The Tucson Citizen had an article today on the fundraising totals for the candidates. The numbers are based on FEC data and various press releases from the campaigns.
The only trouble I have with the article is that they just gave the numbers, which are cumulative totals, without any sort of comparison to what the candidates raised last quarter. This could tell you a great deal about what direction the campaigns are going. For example, the zeitgeist surrounding Mike Hellon’s campaign has been that he has been losing support among influential Republicans, and the fact that he didn’t raise as much this report as he did for the last one would have told people that.
And the numbers can be deceptive too. For example, I saw that Bill Johnson raised $58,000. Johnson’s candidacy didn’t exist for the last report, and this number would mean that he raised more money than Jeff Latas this last quarter. Given Johnson’s politics, this really worried me. Well, when you actually look at where Johnson’s money comes from, it turns out that the entire amount was a personal loan from him to the campaign, not from some stir among the populace. Not very impressive at all, actually.