GOP Lags In Campaign Cash

Democrats top Republican donors for the first time in 30 years
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 5, 2007 8:19 AM CDT
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill speaks during a presidential forum on health care coverage, Saturday, March 24, 2007, in Las Vegas. The Forum was sponsored by the Center for...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Democratic presidential hopefuls have outperformed their GOP rivals at raising primary cash for the first time since 1976. In the first quarter the score was $79 mil to $51 mil, which seems portentous: Bob Dole's campaign manager confesses to the Times that the Dems "seem to have a lot more hunger for the White House right now than we do."

Barack Obama's campaign manager admits it's not likely that the Republicans will run out of cash, but suggests they will have to "work harder for it." Obama and rival Hillary Clinton raised a collective $50 million from contributors. Meanwhile, John McCain is far behind the leading Democrats in fundraising, even trailing John Edwards's $14 million.