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Friday, July 31, 2009

The morning Huck UPDATE

Posted By on Fri, Jul 31, 2009 at 6:26 AM

Mike Huckabee did some pre-spinning in advance of his filing later today of his quarterly Huck PAC reports. But, as The Tolbert Report notes, his $300,000 fund-raising in the first six months of the year paled in comparison to Romney's $1.9 million and Palin's $733,000 (reportedly enhanced substantially after her resignation announcement July 3.)

Huck's PAC numbers don't include the big speaking fee he notched appearing for a Republican candidate in Alabama who went in the hole on his fund-raiser thanks to the Huckacharge.

UPDATE: Tolbert has expanded his post to note that he and other Huckabee supporters don't think the Huckster is doing enough to nourish his political roots and focus the work of the PAC. With Huck, it's all about the money (for himself), which even Tolbert more or less acknowledges:

If Gov. Huckabee is serious about running for President again in 2012 and all indications are that he is, then he must address this problem.  I think it is wonderful that he has been successful with his ventures in television and radio.  If he chooses to focus on that, then great.  But if he really wants to be a contender, then he must get serious about fundraising and he must raise these funds directly.

UPDATE II: Here's the actual FEC report. The PAC has run up a debt of more than $60,000. It passed out a grand total of $10,000 to other candidates. Contributions include an April contributon of $1,000 from Gene Cauley, who is unlikely to be making further donations. Bob Dole gave $1,000. Ronald Cameron of North Little Rock contributed $5,000 and Janet Huckabee tossed in $1,530. Elizabeth Dole's PAC gave $5,000.

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