WASHINGTON—The Democratic presidential campaigns of Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton are hustling today trying to manage the “expectation primary” over second quarter fund-raising for the period ending on June 30.
In a new Clinton campaign web site http://www.hillaryhub.com/ the headlines tout muscular stories about the potential of Clinton beating Obama in the money chase. The Clinton campaign e-mailed news of the site on the day the New York Times pegs in a story that Clinton’s second quarter haul at $23.2 million.
Ben Smith over at the Politico obtained “from a source close to the campaign, a set of the campaign's talking points, which are circulating internally, on Clinton's alleged fundraising strength.”
Obama spokesman Bill Burton, asked who generated the memo—aimed to massively downplay expectations-- said, “We haven’t confirmed that that memo is from our campaign.’’
Over at the Huffingtonpost, Roy Sekoff writes “sources close to both candidates” say “that the Obama campaign will surpass the Clinton campaign in second quarter fundraising.”
An Obama spokesman told the Sun-Times Thursday they are on track to haul in $20 million for the past three months. Obama’s camp low-balled first quarter estimates.