Journalists too often focus more on how much money political candidates have without noting where that money comes from and how it may relate to decisions made by candidates.
That being said, the amount of money candidates can raise is still of paramount importance in campaigns and is always worth noting.
Today's Washington Post features assessments of presidential candidates' current campaign situations. As expected Republican candidates Rudolph Giuliani, Mitt Romney, and probable candidate Fred Thompson are doing well in the money chase, while John McCain has run into problems, largely based on his stances on Iraq and immigration.
On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are doing well with their fundraising, while John Edwards has run into some problems. The stealth candidate, according to the Post article, appears to be New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson:
New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, who is barely registering in most polls, has told other Democrats that he expects to raise more money than Edwards this quarter.