Sunday, January 29, 2006

McBucher's Dog Don't Hunt

Jess McBucher has repeatedly tried to make an issue out of how much Russ Feingold raised and spent on his last election in a lame attempt to question Feingold's record of reform.

What Bucher's bride doesn't tell you is that what Feingold raised and spent in the last election cycle came in over a six year period, at an average of $60 per contribution. That's less than McBucher spent bidding on Mark Belling bobblehead.
I just bid on the Mark Belling bobblehead!
It was up to $102 on ebay so I bid $110. It'd be worth 100 times that
to show up Spivak and Bice. posted by Jessica McBride
Also missing from her misinformation is the fact that over a two year period, Feingold's opponents spent over $10 million attacking him. That's the most money spent against any candidate in state history and what was the result--an 11 point win over Tim Michels where Feingold won 54 of Wisconsin's 72 counties,including 27 counties won by Bush.

Sorry Jess, your dog don't hunt. Get over it.

When McBucher's hubby rolls out how much he has raised for his campaign for AG in such glowing spin so as to demonstrate his fundraising prowless, the real question will be did he meet the Feingold standard of $60 per contribution? We'll see.

In her critique of Feingold's success, is she suggesting that Bucher will announce a commitment not to spend any more than those running against him in his race for AG? I doubt it.

McBucher argues that in order for Feingold to have credibility on campaign finance reform he needs to either raise and spend no money, or place a cap on how much he raises and spends. Which one is it? And if it's a cap, what's the amount you would cap spending on a statewide campaign?

I think a lot of people will be interested to find out just what sort of caps on fundraising and spending you are proposing for your hubbies campaign. In fact, I bet you get a story out of the MSM when he proposes it.

And then he might even be called a "Maverick."


At 12:41 PM, Blogger Jim Rowen said...

A couple of points about the Graul story:

1. Graul violated the first rule of political staffing: Don't embarrass the boss - - US Rep. Mark Green, a Republican candidate for Governor.

2. Graul violated the second rule of political staffing: Don't keep a story alive with denials and obfuscations (especially a story about yourself!). The ticket story finally landed in the Sunday Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, which has the largest single-paper circulation in the state and heavily determines wire service and smaller-market story selection decisions.

3. Stories gain legs and permanency as they move from websites (though significant, still a niche medium) to print media, regardless of the drumbeat against the older, mainstream media (MSM)prevelant in blogging and other electronic outlets. (Exhibit "A" was the Ament recall, which became a irreversible firestorm only after the paper correctly made it a repetitive, page one story.)

So in an effort to keep the Abramhoff story away from his boss, Graul managed to embarrass him, kept the story alive and pushed it into the largest single medium there is statewide.

How should this staff work be graded, along with the efforts by Green and his allies to evade it?



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