Political spending is in the news this week, both because of the Supreme Court decision yesterday, and news items about Super PACs for Mitt Romney raising hugely more money that Super PACs for Barack Obama. I heard clips from both Obama and Romney whining about the other side raising more money. Whatever side of the fence you’re on, I think that we’ll agree that money is important in getting the message out.
The only solid number I have for birther spending is the $40,000 of tax-exempt money going to fund the Maricopa County’s Cold Case Posse publicity campaign and a $320 filing fee I think I saw attached to a birther federal lawsuit once. Add to that WorldNetDaily promotion and funding and half a hundred or more web sites some with professional web design. Orly rents the National Press Club and travels all over the country. I wouldn’t be surprised if the birther expenditure in total hit half a million.
The Obots, a wholly self-funded endeavor, aren’t in that ballpark. Probably the biggest expense by far among anti-birthers is the money it takes to download all of those court documents. Just figure 10 cents a page (max of 30 pages per document charges) times the number of pages in the Jack Ryan Scribd collection for federal cases. I don’t know what state court costs are and transcripts. Second to that are perhaps travel expenses to report in birther court hearings. Then there’s premium web hosting like mine which runs $20 a month now with $70 one time for the premium WordPress theme. The Fogbow might be more than that.
My back of the envelope calculations say birthers are out-spending the Obots over 10 to 1. Fortunately, we get lots of free publicity from the press and the courts.
If anyone would crunch the speculative numbers differently, jump in.