On September 30 the third quarter for Presidential campaign fundraising comes to a close. Early estimates, and numbers leaked from campaigns, can be expected next week while the final totals and the contribution reports will not be available until October 15.
Historically fundraising totals for the third quarter are lower than previous two quarters. Much of this can be attributed to the August vacation season and the fact that the easily accessible donors have already contributed to the campaign of their choice.
Whatever the totals are, they will surely reveal information about the direction GOP campaigns. In the coming weeks totals will provide greater insight in to Mayor Giuliani’s frontrunner status, the stability of Senator McCain’s campaign and the traction of Senator Thompson’s campaign.