September 14th, 2008
10:30 AM ET
10 years ago

Obama campaign confirms they raised $66 million in August

Obama set a new fundraising record in August.

Obama set a new fundraising record in August.

(CNN) - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's campaign raised $66 million in August, the campaign announced Sunday, topping its previous high mark and running well ahead of Obama's Republican rival.

The Obama campaign said more than half a million new donors contributed during the month, when the Illinois senator accepted the Democratic presidential nomination and named Sen. Joseph Biden of Delaware as his running mate. The campaign had more than $77 million cash on hand at the end of August, compared with about $66 million in July.

Obama's previous monthly donation record of $55 million came in February, during his primary battle with New York senator and former first lady Hillary Clinton.

Earlier this month, the campaign of GOP presidential nominee John McCain reported raising $47 million in August. That haul also set a monthly record for the Arizona senator, whose campaign says it received a financial shot in the arm after McCain picked Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to join the ticket.

McCain has accepted federal matching funds for his general election campaign, giving him $84 million to spend for November. The money comes with strict spending limits, but the Republican National Committee's Victory fund can continue to raise and spend money on his behalf.

Obama has rejected public financing, calling the system "broken" - a decision that frees him to continue raising money for November.

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  1. HD

    please give as much as you can to help Obama, for all the women outhere just a little reminder that Pallin values does not support women issues on Abortion , women rught we have gone too far to go back again, women we should be in control of our UTERUS
    and why she is killing all these animals?

    September 14, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  2. Timi

    We're going to win this thing!!!!!!!!!

    September 14, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  3. Mary in CT

    To: A house divided
    Yes, the way things have been going under Bush for the last eight years should be enough to hand Obama the presidency without campaigning.

    Unfortunately, the reality is that Rovian politics are still very effective with our largely unreflective electorate, and it would have been the height of naiveté for Obama to think otherwise. Second, for all of McCain's disingenuous criticism of Obama's decision to remain with the fundraising mechanism he has developed, which actually involves everyday people in the process, Obama is showing his continued, even growing support in a very tangible way. The fact that his fundraising outpaced McCain's by almost 1/3 during the month of August was, in many cases, an indicator of the relative response to Sarah Palin's selection.

    September 14, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  4. dave

    Palin is a born liar and a snake; we don't know her and the Republican are simply shedding her since she is new from a state that most Americans have not heard of.

    This is a woman who employed all her friends even if they are not qualified in a position and fires or commanded the firing of people who offend her or her family or who she just don't like. She makes me sick.

    McCain-Palin is a doomed ticket merely holding on due to Karl Rove's political tactics. Their days are numbered and I will see them in HADES. They cannot continue fooling Americans and getting away from it period.

    September 14, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  5. Jim

    Just becareful Obama campaign, don't get too negative, make commercials about the issues, one about jobs, one about gas price's, etc, try not to fall for the republican smear campaign trap. They want you to jump on board to make you look bad. If you are having commercials more about the issues while the Mccain campaign yaps off about bs, people warm up to you much faster that are having second thoughts. Give specific issues of how you will solve the gas crisis, talk about how taking money from the reserve worked in the clinton admin, and etc, use example's of the past to put their fears to rest!

    September 14, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  6. Cynthia - Arkansas

    The more lies McSame and Failin tell, the more money I give to Obama. Enough is Enough!

    September 14, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  7. nancy

    Here's to our next PRESIDENT, And well deserved:))))

    September 14, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  8. Gary

    Too bad teens cannot vote

    September 14, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  9. greenfun

    Yes, but the polls tell the tale. You can't always buy an electionnnnnnn,
    And if you try sometimes-you get what you neeeeeeeeeed.
    Maybe what the people really need is someone who keeps their promises-public financing.

    September 14, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  10. Bryan

    Do any of you actually think Obama is different than any other pseudo-marxist democrat like Jimmy Carter (huge failure as president, he had approval ratings similar to W)? Get over yourselves and get some perspective. Nothing about him is new.

    September 14, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  11. Carol

    Fellow Obama Supporters: Do not believe the grim poll statistics indicating McCain is winning; the pollsters are not capturing every demographic in this country who will show up at the polls on 4 November. Yes We Can!!!!


    September 14, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  12. David

    ANd despite the $$$ from his fans, and the lies Obama supporters "blind followers" spread they still might lose...

    Just look at the first commmet by R. Cooper, and you will see that Obama fanatics have lost touch with reality!

