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The Numbers Are In: Herman Cain’s Strange Smoking Ad Is Paying Off

Funny how all the Liberals are so up set about this guy smoking. Dosen't Obama smoke??

Well, it seems GOP front-runner Herman Cain’s bet on an unconventional video ad featuring smoking campaign manager, Mark Block, has paid off. As of the latest tally Friday morning, the Cain camp has raked in nearly $5 million in donations – earlier reported as $3 million — since the beginning of October. According to The Wall Street Journal, the cash surged even faster since the controversial ad aired on Monday.

“Our donations online have shot up a lot since that ad,” said Block, who claims the bizarre spot has now been viewed by at least four million people and counting since going viral.

“Yes, the smoking part of that ad was controversial—and I don’t in any way condone smoking—but the message that Herman Cain is a different kind of presidential candidate is certainly resonating across the country.”

Block, who claims most of the campaign’s contributions $60 each, insists the ad has bolstered, rather than hurt Cain’s image.

“The money we are getting is wildly beyond our expectations,” he said.

WSJ adds:

During the last two fund-raising periods, covering six months, Mr. Cain raised $4.7 million from donors and chipped in $675,000 of his own money. But that was before Mr. Cain took off in national polls and became the latest favorite of conservatives who aren’t wild about former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

If his cash inflow for this month doesn’t slack off in November and December–a big if–Mr. Cain would notch one of the best quarters of the campaign so far. Only Mr. Romney and Texas Gov. Rick Perry are the only candidates so far to have tallied more than $15 million in any one quarter.

The campaign, in turn, is spending a lot more, especially on staff. Mr. Cain had 37 paid staffers working for him in early September. That number now sits at 60, Mr. Block said.

Added: Oct-28-2011 Occurred On: Oct-28-2011
By: aranger45
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