Comparison

Clinton has 50,000 new donors since last night.
Congratulations.
Obama has 65,000.

The Clinton campaign claims to have picked up 50,000 new donors since winning Pennsylvania. Pretty impressive.

But last night when I checked the Obama website to see how he was doing on his goal of 1.5 million donors by May 6, his count was at 1,360,000. (I recall thinking he needed about 10,000 new donors a day to hit his goal.)

Right now, that number is 1,425,000.

Which side would you rather be on: the one that adds 50,000 new donors in the 24 hours after a victory, or the one that adds 65,000 new donors in the 24 hours after a defeat?

Update (10pm PDT): Now 1,435,000.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com