On May 16, 2003, President Bush filed papers with the FEC establishing a presidential campaign committee. Marc Racicot is the campaign chairman and Ken Mehlman is the campaign manager. Finance chairman Mercer Reynolds [in Spring 2004 he moved over to head RNC's Victory program], deputy finance chairman Jack Oliver, and finance director Travis Thomas led the finance team.
See table and notes below. Does not include compliance committee finances.
The campaign's Donor Lookup page.
Texans for Public Justice has done a lot of research on the Bush campaign's big donors.
Center for Public Integrity The Buying of the President 2004: President George W. Bush.
Notes on Bush-Cheney '04,
2004): May 20 Press Release: The President's re-election campaign
contributions from 183,400 supporters who gave a total of $15.6
bringing the total amount raised by the campaign through the end of
to $200 million." The average contribution in April was $85.
2004): April 20 Press Release: "In March, Bush-Cheney '04 raised $26.1
million from 272,700 contributors and added 199,225 new donors. The
contribution in March was $92." President Bush headlined seven
'04 fundraising events in the month, bringing in $8.8 million.
campaign's website showed that as of March 31, 2004 there were 208
(raise a minimum of $200,000) and 304 Pioneers (raise a minimum of
The campaign's report showed an astounding $49.6 million in
for the month of March; much of that went to television advertising
to define Sen. Kerry.
2004): March 19 Press Release: "In February, Bush-Cheney '04 raised
million from 129,000 contributors and added 90,000 new donors. The
contribution in February was $104." Also, the campaign's website
showed that as of February 29, 2004 there were 187 Rangers (raise a
of $200,000) and 268 Pioneers (raise a minimum of $100,000).
2004): February 20 Press Release: "In January, Bush-Cheney ’04 raised
million from 71,000 contributors and added 50,000 new donors. The
contribution in January was $175.
campaign raised $130 million from 494,000 contributors. The
reported $100 million was raised through events, $27 million with
mail/phones, and $3 million online. Average contribution was
The campaign finished the year with $99 million in cash on hand.
For the year 2003, President Bush did 42 fundraising events, Vice
Cheney 34, First Lady Laura Bush 13, Lynne Cheney 3, and Commerce
Don Evans 4.
4th Q 2003:
rased $47 million in contributions from 288,000 contributors of whom
were new contributors (did not contribute in the second or third
The campaign reported $32 million was raised through events, $14
with direct mail, and $1 million online. Average contribution for the
was $146. During the 4th Quarter, President Bush did 19
events, Vice President Cheney 15, First Lady Laura Bush 6, Lynne Cheney
3, and Commerce Secretary Don Evans 4.
3rd Q 2003:
fundraising continued breaking records, bringing in $49.5 million in
from 262,000 contributors in all 50 states and in 3,115 out of 3,141
Total receipts were $50 million. Of the $49.5 million, the
reported $41.1 million was raised through events, $7.9 million with
mail, and $1.4 million online. The campaign finished the quarter
with over $70 million in cash on hand.
2nd Q 2003: The Bush-Cheney '04 fundraising operation started off in impressive fashion, raising $34.4 million from more than 105,000 donors. The campaign sent out a fundraising letter dated May 16 to more than a million people and to others over the Internet. President Bush did seven events over a two-week period in late June that raised about $18.1 million. (Figures are from press accounts). Vice President Cheney and First Lady Laura Bush each did several fundraisers as well. The campaign reported 18 Rangers and 50 Pioneers in the 2nd Quarter. Over 200 PACs from A (Advanced Medical Technology Association) to W (Winstead Sechrest & Minick P.C.) and 33 campaign committees contributed a total of $773,550. According to the campaign, contributions came from 84 percent of America's counties. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, top states for Bush were California $4.2 million (14%), Texas $4.2 million (14%), New York $3.1 million (10%) and Florida ($3.0 million (10%).
The campaign is able to raise such large sums through the process of bundling, where a top group of friends and supporters sell tickets to fundraising events. "Rangers" raise $200,000 or more; "Pioneers" raise $100,000 or more. Although it is not required to do so, the campaign has taken the commendable step of reporting Rangers and Pioneers on its website. For more insights on the mechanics of raising such large sums see the work of Texans for Public Justice.
June 17, 2003--Washington Hilton Hotel.
Copyright © 2003, 2004 Eric M. Appleman/Democracy in Action.