Originally posted by eLPresidente
You actually think there are organized veterans groups out there that passionately support the other GOP candidates?
You mean like the Vets for Romney Facebook Group
? There's smaller veterans groups for the other
Republican candidates and undoubtedly lots of individuals who support them. Heck, there's probably military people who support some of the
candidates who only qualified to run in one state.
There also seems to be some state based veterans organizations that support Romney
and I'm sure you
could find equal for other candidates.
In any case (returning to the topic) it appears that Ron Paul's ads aren't very effective if he's outspent a lot of the other candidates and is
still coming up with only 10% of the vote.
I remember reading about his mass mailing of a five page letter to everyone in Georgia (I think it was) and thinking that there was a waste of money.
Few stop to read five page letters these days (particularly from politicians)
Looking at Ron Paul's expenditures is interesting. 1/3 of all expenses is
"administrative" -- the highest percentage of any of the Republican candidates
His campaign expenses are the smallest percentage of any
candidate's -- other candidates seem to put about 1/4th of their contributions into campaign expenses.
Romney spends about 1/4th of contributions on administration
Santorum also spends about 1/4th on administration
Newt actually spends the smallest percentage on administration
It's interesting that although Paul touts smaller government, he has the biggest percentage of administrative costs. The lack of campaign spending
(he doesn't show up as many places as the others do) undoubtedly contributes heavily to his low ranking in the news and in the polls. In order to
make the news, a politician has to show up to a new city and speechify or meet people. Paul's got the least active campaign schedule of all.
Historically, that's been a losing strategy. The winners are the ones who make appearances -- incite curiosity and give others opportunities to
bring their friends out to see the politician in person.
I think his finances reflect poor strategy. If he spent the money for administration on campaigning instead and spent his campaigning costs on
administration, he'd undoubtedly be doing better -- as a glance at the stats of the others show.