Oct 20, 2008

Obama raises more cash from individuals in predominately Republican Livingston County


The Livingston County Press & Argus did a nice piece of journalism using Open Secrets to report that Democratic Presidential nominee Barack Obama has raised more money in predominantly Republican Livingston County that GOP nominee John McCain.

According to the report, Obama had raised $35,637 through Sept. 21; more than $3,300 that McCain‘s $32,267 in individual donations. It’s rather surprising because the county has long been a GOP stronghold, and the last time the county went for a Democrat was in 1964, choosing President Johnson over conservative icon Sen. Barry Goldwater.

The joke, originated by an editor at the newspaper itself, was that Livingston County Democrats could hold their meetings in a phone booth. It appears we will need a larger and more lavish phone booth.

The county’s Representative in Congress since 2000 has been a Republican, both state Representative and the state Senator are Republicans, all the members of the County Board of Commissioner are Republicans, all county-wide partisan offices are held by Republicans and only some five partisan township offices are held by Democrats. In light of that, Obama winning the money race is huge.

The spin Livingston County GOP Chair Allan Filip put on it is embarrassing. Since taking over as the chair of the county party less than two years ago, he has come out with some unbelievable whoppers, but this one is right up there. He claims it’s because the Obama campaign is charging for yard signs,

All I have to say to that is a lot of people must be paying a lot of money for those signs.

"What I do know is what could be contributing to some of that is he was charging for collateral, such as yard signs," Filip said. "Just out of speculation, that could be a part of it. I think the reason why he was doing it was because he was trying to get his total number of small donations up.

You are embarrassing yourself. The McCain campaign also charges for yard signs as well. I like their classy “nobama” signs, and for a mere $8.95 you can have one.

Better buy a lot of make up that $3,000.

12 comments:

ka_Dargo_Hussein said...

Obama total - 460 million.

McCain total - http://www.opensecrets.org/pres08/summary.php?cycle=2008&cid=N00006424

ka_Dargo_Hussein said...

Crap...screwed up the McCain link...
Here it is again

McCain total - 250 million

Anonymous said...

Actually, the nobama signs are kind of clever...at least as witty as calling someone Grampy McSame.

Communications guru said...

That may be true, but I’m not running for president. Maybe Grampy should charge more for them so he can make up all that money he is behind from individual owners.

ka_Dargo_Hussein said...

I saw this over at fark.com on the politics tab...

There's some hope for constructive discussion between the parties.

*hat tip to McCain supporters*

Anonymous said...

Kevin:

One question: Will Obama, the superior human being, carry Livingston County?

Show some guts and put your prediction out here for us all to ridicule come Nov. 5.

ka_Dargo_Hussein said...

See how the Republicans lower their standards of winning? Instead of the US, it now all falls on the shoulders of the LivCo residents.

RyanP said...

my prediction:

McCain wins Liv. County with 54% of the vote

Communications guru said...

Sen. Obama is not the "superior human being," but he is the best Presidential Candidate. I don't think he will carry Livingston County, but it will help him win Michigan.

Communications guru said...

You may be correct, Ryan. I would be OK with that number, considering Bush won in 2004 with 63 percent.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for admitting you're going to fail in Livingston County, Guru.

The headline on this should read: "Left-wing blogger admits Obama will be a loser in Livingston County"

Communications guru said...

I don't consider that failing at all. The really important thing is we will help President Obama win Michigan on his way to more than 270 Electoral College votes and the White House. We are even forcing Mike Rogers spend some of his money on campaign TV ads that will not go to other Grand Oil Party candidates in trouble like Knollenberg and Walberg. Rogers had no intention of spending any money, just coasting and his PAC giving money to fund attack ads for other GOP candidates. That's not happening. That is far from failing, who-ever-you-are.