Third quarter fundraising for President Obama's campaign and the Democratic Party saw a monstrous $70.1 million haul. $42.8 million was for his own campaign. In all, for the 3rd quarter, over 600,000 individuals donated to his campaign with an average of $56/donation. That's double what he did in 2008 when he broke all fund raising records-- and it's not even an election year yet! Currently the Obama Campaign is quickly approaching the million donor mark with over 982,000 individual donors. These stats are simply amazing to be honest.
But I thought Obama was losing popularity? Sure just like every president he's taken a hit to his support. But he still has a very strong base and still has the ability to attract regular Americans to support his reelection. In fact, his entire operation is built around average Americans donating small sums. I'll take that over a candidate controlled by large donors any day.
To put this into context, of just how extraordinary these stats are consider Michelle Bachman's mistaken brag last week. She claimed her campaign was so popular and that she was so mainstream that she had over 250,000 donors. A spokesman for her campaign quickly released a statement clarifying the campaign did not have near that many donors and the candidate simply meant over her political career. That number is still suspect but we'll go with it. Bachmann has been running for office since 1999. In 10 years of campaigns she might have somewhere around 250,000 donors. In one quarter of one off-election year Barack Obama had over 606,000 individual donors. That's how huge Obama's numbers are.