Senator Clinton of New York raised more than $6 million during the first three months, leaving her with nearly $20 million in the bank.
The New York Post reports Clinton has raised $39.4 million so far in a re-election race. But Clinton has also spent about half of that or $19.7 million. How could a Senator spend nearly $20 million and still have $20 million in the campaign war chest in a reelection campaign where the opponents, former Yonkers Mayor John Spencer and Reagan-era Pentagon official Kathleen "KT" McFarland each have less than a half-million in the bank?
Most pundits and observers understand Clinton is really campaigning for the presidency. Any campaign cash left over from her re-election bid can be transferred into a presidential campaign.
The cost of keeping Clinton's political operation up and running is actually considerably higher than the $3.5 million she spent in the past three months. Clinton uses her HillPAC political-action committee to split costs on campaign staffers, research projects and consultants, an army of more than 40 campaign aides and operatives.
Last February The National Review reported that Clinton’s campaign was a "vast political empire" unrivaled in scale and ambition in Democratic politics.
Clinton has tried to move to the center as she prepares for a presidential campaign. She has not embraced the so-called netroots that many Democrats are chasing.
According to Rasmussen Reports' Hillary Meter, her move towards the center isn't convincing the voters.
She is viewed as politically liberal by 47% of voters while 35% see her as politically moderate.
In January 2005, 51% saw Clinton as politically liberal. She moderated her image in the early part of last year, but the number seeing her as liberal has not consistently dipped below the 45% range.
Collectively, today’s Hillary Meter places Senator Clinton a net 58 points to the left of the nation's political center. Two weeks ago, she was 56 points to the left of center.
The Hillary Meter poll was conducted, April 17-18, 2006 and has margin of error of +/- 3 percent.