Is it new math? Or the same old same old from lying hack politicans? Matt Lewis at Townhall.com reports, you Decide.This morning, the Obama campaign fired off an emotionally-tinged fundraising email to their supporters. The urgent message stated:"The Obama campaign and the DNC ended June with a combined total of nearly $72 million in the bank. It's a healthy number. But McCain and the RNC together still have a huge cash advantage, and we need your help to close the gap.
As I mentioned in my video message to you earlier in the week, we're facing a Republican machine with unprecedented resources at its disposal. The McCain campaign and the Republican National Committee finished June with nearly $100 million in the bank."(Emphasis theirs).
... But in an under-stated blog post, Politico's Ben Smith informs us that the Obama campaign's math was off by $20 million:
"In total, the Democrats have some $92 million on hand, to the combined Republican total of $95 million."(The Obama email said they only had $72 million -- now we find out they have $92 million).
Of course, the cynical observation is that Obama's campaign wanted to fire-up their supporters by acting as if they were losing the money game to the GOP. But a less sinister -- and more charitable --analysis is that their math was off by $20 million. Of couse, this would be a gross error for such a polished political operation to commit.