Democratic Presidential Candidate Expenditures
by Chris Bowers, Wed Jun 06, 2007 at 10:06:20 AM EDT
Democratic Presidential Candidate Expenditures, 2007 Q1
|Candidate||Salaries / Benefits||Supplies + Rent||Polling||Fundraising||Travel||Campaign Events||Internet Media|
Here are some quick thoughts:
- Obama spent the most in all of these categories, except for salaries / benefits, where Edwards leads, and polling, where Biden stunningly leads.
- Obama's expenditures on Internet media are five times more than the rest of the field combined. Dodd is actually in second place in that category.
- Edwards and Obama are spending a ton of money on travel. I'm not really sure what that means, except that they might be travelling with large groups.
- Reports that Edwards did not spend any money on polling appear to be inaccurate. Richardson actually spent the least amount of money on polling in Q1, but that probably changed in Q2 after he started running ads in Iowa and New Hampshire. Focus groups for ads and post ad-buy polls cost money.
- Clearly, the numerous, large campaign events for Clinton and Obama don't come cheap.
- The staff and office supply gaps between Clinton, Obama / Edwards and Dodd / Biden / Richardson show a real problem for second tier candidates. They just don't have the same size of operation to manage a campaign.
- What's up with Biden's massive fundraising and polling expenditures? It is funny how much money he has spent on those aspects of a campaign, with spending only $2,600 on actual campaign events. Not exactly a grassroots campaign.
- Clinton appears to be getting the most bang for for fundrasing buck, but it is important to remember that is probably the result of years of work building up a huge donor network. Many other candidates have to start, relatively speaking, almost from scratch.
Update: The money Edwards supposedly spent on polling doesn't actually seem to be polling. Check it out for yourself. I have no idea how those expenditures count as polls.