From Nolan Chart:
Since I wrote my column entitled “The Barr Campaign at Halftime” on August 14, I have received a number of e-mails and phone calls from people offering comments and additional information on what is happening with that campaign. Based on what I’ve learned since writing that column, I am providing this update. Along the way, I will try to address points that were raised in the 30-plus comments generated by that column.
First, the good news. Polls by the Zogby organization show Bob Barr pulling as much as 5% of the popular vote nationwide, and double that in some states. If this materializes we should all be excited, but early polls usually show third-party candidates getting two to four times the vote they actually receive in November. I still hope and expect Barr to receive the highest vote total of any Presidential candidate to date (i.e. more than 921,000) and think he is likely to exceed our best percentage showing (1.06% in 1980). This will require about 1.3 million votes, but I think it could happen.
Unfortunately, the good news pretty much ends there. As of August 25 — three full months since Bob Barr became the nominee — the campaign still has not done a single direct-mail fundraising letter to the LP membership. The figure for “funds raised to date” on the Barr 2008 website as I write this is at $727,000 — which seems odd, given that it was at $685,000 on July 31, and the “big push” to raise money during the Olympics raised $140,000. If both of those figures were accurate, the total should be well past $800,000 — but still short of $1,000,000, a pathetic amount for this point in time.