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Sweet: Penn, Wolfson arguing in conference call now why Obama is not electable. Obama hauls in more than $40 million in March.

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SKOKIE, ILL.--The Clinton campaign Thursday morning conference call is featuring communications chief Howard Wolfson and top strategist Mark Penn. The call is in progress, but off the top Penn laid out what he called the "powerful arguments" about Clinton's electability. Meanwhile, the Obama campaign said it raised more than $40 million in March, another big haul and more than Clinton's monthly figure.

Both candidates are heading to California for fund-raisers this week--and while Clinton has also raised a lot of money--her team did not offer a figure this morning--there are two points that are significant: Obama is outspending and outraising Clinton and Clinton and Obama are both outraising Sen. John McCain (R-Az.)

"At the end of the day, she is the one who is the most electable" McCain Penn just said.

"Sen. Obama's lead is almost all from caucuses," Penn said.

He said Clinton is doing better with critical swing voter groups.. middle class, Catholic, women and Latino voters.

The Clinton campaign launched a petition drive to put pressure on Democratic party leaders and Obama to have the Michigan and Florida delegates seated at the Denver convention in August.


From the Obama campaign...

March Fundraising by the Numbers

Total Raised in March: More than $40 million

Contributors in March: More than 442,000

First-Time Contributors in March: More than 218,000

Average Contribution: $96

Total Contributors to Date: More than 1,276,000

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18 Comments

I highly recommend that people go to humanevents.com and read Ann Coulter's column about Obama's book, "Dreams From My Father". Ms. Coulter points out the pages and the quotes where Obama makes blatantly racist comments about white people, even his own mother. Now I know you liberals will say Coulter is a biased conservative so you can't' believe her. But all she is doing is quoting Obama, so it's not her opinions.

Sure, Obama can have more individual donors, because that how big business is suppling him with donations. http://factcheck.org Obama's campaign is trying to create a distinction without very much of a practical difference.. Political action committee funds are pooled contributions from a company's or and organization's individual employees or members; corperations lobbyists often have a big say as to where a PAC's donations go. But a PAC can give no more tan $5000 per candidate, per election. Obama $9,500 recieved from Chevron employees giving money individually. Two oil executives are bundling money for Obama- drumming up donations from individuals and turning them over to the campaign. George Kaiser , chairman, of Kaiser-Francis Oil co. has raised $50,000 to $100,000 for Obama. When Obama states, he doesnt take money DIRECTLY from oil companies, he doesn't. He can"t, due to the Tillman Act, corporations have been prohibited from contributing, but there is a way around it. One more lie, added to the many of Mr. Obama.

I like Lynn's juxtasposition of headlines. Money raised does NOT translate into how we vote, anymore than these fairy tale primary 'wins' translate into what people will REALLY do when they enter that private voting both.

The burning question Lynn is, of the $40 million BO squeezed out of his cult how much did you contribute? I mean other than that needle point pillow you crafted depicting a halo around his head?

btw: eBay is featuring full size plastic laminated fodo's of him. Perfect for the shower!
>_>

Penn/Wolfson/Singer have their heads well and truly buried in the sands! - The Voters No longer will fall for their false information, what arrogance they show to us Voters! just like Hillary herself.

Those days are over Guy's, soon you will need to read a hew handbook, one telling you how to run an Election Race Campaign Properly! -without having it based purely on Lies and Dirty Nasty Attacks on your opposition!

Jerry, I read both the book and Ann Coulter's (ridiculous and absurd) column. Ann, as always, cherry-picks and mischaracterizes any ooh! ooh! bits she can find, just to come up with something she considers "funny" which adds to her "controversial" image. She doesn't care how misleading she is, because she's only interested in how rich and famous she can be. I certainly don't consider her a conservative at all.

Why don't you read Obama's ENTIRE book, or at least listen to the audio book version, and then post your OWN thoughts on it? NO ONE should regurgitate Ann Coulter - it's just not healthy!

Clue: the book is about how Obama's views CHANGED over the years.

This is off topic but it has to do with Chicago. Tonight, Bill O'Reilly is doing a story on the priest at St. Sabina church, Michael Pfleger. I believe the story will focus on Pfleger's support for Rev. Wright, and with Pfleger's close ties with Farrakhan. This morning I heard a tease for the show where it showed a clip of Pfleger saying that Farrakhan is a great man who has helped black people, white people, people of all colors. Now, us Chicagoans have known for years what a disgrace Pfleger is to the catholic church, but now the whole country will know.

@Jerry: I'm not a biased liberal, I'm an independent. I have voted both Republican and Democratic in my life. And if there's a group that disdains the likes of Ann Coulter more than Liberals it's independents - because Ann's opinions have absolutely no basis in fact whatsoever and her analytical/critical thinking skills are that of a 2nd grade student. I also don't give much weight to people's opinions unless they do their own research and not rely on blowheads like Ann. I have read Obama's book. I can garuntee that Ann is wrong - as she usually is. Please go to the library and read the book for yourself.

