The Note: Welcoming Gifts

McCain could have a big ally in his corner by then, per the AP's Eric Gorski. "I never thought I would hear myself saying this," James Dobson plans to say on his radio broadcast Monday. "While I am not endorsing Senator John McCain, the possibility is there that I might."

Dobson tells the AP in a statement: "There's nothing dishonorable in a person rethinking his or her positions, especially in a constantly changing political context. . . . Barack Obama contradicts and threatens everything I believe about the institution of the family and what is best for the nation. His radical positions on life, marriage and national security force me to reevaluate the candidacy of our only other choice, John McCain."

Also on McCain's schedule (but maybe not on Obama's): "Republican presidential hopeful John McCain will speak about the need for public service at a national forum on that topic being held in New York on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks," per the AP write-up. "ServiceNation, a coalition of more than 100 service groups, including AARP and United Way of America, said Sunday that McCain has agreed to attend the two-day forum on 'A Nation of Service.' Democrat Barack Obama has also been invited to participate." The forum will be moderated by Time Magazine managing editor Rick Stengel.

Can this last? (No.) McCain is outspending Obama: "Barack Obama cut back on his spending in June after securing the Democratic presidential nomination, building up his cash on hand as Republican rival John McCain outspent him with a heavy dose of television advertising," per the AP. "Unlike McCain, who spent more than he raised in June, Obama accumulated cash during the month, holding back on a ramped-up television campaign until July. Obama is now matching McCain's and the Republican Party's spending on advertising.

"Under federal rules, McCain must spend money he raises this summer before the Republican convention in September, and that's what he's doing. He spent $27 million, including $16.2 million on TV ads and nearly $3 million on mailings," Dan Morain writes in the Los Angeles Times.

The Democratic financial edge stretches all the way down the ticket: "The Democratic fund-raising advantage, along with polls showing a preference for Democratic control of Congress, have bolstered Democrats' hopes of widening their majorities in both chambers," Mary Jacoby and T.W. Farnam write.

This is how they press their edge: "The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee plans to announce Monday a program called 'Mobilize to Change' to target undecided voters with phone calls, mailings and visits from volunteers," USA Today's Matt Kelley writes. "The Democratic committee, which maintains a more than 6-to-1 financial advantage over its Republican counterpart, will hold a 'national day of action' July 26 -- 100 days before the election -- to encourage campaign staffers to reach more voters. . . . The DCCC had $54.7 million on hand at the end of June after raising $8.6 million last month."

It's a contest, too. Per the DCCC: "The campaign that has the most voter contact will win a fundraising email sent on their behalf to our 3 million person strong list."

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