First Bob Barr Money Bomb a Dud

The first “money bomb” for former Congressman Bob Barr fizzled like a packet of Pop Rocks on Tuesday.

Less than $2,000 dollars was raised for the day yet Barr still holds the fundraising lead with over $110,000 raised as he heads into the convention.

Since officially announcing for the Libertarian nomination on May 12th, Barr’s campaign has raised over $60,000.

Despite the low returns on the 20th, the activist behind BobBarrMoneyBomb.com (watch out for the sparkles) has scheduled another go for July 4th.

40 Responses to “First Bob Barr Money Bomb a Dud”

  1. Chuck Says:

    I would have sent money if I had known about it. Oh well.

  2. Kenny Says:

    Only $2000. Barr aint no Paul!

  3. JT Says:

    Wow, $2,000 for a money bomb is pretty pathetic. Of course, $110,000 going into the LP convention is nearly $100,000 more than 2004 LP nominee Mike Badnarik had.

  4. severin Says:

    I don’t believe he will get the LP nomination. At this point I think that Ruwart and Barr will cancel each other out and one of the less controversial candidates will grab the nom, probably either Kubby or Root depending if more conservative types go to the convention or more radical types. However any of them could come out on top. I am not sure where Phillies currently stands, but he might be able to get enough conservative votes and radical votes to pull off an upset. I guess we will see on Sunday.

  5. Nexus Says:

    Your wrong severin. Milnes is going to win it. Just ask him…

  6. Steve Perkins Says:

    I’m sick to death of the new TPW management being a Barr mouthpiece, and censoring all bad news and criticism of the Barr campaign!

    Oh, wait…

  7. Tom Bryant Says:

    The key for a money bomb to be successful is to have people know about it.

    Some people think raising money is as simple as making a website.

    Oh well.

  8. John Campbell Says:

    Ron Paul is the real deal. Bob Barr is a poor substitute. The LP and Libertarians everywhere should be doing everything they can to convince Ron Paul to accept the nomination.

  9. Brad Says:

    Barr’s money bomb was a dud because Barr is not a libertarian, but is rather a Theo-Con.

    I hope Ruwart wins the nomination. Considering that the Reform Caucus has become the Republican Caucus, I wouldn’t have a problem if the LP restored 84 (by the way, that isn’t a typo) and booted the whole Republican Caucus out. It would be great if they’d restore the Children’s Rights plank (that would also stop the likes of Neal Boortz from pretending to be libertarians while sucking up to the Bush regime). I’m fine with any version of the plank.

    From the 1984 Platform:

    Children are human beings and as such, have all the rights of human beings.

    We oppose all laws that empower government officials to seize children and make them ‘wards of the state’ or, by means of child labor laws and compulsory education, to infringe on their freedom to work or learn as they choose. We oppose all legally created or sanctioned discrimination against (or in favor of) children, just as we oppose government discrimination directed at any other artificially defined sub-category of human beings. Specifically we oppose ordinances that outlaw adults only apartments.

    We also support the repeal of all laws establishing any category of crimes applicable to children for which adults would not be similarly answerable, such as curfew, smoking, and alcoholic beverage laws, and other status offenses. Similarly, we favor the repeal of ‘stubborn child’ laws and laws establishing the category of ‘persons in need of supervision.’ We call for an end to the practice of all ‘children’s codes’ of[or] statutes which abridge due process protections for young people. We further favor the abolition of the juvenile court system, so that juveniles will be held fully responsible for their crimes.

    Whenever parents or other guardians are unwilling or unable to care for their children, thoseguardians have the right to seek other persons who are willing to assume guardianship, and children have the right to seek other guardians who place a higher value on their lives. Accordingly, we oppose all laws that impede these processes, notably those restricting private adoption services or those forcing children to remain in the custody of their parents against their will.

    Children should always have the right to establish their maturity by assuming the administration and protection of their own rights, ending dependency upon their parents or other guardians and assuming all the responsibility of adulthood.

  10. Denver Delegate Says:

    Perhaps Barr can use those six figures to support down-ticket Republicans like he has since he became a member of of the Libertarian National Committee.

  11. citizen1 Says:

    Maybe the first test of who will carry the Ron Paul mantle in Nov. will be whether the Chuck Baldwin money bomb www.freedommoneybomb.com raises more than Barr’s.

  12. Thomas L. Knapp Says:

    I don’t think that the failure of Barr’s “money bomb” necessarily indicates anything one way or another about “how good” a candidate he is.

