An article in today’s Capitol Journal discusses how both parties are having to deal with significantly less contributions than they had to work with in past years.
During the current 2005-2006 election cycle, the Republican Party has received $1,361,300, significantly less than the $7,253,819 it received during the 2003-2004 election cycle. And the Democrats are also dealing with a smaller budget this year.
During the 2003-2004 election cycle the Democrats had $1,881,024 to work with, significantly more than the $489,965 it has received this election cycle. But the important number is the difference between what the Democrats have to work with and what the Republicans have.
Why the big difference? According to the article, the large number of ballot initiatives and proposed amendments have contributors sending their money to fight for or against the various causes instead of contributing to party candidates.
I don’t know what’s worse, wall to wall ads with candidates ripping each other as in previous years or wall to wall issue ads in which one side rips the other. I guess we will find out soon enough…