    September 14, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  13. 2008shar

    Let's all get out the vote so that our children will be able to go to college, we can have Universal Health Care, our grandparents Social Security will not be taxed to death, seniors can get good care because of better income for families...Lets do everything we possibly can to make it happen this year... We cannot have 4 more years of this devastation...It woud be a total disaster if McSain andPalin wins in November...Please read the New York Times for more info. We must STOP Palin..She has destroyed too many lives already..She would not care about yours...She just wants to win...That has been her record.

    Pease tell everyone to vote we truly need a change...What a wonderful thing?

    September 14, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  14. Tony in Michigan

    Have you seen the Video of Mcain Pulling his ink pen out of his pocket,Going to veto any porkbarrel spending?I agree he just might veto SOME pork barrel spending,BUT is that the SAME pen he'll use to Sign off on more TAX relief for big business,or sign off on a few more BILLIONS for a war we don't want?Yea Mcain save us ALL a few Million so you can spend a few Billion or Trillion?Even Allen Greenspan says he's Lost it!!!

    September 14, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  15. Jim Franklyn

    McSleazy, McBush whichever he chooses to be it is a losing combination. When Sarah is allowed to get out of her diapers and baby bed with rails, she will have to answer some tought questions.

    Are you better off today than 8-years ago?
    Is your health insurance better or worse than 8-years ago?
    Are you happy oil prices went up 1500% in the oil admin istration?
    Are you happy they have raided all of our social security money?
    Do you accept a lie every time Bush, Cheney or McCain open their mouth?

    If your answer is yes and you love hatred, vote for the same thing again. Not me, I am a 50 year old White Middle American who proudly supports Obama and was one of the first time donors in August.

    September 14, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
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    September 14, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  17. John

    I donated to Obama's campaign last month. I considered it an investment into my future. Let us all stand firm and not allow McCain to become president of the United States. This is our country. Our fight! I will not allow this country to start day one on lies!!!

    September 14, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  18. Eb Mens

    Wow...theY set the bar and went over it...I say again Republicans will be very surprise on election day.

    The fact is ...Obama "does not loose" take this from me on November 4.

    Right now we can all have fun with the polling but what you don't see about this guy is whatever got him here over Hillary is unseen and the only hardship. He's gone over anything than any President in the history of United State...take racial barrier, take muslem smear and on and on....this is not a ferrytale. It's REAL..ask Hillary.

    McCain-Palin...forget about Biden, Obama will landslide this election no how the energy on the other side is.

    The bad news for McCain is he pull ahead of Obama too quick...ask Hillary..the most formidable politition in America...but she feel by the wayside. Do not ever under-estimate this guy.

    I want to bet anyone anything.

    September 14, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  19. lol election

    I chipped in my $20 this month. This is what real campaigning is about. small donation from various supporters. Not only that, but he knows how to save money in his campaign.

    September 14, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  20. heather

    now THAT'S what i call a gop convention bounce!!!! thanks, palin, thanks, mccain - your lies and vile attacks will catapult decency, honor and change into the white house. i have another $1000 to give to obama/mccain. it's my investment in this country that i love so much and that republicans, if given the opportunity, will continue to try to destroy with war and poverty.

    September 14, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  21. John

    I was sitting on the fence till last week. McCain's below belt ads last week did it for me. The man only TALKS about honor. He is being handled by the same slimy Bush crowd. The country's future is at stake here. McCain MUST be defeated. For the first time in my life, I donated to a political campaign.

    September 14, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  22. Dee

    Both McCain and Palin have problem telling the truth!!!

    They both claim to be a Christians and they both tell lie after lie after lie even after the media exposes the lie they still continue to lie.

    Is this how they will run the White House?

    September 14, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  23. Sharon

    McCain/Palin – make him spend it all.

    September 14, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  24. PrObama

    Way to go everyone. I am so proud that we are uniting for a cause greater then ourselves and supporting the right candidate without race being an issue. This is the first time I am proud of my country.... Don't tell the republicans I said that though, they may try and hold it against me..

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 14, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  25. Puff

    Yes, go ahead and toss good money at the bad. Get off the kollade folks, this guy is a joke. The empty suit and his unpatriotic gorilla face wife will never make it to Pennsylvania Ave. HE IS A MUSLIM..... LAST WEEK HE REFERRED TO HIS MUSLIM FAITH.


    September 14, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
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