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Sweet blog: Obama, Clinton spending on polling, research.UPDATE


WASHINGTON—Democratic White House hopeful Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) outspent chief rival Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) on polling and research by almost three to one during the last three months, according to the latest financial disclosure reports filed on Sunday. But the polling costs may be more even because Clinton owes her pollsters money.

Clinton uses one firm, Penn, Schoen & Berland, paying them for polling ten times during the second quarter of 2008 for a total of $237,500. But the firm is also owed $421,873.65 --though some of that may be for direct mail services, not polls.

Obama made 16 payments during April, May and June to four companies his campaign uses for a total of $620,793. Obama’s team paid the Benenson Strategy Group; Brilliant Corners Research; David Binder Research and Harstad Strategic Research.


So what is the scoop value of this post? I must be missing something.

Nothing would be better than to have Obamma beat out Hillary!

While the U.S. government and media keep focusing on defense policies and the war in Iraq, 1.2 billion people in the world continue surviving on less than $1 dollar a day. I would like to see all presidential candidates regardless of their political affiliations, support more international problems that affect our place in this world, such as global poverty. We should not forget the commitment made towards the U.N. Millennium Goals (a pact of ending extreme world hunger by the year 2025) in 2000. While the U.S. government and media keep focusing on defense policies and the war in Iraq, 1.2 billion people in the world continue surviving on less than $1 dollar a day. According to The Borgen Project, an annual $19 billion dollars is needed to eliminate half of the extreme poverty affecting the world by the year 2015. To my sense, it is almost unacceptable to have spent so far more than $340 billion in Iraq only, when we have more than war immunities to change the world and eliminate poverty.


Do you have a life?

Ok now what is so important or more so the point of this??????

I have zero doubt, that if the names in the post were the other way around, and that it said Hillary outspends Obama on poll research, you guys would be outraged.

I doubt that Jerald would say: "So what is the scoop value of this post? I must be missing something." if this was about Clinton.

Or if Dee would have said: "Lynn, Do you have a life?"

I hope it would be so, but I very much doubt it, look within people, be honest. Hillary hatred lies deep within, shamelessly so...

this is noteworthy because Sen Clinton has a reputation of relying too heavily on polling and focus groups, maybe that's a misconception.

Yes, Dee – Lynn has a life and part of that life is providing relevant political news to those of us who are interested. If you’re not interested in political news, I’d respectfully suggest that there are plenty of other blogs for you to visit.

I donated to the campaign. Your welcome to look up my name on and see my many little donations. I am glad he is spending money on polling and research. He is new unlike others who are running and its important to him and the satff to get this right. I know i have taken a few polls and i am honest when i do and it doesn't matter who is hosting them. Polls and research can help him better facilitate taking care of those who support him and even those who don't. He will be in office most of his life (because he is a serving type of person) and he will need those answers. I am sure he will share pertinent information to those who can also use the research to make life better for everybody. I know that because he has already shown much of his research through the answers he has given on his web site. He has offered a great health plan that is passable in congress. Barack understands that he needs to work across party lines. Barack has attracted many republicans, who have lost respect for the dishonesty of some of the past republicans and some of the present ones. The best thing about Barack is how he has such an open site and a group of caring people, who are not thinking about decieving others. If the worse happens and Barack doesn't win, i will know in my heart, he has helped to change the direction of this election and the world. I can also know i am a part of that helping.

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