    Ron Paul’s “money bombs” didn’t come out of nowhere. They emerged from two factors:

    - He was the “insurgent” GOP candidate on the war, just like Howard Dean was with the Democrats in 2004.
    - He’s been building his “fan base” in the political niche he occupies for 35 years, and that fan base turned out to support a guy they had developed respect for over a long period.

    Barr is not the “insurgent” candidate for the LP’s nomination—he’s the media favorite and certainly one of the frontrunners. He hasn’t been building a “fan base” in the LP or libertarian movement for 35 years. As a matter of fact, he only recently came over from “the dark side.” He’s kind of in the middle right now—Libertarians aren’t yet sure whether to trust him, and conservative Republicans aren’t quite decided yet as to whether they’re willing to abandon the GOP this cycle.

  13. Steve Perkins Says:

    I basically agree with Knapp. That, and basically I think his fundraising potential is pretty limited until (and if) he becomes the nominee. I’ve thrown a good amount of money his way, but even I don’t want to seriously open my wallet just to watch him lose to George Phillies on a 3rd or 4th-round compromise a week later. It looks like $50K was his ceiling in “exploratory” mode, and $100-150K is the max when declaring a candidacy two weeks before the convention. I don’t really know what to expect in terms of numbers should he be the bona fide nominee for the Presidency.

    Of course, what I do know is that even in a matter of weeks he’s managed to completely blow right by an entire field of candidates who have been building their bases for over a year (discounting Gravel’s money from Democratic-race donations, and Phillies’ apparent willingness to take out 4 or 5 mortgages on his own house).

  14. johncjackson Says:

    I could be wrong, but I don’t think Phillies needs to take mortgages out to finance his campaign. Believe it or not there are actually Libertarians who are employed and financially stable.

  15. Thomas L. Knapp Says:

    George is a single man, and a tenured professor. He’s also a smart guy, and has probably invested wisely over the years. My recollection is that he recently bought his house … and I’m not sure he took out a loan for it at all, let alone multiple mortgages.

  16. Deran Says:

    Well, Mr. Phillies may well be loaded with cash; but none of it is reported to the FEC that I can find? Barr, McKinney and Nader have raised the most so far of the third party/indie candidates.

    I really find it difficult to believe the Libertarians would rather recieve 100k “pure” votes, the potentially a few million votes with Barr?

    It would be like the Greens nominating one of their no-names instead of McKinney (it could still happen, if the Obama Christ gets the Dem nod, I still am not convinced McKinney will seeek the nomination in the end.)

    I hope McKinney does go for it; and then a few percent of the Hillary hardcore who can’t bring them selves to vote for the Obama Christ, will cast them for McKinney!

  17. disinter Says:

    The first “money bomb” for former Congressman Bob Barr fizzled like a packet of Pop Rocks on Tuesday.

    Gee darn.

  18. disinter Says:

    Perhaps Barr can use those six figures to support down-ticket Republicans like he has since he became a member of of the Libertarian National Committee.

    You mean by pocketing 78% of it?

  19. disinter Says:

    The LP and Libertarians everywhere should be doing everything they can to convince Ron Paul to accept the nomination.

    Why? You really think if Ron Paul runs as a Libertarian he will win, get in the debates or get any more media attention? That is the same retarded logic the retard caucus uses.

    It would be a HUGE waste of Ron Paul’s time.

  20. disinter Says:

    Maybe the first test of who will carry the Ron Paul mantle in Nov. will be whether the Chuck Baldwin money bomb www.freedommoneybomb.com raises more than Barr’s.

    Yea, he should raise… what… $2,001?

    Chuck Baldwin is no Ron Paul, sorry to burst your bubble.

  21. Mike Theodore Says:

    I told them, a money bomb won’t work for Barr. They are setting there sets to high. Those little goals on the site bar motivate people to give them money to reach that goal. That’s why this unclear “rally to the convention” bar that has been passed is seeing few donations.

  22. Gay Gary Says:

    The real key to the money bomb is to make certain the person in charge of said bomb knows how to spell. I.E.— - Declaration of Indapendance - inherating items - forhaving a good job - send the establisment

    misspellings courtesy of: bobbarrmoneybomb.com

  23. svf Says:

    if the Obama Christ gets the Dem nod

    “Obama Christ”... that’s brilliant!

  24. Austrian Economist Says:

    HAHHAHAHHAHAHAHHAAHAAHHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHAHAH

    The only second coming Barr will ever be is that of sleazy mustaches.

