Source: Hartford Courant
On April 18, 2003 the Hartford Courant reported that "there's a distinctively Jewish wrinkle to Joe Lieberman's latest fund-raising report: Hundreds of donors sent dollar amounts that were multiples of 18, considered a Jewish lucky number... Trouble was, there were not enough of those contributors to make Lieberman look as good as some expected he would... The Connecticut Democrat raised $3 million in the first quarter of 2003, a dismal sum compared with other major candidates. Perhaps more troubling for his 2004 presidential bid, he has only $1.8 million left. That placed him fifth in the cash derby, behind former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, who had $2 million... Spokesmen for Lieberman say the numbers are misleading because his fund-raising did not move into high gear until late February, when finance director Shari Yost began her job."