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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soundoff (1,007 Responses)
  1. heather

    naturally, i meant obama/palin

    September 14, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  2. OrlandoObama

    I am proud to say I was one of those new contributors and it will be my pleasure to contribute to the PEOPLE'S CAMPAIGN again in September and October! We have to elect Obama and keep McLIAR and Palin OUT of the Whitehouse!

    Obama-Biden 2008!

    September 14, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  3. Nija

    We live in a society where people believe lies rather than the truth. The lies of McCain/ Palin has stuck. Democrats, we have to come out enmase to vote otherwise we will have another 12 or maybe 16 years of Bush. Unfortunately the people they can convince are the poor people that do not have time to read the news because ,they are have two or three jobs. America, wake up, the time has come to stop all these lies.

    September 14, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  4. Mccain is Bush

    Go Obama We Will Send More this Month We Can Not Have Another Third Term!

    September 14, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  5. David

    More of VIEW thing.
    But i believe McCain will never be there.

    It ia hypocrite to say you are a conservative person and compare Obama to the one.

    It suprise me that those conservative didn't say anything at all.
    Shame to distortion of the truth.

    September 14, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  6. Beth

    Go Obama!! Keep up the good work

    September 14, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  7. Michele in Lake Ridge, VA

    Obama's fundraising shows that his supporters realize just how important it is for the Obama/Biden campaign the financial resources they need to fight back against the misleading and false advertising being aired by the McCain campaign and radical right wing organizations who will do anything to win. Claims made in political commercials should have to be verified before they are put on the air.

    September 14, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  8. Jo Jo

    I'm giving more money and also getting my sister to be one of those new donors! She hasn't yet but she will!!!! YA!!

    September 14, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  9. Jorge

    GIVE 'EM HELL, BARRY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 14, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  10. Chris Nebraska

    John McCain is a liar. And so is his running mate.

    I'm happy to send Obama more money. I think of myself as a member of the largest lobbying group in America: Americans for Truth, Americans for the Future.

    September 14, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  11. Ed, FL

    Time for change. While the media is being biased against Obama the american people take actions sending a clear message: 8 years is ENOUGH.

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

    I rhink it is great that he raised $66 million. With the kind of dishonorable campaign Senator McCain is running Senator Obama is going to need evenmore money to combat it. I hope that the voters seriously look at both sides and make an informed decision about who to vote for. I honestly mean it when I say that Senator McCain and Sarah Palin both scare me. I believe that there will be more wars than you can shake a stick at and thier will be huge amounts of vindictiveness & payback and both are scary.

    September 14, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  13. Becca

    It is a sad day when it costs so much money to fight lies, distortions, and smears. But "evil prevails when good men do nothing."

    The most encouraging thing about the Obama campaign is that it is run and paid for by the American people and not lobbyist and special interest groups. 2.5 million donors that give small donations...that's a HUGE statement. For the first time in a long time, it fells like regular Americans MATTER...that we have a chance to take back our country from those who exploit democracy for their own greedy gains and for power.

    And beyond all that....Obama/Biden are for the American people and their policies show that. So hopefully, people who want their voice to be heard will continue to give so the issues will be heard OVER all the lies, distortions, smears, and other garbage McCain/Palin wants the American public to hear...cause McCain/Palin have no new ideas and what they are pushing will NOT make America better or make the lives of the average American better.

    September 14, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  14. Florida For Obama

    8 years is enough! Let's keep it up Obama supporters! We are doing great!

    Obama/Biden 08!

    September 14, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  15. Leslie

    The reasons I am supporting Barack Obama:


    Bin Ladin has not been captured

    War in IRAQ that was fabricated lies by Bush/McCain

    4300+ Soldiers killed in Iraq war

    Real threat of McCain attacking Iran and Syria and Russia

    Fuel Prices through the roof

    Largest OIL COMPANY PROFITS in history

    Largest OIL COMPANY TAX GIVEAWAY in history

    Record Home Forclosures

    Record Unemployment

    630,000 jobs lost since Republicans took control

    Outsourcing of Jobs to foreign countries

    Food prices out of control

    Failing Education system

    Record number of people without Healthcare

    ONLY Major Country in the world without UNIVERSAL HEATHCARE

    Loss of Respect around the Globe

    Failing to recognize Global Warming



    September 14, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  16. Rave

    In a nutshell , Obama will the election over the nutcase McPain
    OBAMA / BIDEN (2008 -16)

    September 14, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  17. Belle2

    Yes we can-see how badly the Obama fans are hurting from the poor economy and high gas prices.

    September 14, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  18. Ms Wright

    I am on my computer now giving $25 more

    If it would help get this man elected!!

    The country cannot afford 4 more years of the Scary, Sleazy Duo Mccain'Palin

    Obama/Biden 08'12

    September 14, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  19. PUMBU


    September 14, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  20. Leviathan the Winner

    Great news! Campaigns are all about marketing.

    Sell the story, debunk the lies,
    Sell the dream, let the people decide!

    Obama / Biden '08-'16!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 14, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  21. CCL



    September 14, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  22. jason,tx

    Yeah. This is why I don't trust the polls. It makes no sense. There are so many people giving to Obama and the polls don't seem to reflect that. COME ONE PEOPLE! QUIT WITH THE MCSAME AND SHAMLIN SUPPORT! They are very very bad for our country.

    September 14, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  23. susie

    Hollywood really came through for Obama for the month of August.

    September 14, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  24. Rodger

    Yes we can! twice a month for me!

    September 14, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  25. Didier

    McCain/Palin will not be four more years of Bush. It will be worse. Not even Bush/Cheney resorted to telling bald face lies. "Pork Barrel" Palin is no reformer. She has fed at the federal trough her entire political career and fires anyone who gets in her way. I used to respect McCain. He is a genuine war hero and used to be a maverick. But, he's surrendered to the far right of the Republican Party and has sold his soul to Karl Rove tactics of Lie, Lie, Lie about yourself and your opponent. McCain and Palin are for "change" alright. Whatever "change" you have in your pockets to feed their pork barrel friends, big energy, and their family members and cronies. American, as Senator Obama said, this isn't about him, it's about you. It's not so much the man as it is the message. If you want real change. If you are tired of growing deficits, imprudent international adventurism, and lies, lies, lies, vote for Obama/Biden.

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