Month’s End Compels Candidates to Chase Campaign Cash

Photograph by Paul Sancya/AP Photo

A donation box for Rep. Ron Paul at a rally in Hudsonville, Michigan, on Feb. 26, 2012.

Seeing a lot of urgent requests for campaign contributions in your in-box or on campaign websites lately?  There’s a good reason.

Saturday brings the end of March — the cutoff for the next batch of campaign finance reports. So candidates want to stuff their treasuries with as much cash as they can before the books close on this year’s first quarter.

“I’m not going to waste your time here: March 31st is this campaign’s most critical fundraising deadline so far,” Vice President Joe Biden said to supporters in an e-mail message the Obama campaign distributed today. The subject line: “Saturday night.”

Candidates for Congress file campaign finance reports on a quarterly basis and will submit updated documents by April 15. Presidential candidates and major super-PACs supporting them file on a monthly basis and will submit their papers by April 20.

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