    Certainly NOT the Ron Paul Revolution!

    Let’s have a pagan festival for Barr with tons of reefer and a few strippers to venerate the great CANDY BARR himself!

  25. Craig Says:

    The Bob Barr money bomb was poorly timed. No one is sure if he’s going to win the LP nomination, so why risk donating your hard earned cash for a campaign that might end a week from now?

    I agree with John Campbell that the LP’s best option is to offer the nomination to Ron Paul. I doubt that will happen, or that Ron Paul would accept it if it did.

    No matter who wins this thing, a big money bomb to serve notice that the LP is serious this time around would be a great idea. I only hope that all of the various factions will come together and support the nominee.

  26. Craig Says:

    “Of course, what I do know is that even in a matter of weeks he’s managed to completely blow right by an entire field of candidates who have been building their bases for over a year…”

    Not really. Money doesn’t buy the LP nomination—delegates do. The way to win delegates is using the Badnarik formula—declare early, get out there on the campaign trail, visit as many state LP conventions as you can, show that you understand the party and its principles, and inspire people to make the trek to the national convention to support you.

  27. Alex Peak Says:

    If Barr wants to have successful money bombs, the first thing he should do is actually become libertarian. The reason Ron Paul’s money bombs were so successful is because Ron Paul is a libertarian. Barr could easily become a libertarian, all he would have to do is become as anti-war, anti-Patriot Act, and anti-drug war as Ron Paul. :)

    And, if Mr. Barr actually follows this suggestion, and become more like Ron Paul, then I will start supporting his nomination. :)

  28. Catholic Trotskyist Says:

    Deran, OBAMA IS THE TRUE CHRIST OF OUR TIME, AND HIS ADOPTIVE FATHER, THE REVOLUTIONARY GENERAL TED KENNEDY, IS THE FATHER OF OUR TIME. PLEASE PRAY FOR TED KENNEDY, BARACK OBAMA AND THE FRINGE ALLIANCE STRATEGY. HOPEFULLY BARR WILL WIN THE LIBERTARIAN NOMINATION SO HE CAN STEAL MORE REPUBLICAN VOTES. Amen.

  29. Paul Farris Says:

    As I stated in my “100 Hours! Patriots!......Open Letter to Ron Paul” (http://www.nolanchart.com/article3827.html),

    “.....Paul and Barr (2008), together [as an LP presidential ticket] bring a symbiosis that will send after-shock after after-shock crashing through the Republican Party, as the ticket, composed of two members who have both been involved in the Republican party for over 30 years combined and have huge resumes of accomplishment.”
    More importantly, I state in the article…
    “...Even if he got the nomination (Barr), it still would not have the effect of crashing and forcing the Republican party to capitulate from it’s anti-constitutionalist, anti-liberty ways. Barr’s true role should be that of vice-presidential candidate on a Paul-Barr ticket, to balance, magnify and enhance the wrecking-ball effect on the Republican party.”
    Also important, imho, if I may say so (lol, AND I will, lol)...
    “A Ron Paul - Bob Barr LP 2008 ticket will absolutely confound the political establishment generally, and the Republican establishment specifically. Paul - Barr 2008 will effectively, Tilt!, the Republican party. In it’s essence, Paul - Barr 2008 to many Republicans, will become, the conservative ticket worthy of support! It is the small government, secure borders ticket that will attract millions and millions of voters from all quarters, but especially large sectors of the republican base, if only in protest of John “Compromise-at-all-Costs” McAmnesty. Deep in their hearts, the Republicans themselves may even sense what is coming and fear the prospect, but are hoping, and no doubt, placing party over country, urging Paul remain on the sidelines. We must give them what they fear!
    Though at this hour, this minute, presently academic, though I am praying brothers and sisters, Ron Paul rises above party and behaves like Patton rushing to save the surrounded American forces at Bastogne during the Rundstedt Offensive, aka: The Battle of the Bulge. Though this time, Paul would be on the offensive (as the LP standared bearere) in a quest to save Freedom, advance the message to millions, in a great leap forward, while outflanking and collapsing a corrupt gop that has brought financial and moral bankruptcy to the country, in tandem with the “D’s”, and whose actions have served to engineer a police-state that closes in on all quarters.
    In my wildest dreams, and I have them, I wonder if even the LP purists would even go for such a ticket?
    Personally, I dont particularly care if its the Ice Cream party or the Jack-In-the-Box Party, as long as it advances liberty in a bold strategic manner.
    Do we not place Party over country if we think our particular ‘party’ cannot be used tactically to advance liberty and freedom? I mean, if the LP Paul/Barr 08 effectively forced gop capitulation, and they came back and acted like rational adults and ended the IRS, replaced with nothing, and throttled the military-industrial stranglehold on the fedgov, would it really matter if the LP actually had the majority of seats in the House and Senate? But more importantly influenced the debate, and actually won a desired outcome.

