Early in the presidential campaign, there was talk of President Obama raising and spending $1 billion on his re-election effort. With the latest report and a month still to go as the hotly-contest race accelerates toward Election Day, it looks like he’ll easily make that figure.
“Some amazing news this morning: 1,825,813 people came together to raise $181 million for this campaign in September,” Obama tweeted Saturday as the campaign released its figures for last month.
That brings the Obama campaign’s total fund raising to $947 million – well on the way to passing the billion-dollar mark and the 2008 total.
The $181 million, raised by the Obama campaign and the Democratic National Committee, was far more than the $114 million raised in August and nearly as much as the record monthly amount collected in September 2008 ($193 million).
“It's a record-breaking sum that far exceeds anything Obama or Mitt Romney has previously raised in a given month, and is a sign of Obama's expansive liberal donor base reengaging in a big way for the final month of the race,” writes Alexander Burns at Politico.com.
It’s also a sign that the Democratic National Convention in early September – especially the speeches by first lady Michelle Obama and former president Bill Clinton – energized donors as well as delegates.
Contributions have come from more than a half-million people who had never given to Obama’s presidential campaigns (either in 2008 or in 2012), campaign officials reported. The average contribution has been $53, and all but two percent were $250 or less. In all, the campaign claims to have collected more than 10 million individual donations – an effort campaign manager Jim Messina in an e-mail to supporters called “a historic record for grass-roots politics.”
In general, the Obama campaign gets most of its donations from individuals limited to $2,500, the Romney campaign more heavily from “Super PACs” with no upper limit.
Emphasis mine. Carloz