Presidential Candidates Set Record Fundraising Numbers

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Voters may want to know what presidential candidates think and what they'd be likely to do if elected, but special interest groups and political pros want to know how much money they're able to raise. With more and more primaries scheduled for early next year, the calendar for fundraising disclosures has been accelerated. Reports for the first quarter of this year have assumed new importance for bragging rights and, sure enough, records are being broken by both Democrats and Republicans.  The first quarter of this year ended Saturday, but reports to the Federal Election Commission aren't due for two weeks.  Some candidates are making voluntary announcements anyway.  To put the numbers in historical context, John Edwards set a record for Democrats not in the White House of $7.4 million. David Kirkpatrick is keeping track of this year's money for the New York Times. 




Warren Olney