The three leading Democrats in the presidential race have raised more than twice as much money online as the three leading Republicans, the Times reports. For the first 6 months of the year, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and John Edwards combined to top $28 million, against $14 million for Rudy Giuliani, John McCain, and Mitt Romney.
Web donations tend to be small ($100 or so), but many donors seem willing to give repeatedly. Obama, the most Internet-savvy candidate, uses the Web for organizing as well as fundraising. His MySpace page has drawn more than 136,000 friends; on Facebook, he has some 102,000. Meanwhile, observers say, the GOP isn’t keeping up with the world of new media.