Thursday, October 18, 2007

Ron Paul Number One in Donations from Military Voters

with Barack Obama coming in at number two.

From the Houston Chronicle

Paul leads in donations from military voters, with Obama next

WASHINGTON — Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, the congressman from the Houston area who opposes the Iraq war, has gotten more contributions than any other White House contender from donors identified as affiliated with the military.

According to a Houston Chronicle analysis of campaign records from January through September, Paul received $63,440 in donations from current military employees and several retired military personnel.

Democrat Barack Obama, another war critic, was second in military giving. The Illinois senator got $53,968 during the nine months.
The military contributions — nearly 1,000 of them are listed in Federal Election Commission records for this year — represent a small fraction of the overall contributions to the candidates.
Nevertheless, analysts said the ability of Paul and Obama to rake in as much money from military employees as they did suggests there is a certain degree of dissatisfaction with the Iraq campaign among veterans and those in uniform.
Jennifer Duffy, an analyst with the non-partisan Cook Political Report, speculated that Paul might be an attractive candidate for military personnel who oppose the war, "but don't want to cross the line and vote for a Democrat."

Interesting. I see this as a sign that some in the military find alternate ways of voicing their dissatisfaction for the current way the war is being run than directly speaking out. The real question is what's going to happen should they come home from their tours and start stumping for Paul and Obama? Thats certainly not a picture that either Clinton or Giulliani want to see.

h/t to Memeorandum