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. Kurt from PA

    Dems are stuck in the fix they rigged:

    Are you seriously even paying attention to this election season?

    September 14, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  2. Sterling Mind

    Obama for president ? You re kidding me...The guy would make a great bartender, with his style and record. Experience aside, he is an empty suit- can hardly be taked seriously. For all his money, he s just not electable. Three weeks from now, he ll be behind in the polls around 12 points. Mark my word !

    September 14, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  3. Roslyn in Canada

    Wake up people and let America get back the respect that it deserves from the outside world. Vote Obama/Biden

    September 14, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  4. Lauren

    As a public school teacher, I could barely scrape together $25 after paying my living expenses, student loan bills, and gas tank fill-ups, but I found the $25. Like someone said here earlier, I saw it as an investment in my future. My future can't afford people in the White House who think it's "perhaps so" necessary to go to war with Russia. Um, hello?! We are way too over-extended in other countries that our own is crumbling from within.

    And to anyone bitter about Hillary not being the Dem candidate for Pres or VP...
    Remember, Obama doesn't campaign low-down and nasty like McCain. During the primary season, she was not as vulnerable as she would be in the general election season. Obama didn't throw sucker punches at her or campaign the sleazy Republican way. I love Hillary Clinton, but the Clintons have some baggage. The Republicans would've thrown so much sleaze our way.... She wouldn't have won. Please stop being bitter and vote Obama. If you believe what Hillary Clinton stands for, he'll represent your interests, too. Will McCain? Ummmmm....NO!

    he Republican's would've gotten down and dirty. It unfortunately would've endagered this election entirely.

    September 14, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  5. brenda

    Obama will win this fall because not just them Dems are voteing for him but there those like myself a Registerd Republican who will also vote him in. There are Republicans who are not in love with either McCain or his running mate. We are for the issues and not the bullshi! I'm not voteing for anyone who has to hide behide shirt tails of his running mate.

    September 14, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  6. pittpa

    That is a msg to karl Rovel and his tactic or predictions.I guess he didnt see that coming. Americans are reading the headlines every second and they know what is at stake. McCain covered his moose hunter with a polar bear skin, but now the headline says "the moose hunter is under sniper fire!"

    September 14, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  7. Betsy

    I am constantly amazed at how easily the "polls" influence people. I never get called and I am a white, middle-aged woman who is an independent. I wonder how many others like me, who would never vote for the president because of who his vice-president is, don't get called. I don't believe these 500,000 new contributors get called either; the fundraising, the sheer number of new democrats is not reflected in the polls, because the pollsters don't think they'll come out and vote. They are not part of the undecideds, the likely voters, or the registered voters.
    The role of the media is also confusing to me. They are willing to report on lies, but wait much too late, to write that they are lies, a la Bridge to Nowhere.
    Enough is enough!!!

    September 14, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  8. Laura

    I love how people are saying that McCain's war injuries are what keeps him from using a computer. Please! I know a CNA at a nursing home where an 80 year old woman who's hands are so bad that she can't open them because it hurts her to bad when she does that uses her computer by tapping with a pencil. She's and avid internet surfer and loves to play internet games. Stop making excuses!

    September 14, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  9. McCain/Palin

    The people supporting McCain are American people, the people who supported Hillary were American people, do the Obama supporters now think they speak for all the American people??? I don't think sooooo.........

    September 14, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  10. Garrison, Tukwila, WA

    Dear everyone who reads this,

    Please go watch Obama's speech at this year's convention. You can look it up on YouTube, and the C-SPAN one is in full - the others are segmented. Please watch it if you haven't already, and then tell me that Obama is a farce and doesn't have a vision of change. You'd be crazy if you could.

    He's not too far to the left; he's just what this nation needs right now!

    If you have doubts about his plan, PLEASE go watch this. Otherwise you will just be another uninformed voter. And to be fair, go ahead and watch McCain's, but while you're at it, watch the rest of the Republican speeches and see the difference.

    If you're not convinced, then I guess we have to agree to disagree.

    September 14, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  11. Maggie From Virginia

    Rachielle From Virginia,

    You are exactly right... The only problem is that the people you are talking about are not intelligent or sophisticated enough to perform any research of their own. The majority of them get their information from TV and Radio shows or commercials. Unfortunately for the Obama campaign there's millions of these people.

    We must remember that it was the American people that re-elected President Bush. As a fellow Obama supporter, I beg each and every donor of the Obama campaign to do more than just send money. Volunteer your time to get Barack Obama elected the next President of the United States.

    September 14, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  12. Sage

    @SP Jacob...hehehehehehehe, did you make that up, like every thing Bush/McCain/Palin make up? Electoral votes, Obama 243 McCain do the math

    September 14, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  13. Carl from MI

    The people of this great nation are rallying behind Obama... I smell a landslide this November!! Time to say goodbye to the Culture of Corruption of the Republican Party... Finally!!!


    September 14, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  14. S Callahan

    I don't believe Obama is prophet but I do believe that God's hand is on him because he like most decent people want a world of peace and love of brotherhood as God demands.

    September 14, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  15. jim leyland VA

    I know more about the real issues than McCain does, but then again, this election is not about the issues.

    September 14, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  16. Texans for Obama

    I really don't believe the polls. I think they are calling conservative Republicans and thats how these poll numbers are rising for McCain. Obama/Biden is going to win this election. No person in their right mind wants to continue this economic downslide we are in and it is going to get worse especially with this hurricane that just came through Texas that is going to affect oil prices, and food prices even more.

