In 2012, Barack Obama received 65,915,796 votes and spent $1.1 billion dollars to achieve the White House. Â According to the New York Times, the Hillary Camp seeks to raise $2.5 billion dollars, more than double Obama’s 2012 total and what would amount to $37.92 per vote. Â America Rising calls it Clinton Inc., A $2.5 Billion Endeavor.
That is if she actually could get the same number of votes as Obama.
Since Mrs. Clinton announced her candidacy on Sunday, a barrage of negative publicity has surrounded her campaign regarding everything from criticizing the campaign logo, to the main thrust and message she is pushing.
In the early months of the Democratic primary contest, Mrs. Clintonâ€™s campaign hopes to capture some of the magic of her successful 2000 run for the Senate in New York, when she worked to show some of the common touch that had helped catapult her husband to the White House. Her governing principle in the 2000 campaign was demonstrating that she would work hard to earn every vote.
Mrs. Clintonâ€™s team is also planning a slow expansion of its staff over the course of the year, deliberately avoiding the appearance of a battleship heading into the fight, as her organization seemed on her entry into the 2008 Democratic campaign. Back then, Mrs. Clinton arrived at some events in Iowa on a chartered aircraft called the â€œHill-A-Copterâ€ that became a symbol for how her campaign spent heavily in the early voting states, leaving her short of cash as the primary contest dragged on.
But even as Mrs. Clinton attempts to set aside her celebrity and offer herself as a fighter for ordinary voters, her finance team and the outside groups supporting her candidacy have started collecting checks in what is expected to be a $2.5 billion effort, dwarfing the vast majority of her would-be rivals in both parties.
Add to all of that the idea that her campaign will spend more than the GDP of some small countries in order to gain the White House and it is quite obvious that the money is not gone from politics.
How the Clinton Camp is going to raise that kind of cash legally is another question.