According to an article in the News & Observer, Elizabeth Dole is now personally financing her failing senate campaign despite having raised around $3 million this quarter.
Dole and her campaign declined to say how much she has pledged to her campaign, but the commitment came recently enough that it won't appear in campaign finance reports due this week.
There is nothing wrong with someone lending their campaign money, but Elizabeth Dole has always touted her ability to raise money. She started this campaign with a huge cash advantage over Kay Hagan and she has drained through that with three weeks left to go in the campaign. Three weeks in politics can be a lifetime.
It can't be helping her campaign that so many Republican pols and pundits across the country have already publicly written Dole off. It sends a clear signal to PACs and big donors that their contributions should be directed to someone else. Dole had this to say:
"You get such a lot coming at you and spending a great deal of time raising money -- there just comes a point when you feel like you need to put some skin in the game," Dole said.
Right, Liddy. That point comes when the coffers are bare, nothing is coming in and the NRSC has moved on to a candidate that has a chance of winning. If Freedom's Watch gives up on Dole, she might as well start cleaning out her office.
The Hagan campaign hasn't released her numbers, but if you check ActBlue daily like I do, there have been very few days where Kay Hagan's fundraising page isn't included as one of the hot pages of the day or week. The DSCC isn't showing signs of letting up or running out of money.
If you didn't think Dole was in trouble before, now do you believe me?
You know what? While we're at it, let's put another nail in that coffin.