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Sat Apr 9, 2016, 07:19 AM

56. Facts really scare you-that is sad

Sanders is not raising money for down ballot candidate which will hurt him with super delegates http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/clinton-sanders-differ-down-ballot-democrats

Yesterday afternoon, meanwhile, Hillary Clintonís campaign announced its fundraising tally over the same period, and though Sanders hasnít matched his rival in votes or wins, we were reminded once more that heís easily defeating her when it comes to dollars in the bank. But the Clinton campaignís press release added something Sandersí did not:

Hillary Clinton raised about $29.5 million for her primary campaign during March. That amount brings the first quarter total to nearly $75 million raised for the primary, beating the campaignís goal of $50 million by about 50 percent. [Hillary For America] begins April with nearly $29 million on hand.

Clinton raised an additional $6.1 million for the DNC and state parties during the month of March, bringing the total for the quarter to about $15 million [emphasis added].

The first part matters, of course, to the extent that Sandersí fundraising juggernaut is eclipsing Clintonís operation, but itís the second part that stands out. How much money did Sanders raise for the DNC and state parties in March? Actually, zero. For the quarter, the total was also zero.

And while the typical voter probably doesnít know or care about candidatesí work on behalf of down-ballot allies, this speaks to a key difference between Sanders and Clinton: the former is positioning himself as the leader of a revolution; the latter is positioning herself as the leader of the Democratic Party. For Sanders, it means raising amazing amounts of money to advance his ambitions; for Clinton, it means also raising money to help other Democratic candidates.

As Rachel noted on the show last night, the former Secretary of State has begun emphasizing this angle while speaking to voters on the campaign trail. Here, for example, is Clinton addressing a Wisconsin audience over the weekend:

ďIím also a Democrat and have been a proud Democrat all my adult life. I think thatís kind of important if weíre selecting somebody to be the Democratic nominee of the Democratic Party.

ďBut what it also means is that I know how important to elect state legislatures, to elect Democratic governors, to elect a Democratic Senate and House of Representatives.Ē

The message wasnít subtle: Clinton is a Democrat and Sanders isnít; Clinton is working to help Democrats up and down the ballot and Sanders isnít.

Super Delegates will be taking this difference into account in deciding which candidate is best for the party

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