The Note: The Turtle Is Back on the Fence Post

The candidates that got the most attention from Republican 08ers: Senate candidates Michael Steele (R-MD), Mike McGavick (R-WA) and Tom Kean (R-NJ), Sen. Mike DeWine (R-OH), Sen. Jim Talent (R-MO), Rep. Mark Kennedy (R-MN), and Rep. Katherine Harris (R-FL).

Not Feeling the Leader's Pain: Nick Lampson, the Democrat hoping to replace Rep. Tom DeLay's (R-TX) as the congressman from the 22nd congressional district of Texas, received $5,000 from Mark Warner.

The most generous contributor this round: Former Governor Mark Warner (D-VA), who spent more than $250,000 helping other candidates.

The most-eager-to-please: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), who donated $5,000 to each state GOP in 24 states.

The needs-improvement candidate: Former Sen. John Edwards (D-NC), who has about $7,000 cash-on-hand and about $100,000 debt in consulting fees. (We know, fundraising hasn't been his focus at all and he has an already proven donor base to which he can quickly turn when the time comes.)

The least generous contributor this round: Sen. John Kerry (D-MA). (But who needs to give when you can tap the list!)

Democrats who contributed $15,000 or more to the DSCC: Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN) and Sen. Tom Daschle (D-SD).

Republicans who contributed $15,000 or more to the NRSC: Sen. George Allen (D-VA).

The most futuristic Democrat: Joseph Biden (D-DE), who has more than $30,000 Internet-related expenses.

The only 08er who contributed to the Congressional Black Caucus PAC this round: Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN)

The most accuracy-obsessed filing: Sen. Russ Feingold's, which contains an entry on a payroll adjustment of $0.02. Coming in second is Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE), with a "travel expense" of $0.50.

And if you're living in Wisconsin, expect a phone call from Sen. Feingold, whose PAC has spent more than $55,000 in telemarketing fees.

The poorest PAC: Former VP Al Gore's with only $3,887 cash-on-hand.

Straight from the Edwards playbook: Former Gov. Mark Warner's PAC, who spent more than $14,000 for computer equipment in Des Moines, IA

The most money spent on "non-candidate specific postage" with the USPS: Tom Tancredo's PAC at over $10,000.

Best libation: Buds Liquors and Colonial Liquors, where Dr./Sen./Leader Frist's VOLPAC spent more than $2,500.

Among Dr./Sen./Leader Frist PAC's other expenses: A $2000 donation to Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe and a flowers order of $829.


The Pew Research Center is out with a new round of dismal poll numbers for President Bush. The poll also includes some fun data on the favorability of some potential '08ers. Be sure to check out McCain's favorability slippage among Democrats and independents since October and John Edwards and Joe Biden's being viewed more favorably by Republicans than any of the other Democrats mentioned. LINK

2008: Republicans:

The Boston Globe's Estes and Jan report Gov. Romney announced yesterday that Massachusetts will "funnel nearly $1 million in federal funds to a faith-based organization to teach abstinence to public middle school students in a dozen more communities across the state." LINK

Two Republican '08ers – Gov. Romney and Gov. Huckabee – will tour the U.S. military base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, tomorrow to share ideas on prison "best practices." LINK

The Boston Herald Notes that Romney has "only visited the state's troubled prisons once briefly."

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