
BTW, if you don't want to worry about HTML coding the article you post, select the print option that most news sites give you to print the article out. It will give you a new screen with just the article and no advertising. Then, highlight the article, right click and select "view selection source." Another window will open up with the article and it's source HTML coding highlighted. Copy that and post it. No muss, no fuss. :-)

Here's how it would look when you do it that way:

WASHINGTON - Utahns have topped the $10 million mark in supporting what will be by far the most expensive presidential race in U.S. history.
    State residents have forked over more than 10 times the amount they did during the 2004 election.
    But what may be more surprising is that in one of the most Republican states in the land, Democrat Barack Obama has raised more money than Republican John McCain.
    McCain had a $200,000 advantage in Utah donations at the start of October, but a recent surge in fundraising has given Obama a tiny $8,000 lead.
    Obama has outraised McCain in Utah by nearly 7-to-1 since the start of September.
    "That's really extraordinary," says Matthew Burbank, chairman of the University of Utah political science department. "Part of that clearly has to do with the Utah effects of what's happening nationally, because obviously Obama has developed a very sophisticated fundraising operation."
    A direct comparison between the candidates is impossible, because McCain decided to take $84 million in public financing after the Republican National Convention, requiring him to stop raising money in traditional ways. Obama became the first presidential candidate to opt out of the system, giving him far greater latitude to tap his donors for more cash.
    McCain can't raise money directly for his campaign account, but supporters have sent big checks to the "McCain Victory Fund," a joint account with the national party that helps pay for expensive television advertising and staff in battleground states.
    Obama also has a victory fund, which bypasses the normal $2,300 limit on individual contributions. Some Utahns have given more than $30,000 to these secondary accounts.
    When these victory funds are added to the normal campaign haul, Obama has raised $1.672 million in Utah to McCain's $1.664 million as of Oct. 15.
    In 2004, President Bush raised a little more than $500,000 and Democrat John Kerry raised only half that. In all, Utahns donated about $1 million that year.
    This election cycle, Utah ranks 23 in donations by state, despite that it has only the 34th largest population.
    Jeff Hartley, a Republican political consultant in Utah, says Obama's take is impressive given Utah's red glow. He attributes much of it to the enthusiasm gap among Republicans and Democrats.
    "It's not too surprising that the excitement the Democrats feel toward Obama has drawn him equal in dollars to the lack of enthusiasm a lot of Utahns have for McCain," Hartley said.
    Many Utahns supported Mitt Romney, a Mormon and head of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, who dropped out of the race in February. Romney raised $5.5 million from the state, more than Obama and McCain combined. Still, Utahns have given McCain more than three times what they gave Bush in 2004.
    "Maybe we're seeing a new era of political contributions in Utah, which all of us who work in politics hope would happen," Hartley said.
    Utah Democrats are ecstatic at Obama's fundraising totals, hoping that it will lead to electoral success for local candidates as well. They say the neck-and-neck fundraising race is remarkable considering the fundraisers hosted on behalf of McCain by President Bush, Romney and Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr.
    "In most Utahns' lifetimes, there hasn't been anything like this," said Utah Democratic Party Executive Director Todd Taylor. "The widespread enthusiasm we are seeing this year is truly unprecedented."
    And some have done much more than donate; both campaigns have turned to wealthy and connected supporters to act as bundlers, who solicit funds from their contacts on behalf of their favorite candidate.
    Bundlers, made famous by President Bush, have been quite active in the race that has already surpassed $1.5 billion in contributions. McCain has received more than $76 million from his elite fundraisers. Obama's have helped him bring in $63 million.
    Federal laws require little disclosure of bundlers, though the campaigns voluntarily release their names and the rough amounts they have raised.
    McCain has identified six bundlers from Utah, including the governor, Attorney General Mark Shurtleff and David Simmons, a major Republican donor who owns a number of radio stations.
    Simmons, who beyond his own contributions raised between $50,000 and $100,000 for McCain, said he held a fundraiser at his home and called his friends and business associates.
    He said Romney's big haul from Utah made it more difficult to raise money for McCain, but it did help that the argument changed from "who is the better person to be our nominee to how do we help our nominee."
    Obama lists only one bundler from Utah. John Cumming, who owns ski resorts including Park City Mountain Resort, has raised between $50,000 and $100,000. That's on top of the $4,600 he and his wife, Kristi, donated to Obama's campaign account and the $74,000 they donated to the "Committee for Change," a joint account between the campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
    The Cummings held a fundraiser for Obama in August 2007. As a thank-you, the state Democratic Party named Kristi Cumming as a superdelegate to the national convention.
    Don Peay, who has raised between $100,000 and $250,000 in Utah donations for McCain, is an expert at priming the pump for candidates. He has raised money for President Bush, Romney and even Democratic Rep. Jim Matheson.
    He claims a common-sense motivation: "I do it because you reap what you sow. If you don't elect good people, you get bad government."