  30. Paul Farris Says:

    “....dreams, its what reality is made of….” Now, if I were Gott, and gottdamn the “R’s” and the “D’s”, the LP would somehow, during the convention, come up with two tickets, both on time delay. One ticket, Paul/Barr would dissolve within 7 days (after the convention) of national vigils or whatever strategy might work to convince Paul to run LP POTUSCandidate, the other LP ticket would become operative if Paul just decides to not take the offer as the 7 day window expired.

    The 7 days might permit some serious national discussion about the developing situation of tow (McBama/McClinton,), (oops, dont you wish both of them would be caught in the under tow), two statists debating the future of this country without someone representing the founding fathers. Paul could very well be convinced. WTF, anything, anything before the firing squads is worth a try. But I am absolutely serious about the LP Convention taking one final tack to try for Paul as the prez nominee. All we have to lose is life and liberty…..

    Eric Garris, Anthony Gregoy, Thomas Knapp, you guys could probably set the 7 day scenario in motion. Or anybody. I know one thing, whoever is successful in winning such a scenario, will one day have a holiday named in her/his honor!

    Lets do this thing!

  31. Nexus Says:

    “The key for a money bomb to be successful is to have people know about it.”

    I’ve donated to Barr before and I didn’t even know about this.

  32. Eric Dondero Says:

    Nobody heard of Barr’s money bomb. That was the problem.

    You can’t just mention it on a website. You gotta promote it.

  33. JT Says:

    Craig: “The way to win delegates is using the Badnarik formula—declare early, get out there on the campaign trail, visit as many state LP conventions as you can, show that you understand the party and its principles, and inspire people to make the trek to the national convention to support you.”

    That was how Harry Browne won the nomination in 1996 and 2000 (both times on the first ballot). It wasn’t how Michael Badnarik won the nomination in 2004. Yes, he declared early, visited many LP state conventions, and showed he understood the party. But going into the convention he still wasn’t the favorite to win. The way he won was by doing a great job in the convention debate, and by having Nolan endorse him against Russo once Nolan was knocked out of the running.

  34. Kenny Says:

    Harry Browne also had the advantage of being very well known the libertarian movement and being promoted by organizations like Advocates for Self-government. Badnarik won because he performed well at the convention.

  35. disinter Says:

    Will the Libertarians Spoil McCain’s Chances?

    “I doubt the LP will spoil the election. Very, very few people who are, at this point, going to vote for McCain are going to vote for a Libertarian. If it’s close, the only Libertarian votes will be true believers and general protesters, like in 2000. And now the über nativists don’t like Barr because he’s supposedly for open borders. I don’t see him outflanking McCain on the right in any meaningful sense. He’s running as a tamed down hawk and slightly less spendthrift Republican. I like him, but his platform is modalism without the charm.”

    http://www.lewrockwell.com/blog/lewrw/archives/021115.html

  36. XYZ Adams Says:

    Pop Rocks haven’t been as good as the olden days … what gives?

  37. XYZ Adams Says:

    On a more serious note … does this embaress Bob Barr out of the race?

  38. Timothy Bledsoe Says:

    The Libertarian party has been destroyed before it ever began. The fact that the party would nominate Bob Barr only shows me how uninformed the majority of the “most informed” are. This is a truly hopeless situation. The United States is dead.

  39. robert Says:

    Found your blog on yahoo - thanks for the article but i still don’t get it.

  40. RobertD Says:

    First moneybomb $2000 you say.
    July 2nd, was the 2nd money bomb: $37,000 approximately.

    Thats called progress. August money, should have a goal, for example $100,000….if I think about it, I’ll come back in August to report the continued progress. Bob Barr, continues to outraise all 3rd party candidates, by far.

    Bob Barr is the real deal, the best candidate the LP has ever had, a formidable debater and a true Libertarian intellect.

    This is not at all like when Pat Buchannan hijacked the reform party. Bob Barr is a FORMER conservative and a true Libertarian for several years, and the story of how he came to understand the issues with conservatism, is inspiring and should open many eyes.

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