Farmer, an effervescent backslapper who never misses an opportunity to promote himself or his candidate, is the master of modern political fund raising: a person who can franchise a nationwide pyramid of captains and lieutenants to seek out $1,000 donations, the maximum permitted by law. So far he has raised nearly $17 million from 75,000 donors, plus $8.5 million in federal matching funds. With money pouring in at a rate of $60,000 a day, Farmer will soon hit the $27.7 million legal ceiling for primary spending. Besides buying Dukakis early credibility, it has given him a critical cushion, allowing him to survive losses in such states as Iowa, Illinois and Michigan and still wage a national campaign. "Money has become the winnowing factor in this race," says Farmer. "It's not that other candidates lose their desire; it's that their pocketbooks run dry."...
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