Hope that helps.

11 posted on 10/26/2008 6:16:06 AM PDT by Reaganesque
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To: Diogenesis

Seek help. Seriously.


12 posted on 10/26/2008 6:16:52 AM PDT by Reaganesque
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To: Diogenesis

Name one.


13 posted on 10/26/2008 6:18:42 AM PDT by Reaganesque
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To: t2buckeye

Since you can put a fake name and a fake address on Obama’s web form and still donate via credit card, this money could be coming from anywhere.


14 posted on 10/26/2008 6:28:42 AM PDT by scrabblehack
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To: Diogenesis
America is on the cusp of electing a Marxist president and you still can't get over your abject hatred of Mitt Romney and Mormons. You really need to seek professional help.

Did it ever occur to you that one rich billionaire (probably the same guy who is funding the gay marriage fight in California) can trump tens of thousands of small donors?

15 posted on 10/26/2008 6:29:35 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or, are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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To: Vigilanteman

Romney’s venal behavior has NOTHING to do with Mormons
who are great people.


16 posted on 10/26/2008 6:36:06 AM PDT by Diogenesis (Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)
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To: Reaganesque
BTW, if you don't want to worry about HTML coding the article you post, select the print option that most news sites give you to print the article out.

I usually post it correctly, but was being rushed by my 4-year old son. Sorry for the crappy formatting.

17 posted on 10/26/2008 6:41:43 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi (Too many conservatives urge retreat when the war of politics doesn't go their way.)
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To: Reaganesque; Diogenesis
Please, leave the blind hatred to the Liberals. They seem to like it, let them have it. We need to be above that kind of thing if we are going to retake the lead in the political arena of ideas.

No kidding, we need to stick together more now than ever.

I spent the day yesterday wth a Mormon, a Calvinist, a Nazerene a Babtist, And a bunch of Catholics. and 2 undenominationals. ( 7 state legislators) We were all brothers and sisters in Christ, and all Americans who want to save America.
18 posted on 10/26/2008 6:44:14 AM PDT by Delphinium
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To: Wpin

Brigham Young and all his wives donated to the Obama campaign. They’ll vote for him, too.


19 posted on 10/26/2008 6:50:29 AM PDT by Tax-chick (After 5:00 p.m., slip brains through slot in door.)
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To: Delphinium

Thank you for posting a “return to reason”!


20 posted on 10/26/2008 7:16:17 AM PDT by Issaquahking (Obama/Biden team puts their faith in Gov't. McCain/Palin team puts their faith in YOU!)
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To: KoRn
"I believe after this thing is over, the amount of fraud revealed behind Hussein's fund raising will be staggering."

If Obama is elected, all of the fraud at the ballot box and in fund raising will vanish like magic. If McCain is elected, it will all be ignored just as it always has been by former Republican administrations.

21 posted on 10/26/2008 7:17:28 AM PDT by penowa
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To: Diogenesis

Does giving to Obama count towards your tithe?


22 posted on 10/26/2008 9:35:46 AM PDT by Defiant (NY Times carried the world's commies on its back but then...... Ad-Less Shrugged)
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To: Reaganesque

good post


23 posted on 10/26/2008 9:38:58 AM PDT by Dagnabitt (What (child) Would Mohammad Do?)
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To: Erik Latranyi

LOL! Been there, done that!


24 posted on 10/26/2008 10:45:56 AM PDT by Reaganesque
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To: Delphinium

“I spent the day yesterday wth a Mormon, a Calvinist, a Nazerene a Babtist, And a bunch of Catholics. and 2 undenominationals. ( 7 state legislators) We were all brothers and sisters in Christ, and all Americans who want to save America.”


No major Christian church accepts Mormonism as Christian, what is the official position of your church on Mormon Baptism?


25 posted on 10/26/2008 9:33:49 PM PDT by ansel12 ( When a conservative pundit mocks Wasilla, he's mocking conservatism as it's actually lived.)
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To: Diogenesis
By your own logic, Mormons can't be great people if they supported Romney in overwhelming numbers. Granted, you might be one of the few of the anti-Romney crowd who only hates him and not all Mormons. To tell you the truth, it got very hard to tell the difference during this election cycle.

I'm not talking about the people who disagreed with Mitt Romney. Hell, I was one of them. I'm talking about the foam-at-the-mouth rabid moonbats who hate him like Bill Ayres and Osama Bin Laden hate America. Their hatred of Romney in particular and Mormons in general became totally indistinguishable whenever a thread topic mentioned either.

Funny thing is, if the thread topic was Harry Reid (probably as good a Mormon as Ted Kennedy is a Catholic), these same group of moonbats was nowhere to be found.

26 posted on 10/27/2008 4:47:02 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or, are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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