Watching the US race for presidential nomination, it is fascinating to observe the almost complete lack of stated policy or real political goals.
To an outsider it seems that both Democrat and Republican candidates view dollars to be as important as delegates.
According to the Obama for America team its fundraising had produced US$7,596,326 between 5th and 7th February.
American politics is certainly a moneyed sport.
Here's the latest fundraising e-mail from the Obama camp yesterday.
"We just learned that we won all three contests today -- in Louisiana, Nebraska, and Washington State.
We've now won 18 out of 28 states, with New Mexico still in the balance.
What's more, we also estimate that we at least doubled our delegate lead today.
Our momentum is strong, but another round of tough contests is about to begin.
Tomorrow, Democrats will caucus in Maine. And on Tuesday, Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia will have their turn.
To win, we need to bring as many people into the process as possible. We're pushing towards 500,000 donors this year by March 4th, when Texas, Ohio, Rhode Island, and Vermont vote.
Now is the time to make your first online donation of $25 -- if you do, it will be matched by another supporter, doubling your impact:
This race is still extremely close, and we need your support to remain competitive.
Thank you for making this possible.