Tomorrow marks the deadline for the 4th quarter FEC reports. It’s time for all the campaigns to lay it on the table, and basically, to read them & weep.
For more than one campaign, it could mark the beginning of the serious campaign… or the beginning of the end.
And lest you think some are oblivious to the fact that a lack of funds means that you might not be moving forward, here’s a passage from Stace Nelson’s recent fundraising letter, which might be a prescient statement:
As you may know, the Federal Election Commission requires regular campaign finance reporting. These reports are made public and often scoured by groups and individuals, eager to size up the strengths and weaknesses of various candidates’ campaigns.
Financial support plays a huge role in national groups’ decisions regarding whether a candidate is worthy of support.
They want to put their money behind a serious candidate who has a real organization and base of support. The true yardstick will be how many supporters we’ve secured and the total number of dollars raised.
With 6 months to go, it’s time to separate the real candidates from the pretenders.