Obama is now operating with the technical advantages of a permanent campaign, including history’s largest email list, and the political advantages of incumbency, which traditionally draws business interests and favor-seekers to the candidate. Aides have long anticipated that muscle and technical prowess, combined with fear of a Republican takeover, will replace inspiration in keeping the campaign fundraising on track.
Buzzfeed’s Ben Smith and Rebecca Elliot report on the Obama’s campaign’s enthusiasm gap, and claim that 87% of those who gave $200 or more to the campaign by April 2008 have not done the same since. (via monarchslager)