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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-23-08 10:49 PM
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24. Questioning Hillary's numbers

Questioning Hillary's numbers

Covering online fundraising is tricky. Reporters conventionally take campaigns' claims on faith; small-dollar contributions, then, are not required to be itemized, so they're hard to check. But with so little information, it's also hard to call numbers into question.

But Micah Sifry, of TechPresident, a fair-minded guy without a dog in the fight, doesn't buy some of Clinton's claims:

An email from Terry McAuliffe, Clinton campaign chairman, that I received three hours ago, says "More than 50,000 people have contributed to the campaign for the very first time in the last 24 hours alone." If 80% of Clinton's donations are from new givers, that implies a total number of about 60,000 donations. If we're very generous and assume an average donation of $100, which is high for first-time donors, that gives Clinton a current take of at most $6 million.

His logic makes sense to me. One way campaigns sometimes spin this: They steer large donors to the website, then count them as online donors. Still.

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Does anyone find it strange that Hillary raised only $8 million for the primary in March, and suddenly raises more than that in a day?

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