BY THE NUMBERS
That's a Whole Lot of Pennies
In the competition for cash in this election cycle, Democrats have trounced Republicans. That doesn't mean they simply have more fat-cat contributors. In this presidential campaign, their critical edge has come from those who give $200 or less--and so can give and give again without reaching contribution limits:
From January 2007 through February 2008, 41% of Obama's funds came from low-dollar donors.
She trails Obama in both the percentage of funds raised from and the total number of small-time contributors.
McCain is sticking with the high-roller approach to fund-raising. A hefty 43% of his donors have given at least $2,300.
Some Rest for the Weary
Obama's recent St. Thomas spring break was a reminder that even presidential candidates need an escape now and then. And when they kick back, it's not in Iowa:
Days before clinching the GOP nomination in March, he hosted reporters at his Arizona vacation home.
The Clintons spent Easter 2007 at Oscar de la Renta's resort in the Dominican Republic.
Taking advantage of a rare lull in the campaign, Obama went to St. Thomas for an Easter break.
Under Fire (for Real)
It all began with Sinbad. In early March, the comedian refuted claims by Hillary Clinton that a 1996 trip to Bosnia (on which he was a guest) was accompanied by sniper fire and a mad dash across an airport runway. On March 24, Clinton, who used the anecdote as evidence of her experience, recanted when CBS footage showed her and daughter Chelsea being received with flowers on the airport tarmac.
Politics up to the minute Mark Halperin reports from the campaign every day on thepage.time.com