The following piece was produced through the Huffington Post's OffTheBus. Edited by Richard Riehl and Denise Wheeler. Reported by Kirsten Anderson, River Curtis-Stanley, Jodi Lampert, Julie Pierce, and Debbi Plummer.
McCain refuses to surrender to bankruptcy. Dennis sells Constitutions. Fred sells himself.
Donate less! No, we mean it!: The Richardson camp is giddy over their 3Q fundraising results: "...we're especially excited that more than 22,000 people contributed $200 or less..." Wow! Really? Just think how excited they would be if those 22,000 people had contributed $20 or less!
Forgotten...two billion ways: John Edwards is out on his "Barnstorm for rural America" tour in Iowa, which is intended to "highlight the families and communities that are too often forgotten in Washington." How forgotten? They are so forgotten that 119,912 Iowa farms received $2.2 billion in subsidies ...from Washington! Please Washington, forget us some more...
Dennis, you capitalist!: Following up his pocket-baring appearance on The Colbert Report, Dennis Kucinich is cashing in by selling pocket Constitutions! So you, too, can be a Pocket Master--just like Dennis. $25 gets you just the pock-con; $50 for the first 1000 buyers gets a signed copy. Hurry fifty dollar types! You don't want to be number 1001!
Never let 'em see you sweat: "We do have a lot of cash on hand," John McCain told the Associated Press in an interview this week, despite his latest financial report that showed him in the red. He sang a different tune in an email message a day earlier:"I am calling on each of my supporters to make a significant contribution in the next 48 hours. The time is rapidly running out and your immediate online contribution is urgently needed." So, which is it, John? Are you broke or are you flush?
Now you can buy a candidate with no money down and low monthly payments!: In an email from Dorinda Moss, Fred Thompson's Finance Director: "The Fred Funds system makes it even easier to give and recruit your friends and family to do the same. Fred Funds are the campaign's new monthly giving system. They allow you to make a big difference--a little bit at a time." Advising us to tap our credit cards to buy something we can't otherwise afford...are you sure you're the most Republican of the GOP candidates, Fred? http://mail.google.com/mail/?auth=DQAAAHAAAABoRE2ZANrvQakmNkwH0kLl5DOCTPOzx8QYFtRqfC4fMnFS-pjFW8WTkmegfK8w4QzexEKqPUdhx_KL5HkTlU4eZYvcDNxCXIMbKpOcQJVtvdkeBxeJQ22f-DYn8NM887sWrbyf0MmQf4yoOpdY4GDv&zx=10372o28c9wdu&shva=1