Follow the Money

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(In the spirit of the Summer of Covers)

WaPo buried the lede in this story ostensibly about Joe Biden:

There is growing unease among some of Obama’s biggest financial backers about the controversy over Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server while she was secretary of state, providing an opening for the vice president. While Biden has not built his own fundraising network, he developed personal relationships with donors across the country as Obama’s running mate.

Many of them are still up for grabs. Of the 770 fundraisers who bundled checks for Obama’s 2012 reelection, just 52 have signed on so far as a “Hillblazer” bundler for Clinton or have hosted a fundraiser for her, according to a Washington Post analysis.

Top Democratic money players — many of whom requested anonymity to describe private conversations — said discussions among senior Obama fundraisers about Biden’s possible bid have taken a serious turn in the last few days. [Emphasis added]


I won’t trouble you with math this early in the day, but just a few months out from Iowa and Clinton has nailed down less than 15% of Obama’s big bundlers.


For the presumptive nominee who has yet to face any serious opposition.

So here’s a bit of wonderment for you.

What did those bundlers know last year which kept them from signing on with Camp Clinton? Because until the email story broke back in March, there was really nothing stopping Hillary from taking the brass ring — and the scandal didn’t really get legs until this summer. Clinton should have had far, far more of Obama’s bundlers nailed down before Christmas 2014, but all she could get was a lousy one in six.

Clinton couldn’t get Obama‘s bundlers, even when she was the sure thing, and there’s really only a handful of people, all at the highest levels of the Democratic party, who could make that happen.

Curiouser and curiouser.


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