    If McCain was going to make change he would have done this by now he has been in the senate for over 26 yrs. Why would he all of a sudden change now? This woman Palin, is a heartbeat from the presidency and it scares the daylights out of me, just the idea of being commander in chief. McCain did not put Country first in his pick, only his political career, and boost the Republican brand.

    This is not change. He is endangering our lives by putting this woman on his ticket. Obama will bring in more money at the end of Sept. You can bet on that. Americans are not stupid especially us women and we do not want a puppet for President or Vice President!

    September 14, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  17. Clint Malarchuk, Buffalo, NY

    The Obamabot Revolution:

    Full of sound and fury, signifying failure.

    September 14, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  18. Raymond Duke

    Yes as an american that is what I want a canadian telling America we need Obama. A country that does not even have an Army big enough to protect itself and would already been taken over except for it being under the U. S umbrella of protection. Yes we americans love for the rest of the world to tell us we should vote for Obama. We could all become socialist like most of Europe and become weakneed like them. I no why Africa and the middleastern countrys want Obama. It is Obvious with him stating he will give Africa 800 Billion dollars of U >S. taxpayers money and the middle eastern muslim countrys would love for one of their kind to be elected. Where do you think he is getting all this money. Most of it being handed out by Farrakkun Muslim followers for individual donations . You know Farrakkun the one that hates America and wants to take a state ans succeed from the United States . I think Maryland since it is so liberal or Illinios would be just fine.

    September 14, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  19. john from kansas

    Come on Americans, keep fighting for the real change we need!! Obama has a plan for America, and I respect the fact he says it won't be easy. Does anyone believe we can dig out of our crisises without some discomfort? McCain says he wants all Americans to be rich, with no sacrifices. No plans, just continue with the plan for the last 8 years, and we'll all be rich!!! Don't even get me started on Ms. Palin. McCain is counting on the ignorance of the American people.

    An interesting fact we need to really hit hard on, according to a BBC poll, a vast majority of world citizens want to see Barack Obama as our next president. We must improve our standing in the world. Obama wants to take us back to where we once were, leaders in the world, leading with our ingenuity. Obama will lead us to new visions on energy. The United States has led the world on innovation, we can do it again. Come on CNN do a story on the BBC's world poll!!!!!

    September 14, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  20. Jim

    to the comment from 'a house divided'.

    Sure, all the money raised by Obama being spent on the campaign may seem like a waste of money, but remember this is money staying inside the US. The campaign money spent is income for someone else which is spent, and so on and so forth. The money being funneled to Iraq isn't. Just a comparison.

    Yes, Obama should be a shoe in. But there is the fact that the American public is gullable and easily falls prey to fear mongering, and the GOP are pros at taking advantage of that.

    If Hillary was the pick she'd be having just as hard a time. She probably would have snubbed Obama for VP as well, and nowing the GOP they would have picked a minority as the VP pick. Then we'd be see the same thing, they'd claim any attack on the VP was racist.

    September 14, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  21. Please Listen

    To all the Republicons

    You can not think what MCNostraighttalk and Paliar is what is good for this country. You must understand the Republicons rather show that they are racist instead of sticking with the issues. Just listen to why they are voting for them its all personal it has nothing to do with the issues just look at this blog no one that is voting for them not one is talking issues.

    September 14, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  22. Carl from MI

    Hey Sarah McCarthy... any famous relatives in the communist-hunting business??


    September 14, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  23. Still Believe her?

    TO………….A house divided and the rest of the REPUBLicans pretending to be Democrats September 14th, 2008 9:59 am ET….At least we the American people HAD a say so on how much money WE send to Obama CAMPAIGN. They are to stop those lies in ads that McCain approves and the LIES that Palin spits out at every town she speak in. Can you say the same about Palin and she isn’t even in the White House yet?
    ………..In separate filings, the state was billed about $25,000 for Palin's daughters' and her husband's travel flights expenses. Palin's daughter's topped the list for the most expensive items, and the daughter whose bill was the highest are as follows:
    1. Piper, 7, whose flights cost nearly $11,000
    2. Willow, 14, claimed about $6,000
    3. Bristol, 17, accounted for about $3,400
    4. Palin's HUSBAND, accounted for about $19,000
    5. Gov. Palin herself charged YOU, three nights in a $707-a-day hotel room.
    6. 312 nights spent in her OWN HOME during the first 19 months of being in office! 19 MONTHS!!! YOU are paying for Gov. Palin to stay in her own home
    Gov. Palin also moved her entire family to capital for the entire Legislative Session last year, but she preferred to stay in Wasilla and drove 45 miles to Anchorage to the State Capital Buildings………………….the state paid for three nights in a $707-a-day hotel room. Garnero said the governor's office has the authority to approve hotel stays above $300. McCain claimed Gov. Palin did not take Earmarks while Governor. That has been proven from her own Governor's Office to be not true. She got $259 million in Earmarks. So WHO will she STOP from waste spending. HERSELF?

    September 14, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  24. Independent in Texas for Obama

    I believe there is a clear choice in this election. Obama/Biden '08!

    This team has a clear vision for America and the American people. I have never, in my lifetime, seen such a refreshing pair of candidates. Both Obama and Biden are genuine, humble, honest, and truly believe ALL AMERICANS deserve better.

    I'm one of the 500,000 new donors! I donated to a political campaign for the first time in my life. Every time McCain launches a despicable ad with more lies, I will donate more.

    I hope that Americans will pay attention to the issues and not just the smears and lies. If so, I think they will realize that Obama/Biden '08 are the better choice for America.

    September 14, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
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