@jp.michigan: Factcheck.org needs to present the facts and let them speak for themselves, because it's no longer a fact check site when they start speculating on how that money gets to Obama. It's EXTREMELY speculative to say that the employees that donated that money recieved it from their CEOs. That would be an illegal move on the employees and the CEOs. Unless factcheck.org actually has evidence to support that theory, they should not float that out there. Doesn't anyone know how to present facts anymore - it's a skill that is fast fading from our country.

Why is Hillary Clinton getting a FREE RIDE about the SNIPER FIRE IN BOSNIA episode! Leave Jeremiah Wright alone! Enough is enough. With all the wrong doing in this country and hatred spewed from not only blacks, but whites, yellows, coloreds? Let's get real. No one is trying to overthrow the country. It is just a fact about what the pastor said. You are running it in the gutter like the Clinton campaign. Hillary needs to tell the american people why she told her repeated lies. Newspaper columnists and media -- are you listening! You are giving us bias news, which we don't need and don't appreciate. She is untrustworthy! So, is Bill.

We want a country that is not divided. That's what we want. Leave the anger, manipulation of votes, lies at the door.

This presidential campaign is about unity, nothing less.

Ann Coulter misquoted Obama? Kind of like how Obama is lying about McCain by saying that McCain supports a 100 year war in Iraq.

Chris, Why don't you sent your so call comment to http://www.factcheck.org The center for Responsive Politics and http://www.opensecrets.org

Nah, nah nah Chris! Leave those kids alone. Annenberg is teaching to write that a fact is a fact--unless it's been skewed. And skewed it was by the Obama campaign PR staff, which needs to go back to the drawing board, the woodshed, or both.
And you need to with them, (unless that would be redundant--you don't work for Barry's campaign, right? Thought I heard a little Hawaiian preppy or Hahvahd there).
"Obama has, however, accepted more than $213,000 in contributions from individuals who work for, or whose spouses work for, companies in the oil and gas industry, according to the Center for Responsive Politics..."
Now, Chris, that's a far cry from saying that the employees got that money from their CEO's, isn't it?
Fact Check [http://factcheck.org] DID NOT say that. Nor did jp, michigan.
By the by, JP--how we doing on getting Michigan to vote again? Sure seems like that's something a real 'uniter' would want to see happen.
I mean, he's daddy warbucks rich now, couldn't he buy a lot of ads with that money?
Or a lot of blog trolls?

This Obama is a uniter rhetoric is getting ridiculously old and weak. All the lies and racist rhetoric that this guy has been caught saying over the last month, plus his very far left, partisan, out of the mainstream views, makes him the least likely candidate to unite people.

www.opensecrets.org floats facts and leaves them as facts. They have an excellent presentation of the candidate's campaign money, includnig breaking then down by sector, industry, geographic area, age, gender, etc. There are graphs and pie charts and very, very little text. And NO commentary.

I recommend it to ANYONE who wants to PERSONALLY acquaint themselves with the facts, instead of just repeating "facts" fed to them by someone else.

FATHER MIKE IS THE TRUTH, AND THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE!
HE IS FROM CHICAGO AND ST. SABINA REMAINS A TRUE BEACON IN
THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY.
FATHER MIKE KNOWS THE REAL TRUTH ABOUT MINISTER FARRAKHAN AND
REVEREND JEREMIAH WRIGHT, HE KNOWS THAT THESE MEN HAVE NEVER HURT
ANYONE. THEY ARE REAL MEN JUST LIKE FATHER MIKE!
ONCE AGAIN STOP JUDGING A MAN BY THE COLOR OF HIS SKIN AND NOT BY
THE CONTENT OF HIS CHARACTER!
WHEN YOU GO BY ST. BRENDAN AND SEE IT IS CLOSED, AND ST. RAPHAEL
AND IS CLOSED, AND ST. MARTIN AND IS CLOSED, YOU WILL UNDERSTAND
THAT FATHER MIKE IS A GIFT FROM GOD, HE HAS A DONE A GREAT DEAL TO UPLIFT
ST. SABINA AND THE BLACK COMMUNITY, HAVE YOU BEEN ON 79TH STREET
LATELY WHAT A JOB HE AND OTHERS HAVE DONE, I'M PROUD OF YOU
FATHER MIKE, GOD IS LOVE, AND GOD LOVES YOU!

Dear Lynn Sweet, I think you have a typo/Freudian slip in your post. It's Mark Penn, not McCain Penn.

DEAR ANN COULTER, HILLARY LIED TODAY, HAS SHE BEEN HANGING AROUND
YOU PICKING UP BAD HABITS!

Did you all know that Father Phelger said what he said on Hillary because Obama gave him a donation of thousands of dollars. Also Phelger has been giving Obama campaign money. If you don't think this is true. Look it up. See who is lying. Obama is nothing but a crook and hopefully all you obama supporter realize it soon. He has been buying his votes. So to Julie, we need to bombard the heavens for prayers for crooked priests and senators. Projects are done with clean monies. Sorry to bust your bubble Julie

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