That, and other news, in Wednesday’s Political Panorama.
Barack Obama’s campaign reported a first quarter take of $25 million, a figure that nearly puts him on par with Hillary Clinton. What’s more, he can spend $23.5 million of that on the primary race. Clinton’s camp has yet to release their similar figure. His campaign also topped other campaigns in the sheer number of donors: 100,000, more than half through the Internet.
Obama waited until all of the dust had cleared to make the announcement this morning, guaranteeing a maximum of publicity. But his backers in Hollywood will be pointing to all three figures as evidence of his strength, even if Clinton has more money in the bank. And certainly his level of Internet support will feed into his image as a different kind of candidate.
What’s next? Certainly more money raising, but now it gets more difficult. One political consultant says that all of the candidates have now collected the "easy money" — the donations from their most enthusiastic supporters and longtime connections. As the year goes on, expect smaller events with lower dollar amounts.
Fairness of Film: HBO officials say that they will be fair in their depiction of the 2000 Florida recount, even though just about everyone involved in the project is a Democrat. The Hill reports that the director, writer and executive producer of "Recount" all have given to Democratic candidates. "Our main intention is getting the story right," Len Amato, the senior vice president of HBO Films, told The Hill. HBO also doing a miniseries on the life of John Adams, who faced two complicated electoral contests. Surely the cabler will be sure to get the Federalist POV.
Kerrys in Brentwood: John and Teresa Heinz Kerry speak at Dutton’s in Brentwood, Calif. today to sign their new book.