Saturday, January 5, 2008
The Telling Scorecard of Iowa Spending: Romney $6.5M, Huckabee $1.5M
In yet another data point to be ignored by those who obsess over campaign finance reform, Mitt Romney outspent Mike Huckabee over 4 to 1 and was still defeated. One would think after the failures of presidential bids by huge spenders Ross Perot and Steve Forbes, among many, many others, the idea that someone could "buy" a presidency simply by spending huge sums of money would die. What candidates like this make clear is that one cannot buy the election if one does not have either ideas or a personality that voters like. This should likely become more true over time as more and more communication is done via free media like the internet. No candidate lacks the ability to get their message out any more.