I’m on the Obama e-mail list.
It’s not unusual to get several messages a day asking for cash.
Sounds like desperation to me if you have to keep e-mailing people asking them to donate $5-bucks...
Me too, it’s pathetic and funny!
Actually, it’s the chickens coming home to roost. Allow me to explain.
Since 2000, I’ve noticed that the DNC has depended more and more upon large donors to make their numbers. The days of “a zillion small donors” were coming to an end for the DNC starting with the Gore campaign. Why? Well, let’s cut to the chase: Since the Gore campaign, the DNC has run candidates who aren’t really that good at retail politics. They’re high-n-mighty speechifying elitists who confab with their educational cohort - Ivy Leaguers in business, government, universities, etc. But actually rub shoulders with the unwashed? Uh, no.
Meanwhile, the GOP started to get more and more of their money from small (< $1K) donors.
Just as with tax revenues in states like CA, when the “big money” runs into trouble or they decide to no longer play the game, suddenly the party that depends on the whales is in a deep, deep deficit situation.
That’s the DNC’s position today: The big bucks people, especially some of the sources on Wall Street and in business, aren’t giving to the DNC any more. They’re not giving to the Obama campaign. Both the Obama campaign and the DNC are finding that the little people aren’t buying their pablum - which is why they keep trying to make this election about the whole “war on women” jazz all the time. The DNC/Obama team MUST be in a position where they sell themselves as the salvation, the last bulwark against those nasty Republicans who are going to set up shop in single women’s tingly bits.