The Bob Barr campaign spent $19,000 to install air conditioning (in a building which belongs to someone else and will be used for less than five months), plans to spend over $18,000 in one day at a NASCAR event ($15,000 of that goes to NASCAR), and also wants to sponsor a NASCAR vehicle (a huge expense for a campaign which is hardly breaking fundraising records).
It is unclear why Barr did not lease a building which already had air conditioning, or why the building’s owner is not responsible for that expense.
Yet for some reason, the Barr campaign believes telling donors about their irresponsible use of donations will encourage donors to give him even more money. More specifically, they want to raise $88,000 by next Friday. Here is the fundraising letter:
We’re gaining ground. Donate Today!
Great opportunities continue to come our way as the Barr/Root ticket continues to present itself to the American people.
Yesterday, Bob interviewed on *CNN’s Glenn Beck* and today Bob will be on *‘s radio program*, “The Radio Factor”.
Bob has also been invited to appear on theprogram, “*This Week with George Stephanopoulos*”.
Last week, we received an invitation to appear at NASCAR’s Coke 400 for their first voter registration drive. Bob would have the opportunity to do photo-ops with NASCAR drivers and crews and speak with fans throughout the day.
We’ve even been given a select spot to put up a “Barr Booth” to hand out t-shirts and materials to hundreds of thousands of NASCAR fans who will be in attendance. We may even have room for a show car wrapped in “Barr ’08” graphics if we cover the expense.
As I said earlier, great opportunities continue to come our way.
However, we cannot take advantage of them if we cannot fund the campaign.
Yesterday, I wrote a check for $19,000 to install an air conditioner in our large but modest campaign headquarters. We’ve also spent thousands on campaign products preparing for our online store that will open tomorrow.
Those expenses coupled with travel and staff expenses leave us with very little cash on hand.
We’re to the point now where we can only afford to operate and have to pass on the opportunities that are coming our way. *That’s why I need you to donate today *
Unless we raise a good deal of money very quickly, we’re going to have to pass on what I think is a great opportunity with. They need $15,000 for the car expense and we’ll need at least $3,000 for fan materials. That’s in addition to the travel expenses to fly Bob and a few staff members to Daytona to meet with the fans.
That’s $18,000 just for one event.
We need to raise much more money in order to move faster and be much more effective.
That’s why I set a goal this morning to raise $88,000 between today and July Fourth.
This will get us back on track after establishing our campaign headquarters and will give us a small lead so that we can move quickly without having to turn down opportunities due to a lack of funds.