Joe Arwood, U.S. Senate candidate, has $7,000, no chance

Joe Arwood is a Republican candidate for Amy Klobuchar's U.S. Senate seat. To describe Arwood as a potential "dark horse" candidate is an insult to both darkness and horses. At this point, it's safe to think of Arwood as a no-hoper.

That's more or less confirmed in Arwood's fundraising numbers, which he has released on his website in some bizarre form of protest.

Somehow, Arwood has convinced a few people to give him money, and he's now sitting on more than $7,000 in the bank. That means he's only about $3,993,000 behind Amy Klobuchar.

So, yes, Klobuchar has a slight fundraising edge, but at this point, it's really too close to call.

Arwood's announcement, as posted on his (very fancy!) campaign website came with an odd message of frustration that the FEC hadn't already posted his third-quarter fundraising report.

"For unknown reasons," the message reads, "as of 8:00 AM Wednesday October 19th, the FEC website does not reflect the most-recent reporting data for Minnesota Senate candidates."

Amy Klobuchar has $4 million, which she obviously did not earn with that poor shooting form.
Amy Klobuchar has $4 million, which she obviously did not earn with that poor shooting form.

So, instead of the lazy, do-nothing bureaucrats at the FEC exposing Arwood's embarrassing lack of cash-flow, Arwood has chosen to expose his own shortcoming. (Wait, that didn't come out right.) Why Arwood was so eager to get this information to the public is unclear.

According to Arwood's posting, he raised $10,534 between the late-August announcement of his candidacy and September 30, the third-quarter fundraising deadline. Arwood's campaigning on the cheap, and spent $3,356 of his bank account. That leaves him with more than $7,000.

Oh, man, Joe. With that kind of money, you could get a used car, or a really, really nice suit. But you probably cannot get a U.S. Senate seat -- especially not against a popular incumbent like Amy Klobuchar, and especially not if said popular incumbent has, let's say, $4 million in her campaign fund.

That's the number Klobuchar's campaign gave to Minnesota Public Radio last Friday, announcing that she'd raised around $1 million -- or 100 times as much as Arwood's total -- during the third quarter of 2011.

Arwood, a sitting city councilman for St. Bonaficious, explained in his own release that he had other things on his mind during the third quarter.

"Since announcing my Senate bid in late August, fundraising has not been my primary focus," Arwood wrote. "The resources and energies of my campaign have been focused upon directly engaging the concerns of the men, women and families of Minnesota."

Well, Joe, apparently now you know what the men, women and families of Minnesota are really interested in: Giving all of their money to Amy Klobuchar's campaign.

Perhaps Arwood can spend the fourth quarter of 2011 focusing on what he'll do after November 6, 2012.

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