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McCain's Fundraising Is Up, But It Hasn't Been Easy

Michael Shear of The Washington Post notes that although John McCain's fundraising has "improved dramatically" since he clinched the nomination, unlike Barack Obama, the Arizona senator has had to devote a large portion of his campaigning time to old-fashioned luncheons and grip and grins with big donors.

According to reporters who have been traveling with McCain for months, the presumptive Republican nominee has attended more than 90 time-consuming fundraisers since early March, and it still seems a nearly impossible feat for him to match Obama's record-breaking fundraising prowess.

Meanwhile, Obama continues to face questions about his decision to forgo public financing. McCain campaign attorney Trevor Potter said that he expected to have further conversations with the Obama campaign to discuss public financing and was "shocked" when he heard the news that Obama was turning down public funds.

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