by Donald E. L. Johnson | 11:15 am, May 11, 2010 | Comments OffWhen we get fundraising letters from Michael Steele's Republican National Committee, I trash them because I figure the money will be wasted and spent on candidates I don't really support. Apparently a lot of potential contributors feel the same way, after watching all of the drama at the RNC over how Steele and his staff have been living high on other people's money. Because of the RNC's financial and PR problems, Steele has fired his finance director and other managers. But he's been the real problem, because he hasn't been paying attention to details while making big fees giving speeches around the country. Unfortunately, the RNC can't dump him because he has the votes to keep his job through next fall's elections, and, perhaps, beyond. He's a great entertainer and a lousy executive. What this means for Colorado Republican candidates, many of whom are having their own fundraising problems, is that they have to work harder on fundraising. Steele won't be able to help them very much. Studies show that money doesn't determine winners in political campaigns when the candidates have pretty similar name recognition. But, as I've pointed out before, no candidate who came into the election year with poor fundraising results has won a statewide election in Colorado, according to the GOP's chairman, Dick Wadhams. A candidate doesn't have to be the biggest spender to win an election, but if that candidate is too lazy and ineffective to raise the money needed for a strong campaign, the stronger fundraiser and harder worker will win the contest. Having said all of that, it seems that what Colorado Republicans need to see is that their leading candidates are stepping up their fundraising and that they will be competitive in the fall. If contributors don't see better results, they'll keep their wallets closed despite the opportunities to win some big elections this year.
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