Obscene Amounts: 100 million bucks

Here’s the CNN tally for first quarter fundraising for presidential candidates, not including Obama:

The List

from Alexander Mooney

–> WASHINGTON (CNN) — Below is a list of money raised by the candidates, according to figures provided by their campaigns:
Democrats

 

  • Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-New York, $26 million
  • Former Sen. John Edwards, D-North Carolina, $14 million
  • New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, $6 million
  • Sen. Chris Dodd of Connecticut, $4 million
  • Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware, $1-2 million
  • Republicans

  • Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, $21 million
  • Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, $14 million
  • Arizona Sen. John McCain, $12.5 million
  • Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback, $1.3 million
  • Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, $500,000
  • Note:
    Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, has yet to release his fundraising totals.This adds up to at least one hundred million bucks raised to help get candidates in the public eye. This is obscene, all this money going to posturing and preening instead of doing something for regular folks. It’s time to revamp public financing.

    By Noelle McAfee

    I am professor of philosophy at Emory University and editor of the Kettering Review. My latest book, Fear of Breakdown: Politics and Psychoanalysis, explores what is behind the upsurge of virulent nationalism and intransigent politics across the world today. My other writings include Democracy and the Political Unconscious; Habermas, Kristeva, and Citizenship; Julia Kristeva; and numerous articles and book chapters. Edited volumes include Standing with the Public: the Humanities and Democratic Practice and a special issue of the philosophy journal Hypatia on feminist engagements in democratic theory. I am also the author of the entry on feminist political philosophy in the online Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy and well into my next book project on democratic public life.