Bush's Stalwart Donors Largely Sitting Out '08

Current candidates not wowing GOP's most devoted checkbooks
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 17, 2007 2:18 PM CDT
Republican presidential hopefuls Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former Sen. Fred Thompson, R-Tenn., former...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The money machine that backed George Bush’s two presidential runs is sputtering for 2008’s Republican hopefuls. Disenchanted by Iraq and unimpressed with the current field, GOP donors are largely sitting out—or even padding Democrats' coffers, reports the Washington Post. “I’m not sure which primary I’ll vote in," said one, who sent Barack Obama a check.

GOP candidates have raised only $150 million, compared with the Democrats’ $223 million. “The Republican brand is not selling very well,” lamented one former Bush "Ranger." But some believe the money will return for the general election. “We have a handful of candidates that will be acceptable to the 'Hate Hillary' crowd,” said one fundraiser.