Philip, that’s got to be one of the most ill-considered fundraising e-mails in the history of fundraising e-mails. Imagine Barr’s reaction to seeing that in the Wall Street Journal — yow!
The fundraising shortfall is very surprising, considering that the LP reported record contributions at this year’s presidential banquet, the party’s traditional big fundraiser at the end of the convention. That would have indicated strong support within LP ranks, and at a private reception for Barr I attended in Denver, many delegates were writing contribution checks on the spot.
Given Barr’s extensive media exposure (certainly more than any Libertarian nominee in decades) I’m wondering if the shortfall complained of by Verney represents some structural problem with the campaign’s operation.