The first quarter is over, so this is the time that the various campaigns spin how wonderful or gawdawful their fundraising was in anticipation of the official numbers that will come out in a few weeks.
According to R-Cubed’s crack research team (yes, they are on crack), the only one to have filed their official report already was Rick Renzi, who, no big suprise, reported no fundraising. He did, however, report $456,073.37 in unpaid obligations, mostly legal bills. We here at R-Cubed will be willing to pay the $.37 to keep the numbers somewhat round. Please shop at our official store to donate to this worthy cause.
The Gabrielle Giffords and Ann Kirkpatrick campaigns are already spinning their numbers. Giffords supporters are reporting that they raised nearly $450,000, and Kirkpatrick partisans are saying their numbers will be around $260,000.
Kris Mayes is still “exploring” (but is she James Cook or is she Pánfilo de Narváez?), but I have to wonder how far behind she will be starting this thing with the delays in her getting underway.
There seem to be two schools of thought about what Tim Bee’s numbers will mean when they are released. One says that anything less that a quarter of a million dollars will be an indication that he won’t be a viable candidate. The other one is that he doesn’t need to raise scads of money, since people don’t expect him to against an incumbent anyway, and groups like Club for Growth will spend money against Giffords regardless (much in the same way as the Defense for Democracies ad a few weeks back).