Strategy ’08

Obama vs. the other guy, 2008

Obama outraises McCain 6:1 among active overseas military

The Center for Responsive politics has come out with a new study on donations from military personnel to presidential candidates, and the results are actively embarrassing for Senator John McCain.  Despite McCain’s own veteran status and a media narrative that paints him as a foreign policy expert (despite all evidence to the contrary), the troops which have the most on the line have The Center for Responsive politics has come out with a new study on donations from military personnel to presidential candidates, and the results are actively embarrassing for Senator John McCain.  Despite McCain’s own veteran status and a media narrative that paints him as a foreign policy expert (despite all evidence to the contrary), the troops which have the most on the line have overwhelmingly favored Senator Obama with their donations.

According to an analysis of campaign contributions by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics, Democrat Barack Obama has received nearly six times as much money from troops deployed overseas at the time of their contributions than has Republican John McCain, and the fiercely anti-war Ron Paul, though he suspended his campaign for the Republican nomination months ago, has received more than four times McCain’s haul.

What’s arguably even more embarrassing for Senator McCain than Barack Obama’s fundraising prowess is that Ron Paul out raised him by more than a 4:1 margin from active overseas military.  Ron Paul, despite being borderline certifiable with some of his policy ideas, was the only Republican candidate who was anti-war in the primary.  Between the contributions that Ron Paul and Barack Obama have received, it’s clear that active duty military that are deployed overseas are sending a clear message that they are ready to end America’s military engagement in Iraq.

The study also goes on to analyze the contributions from all active duty military, regardless if they are stationed here or abroad.  While Senator Obama’s lead over John McCain is not as commanding as it is with just overseas troops, Senator Obama still leads John McCain when it comes to military contributions.  What’s more amazing though, is that Senator McCain actually performs much worse than the Republican party when it comes to military fundraising.

Despite McCain’s status as a decorated veteran and a historically Republican bent among the military, members of the armed services overall — whether stationed overseas or at home — are also favoring Obama with their campaign contributions in 2008, by a $55,000 margin. Although 59 percent of federal contributions by military personnel has gone to Republicans this cycle, of money from the military to the presumed presidential nominees, 57 percent has gone to Obama. (emphasis mine)

So despite the Republican party leading the Democratic party overall in military contributions by an 18 percent margin, John McCain trails Barack Obama by a 14 percent margin in overall contributions.  Maybe it’s been brought to the attention of active military members that when it comes to Veteran Care, Senator Obama is clearly the better candidate than John McCain.  Or maybe they are sick and tired of being the ones stuck in a never ending war.  But whatever the reason, this year it’s clear that John McCain will not be able to count on the military vote like Republicans have in the past (Bush beat Gore 2-1 in the active military vote), and that should be very worrying to his campaign.

UPDATE: Barack Obama has raised $60,642 from 134 donors (overseas troops) and $335,536 from 859 donors (all military personnel).  John McCain raise $10,665 from 26 donors (overseas troops), and $280,513 from 558 donors (all military personnel).  It’s important to point out that this study only covers donations over $200 that are reported to the FEC, and does not include the $25 and $50 donations that Barack usually racks up.

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August 14, 2008 - Posted by | foreign policy, Iraq | , , , ,

3 Comments »

  1. Clearly the troops would rather lose a war than an election.

    Comment by dansac | August 14, 2008 | Reply

  2. It is hard to attack Sen McCain on military issues because it sounds like you are dissing his experiences, but, “I know how to win wars,” is a ridiculous statement. We lost his (and my) war! And, besides that, he spent almost all of it as a POW. That is honorable, but does not qualify him to be commander-in-chief.

    Comment by Dennis Schulte | August 15, 2008 | Reply

  3. let’s keep this in perspective since we’re only talking about 859 total donations

    Comment by smad | August 15, 2008 | Reply


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