The Democratic National Committee ended 2007 nearly flat broke, with cash of $2.9 million and debts of $2.2 million. Since then it has raised some money, paid down debt and managed to put $3.7 million in its piggy bank. This compares, however, with $25 million that the Republican National Committee has in cash on hand, after having raised $97 million since the beginning of 2007.Remember, the parties can spend money on the presidential campaigns, particularly in the grey zone between the primary campaigns and the convention, when candidates are barred from using general election funds OR primary funds.
And with Senator John McCain now the presumptive Republican nominee, party officials started plotting with his campaign this week on deploying those resources against the well-financed Democratic candidacies of Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama.
Howard Dean, the 2004 Barack Obama, screwed this up, royally, according to the article.