From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Bob Barr’s Libertarian Party bid for the White House needs cash, but is not on the verge of being broke, Barr’s campaign manager said Tuesday. Despite a fund-raising plea he sent out recently that said the campaign’s progress “will stop dead in its tracks” without an immediate cash infusion, Russ Verney told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Barr has enough money to maintain his campaign at present levels.
But that’s not the goal, Verney said.
“We’re able to raise enough money to execute our plan, but we’ve got ambitions and that takes even more money,” Verney said Tuesday.
Those ambitions center around participating in the national debates with Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama. Barr, a former Republican congressman from Cobb County, has said he needs to be at 15 percent in the national polls by mid-September to qualify. He’s yet to come close to that mark, although recent polls have shown him at or near 10 percent in several states, including New Hampshire, Nevada and Arizona.
Money would help that effort by allowing Barr to buy advertising, do direct mail and other staples of national campaigns. Thus far the campaign has mostly been limited to personal appearances from Barr and his vice presidential nominee, Wayne Allen Root, as well using the Internet to raise cash and spread the word through Web videos, blogs and social networks like Facebook.