There was a short

April 16, 2002 6:43 p.m.

There was a short email circulating in Goreland today. It was from one of the folks at Gore’s new Leadership PAC, Leadership ’02. Here’s the first part of it. Take a look and then we’ll discuss.

1Q Federal Receipts

Dashpac (Daschle): $62,158
Leadership ’02: $502,482
New American Optimists (Edwards): $187,750
ROCPAC (Lieberman): $642,469

Leadership ’02 received contributions from 859 supporters (and some even gave more than once). Our median contribution was $25.

Thanks again, to those you helped make our filing a big success! Please let me know if you have any questions about the filings.

What can we glean from this? Well, a few things. Kerry’s numbers are hard to figure since he’s currently raising money which is nominally going to his Senate reelection campaign for this Fall. And he’s raising a ton.

Second, Gore’s amount is reasonably impressive, considering he’s just gotten started with new fund-raising.

Third, Lieberman’s obviously raising some decent change and I’ll bet his median contribution is a touch larger than $25.

But real political mandarins will immediately see that the real revelation in this email is that John Edwards or someone in his shop is one hard-core doofus. Why? New American Optimists? My god, was Patriots for Fun! and Americans for Niceness already taken? What a goofball.

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