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. Careen

    I was part of that effort and brought in 3 of those new donors. McCain's choice of VP has certainly galvanized this voter – into making sure that he and Caribou Barbie never make it to the White House

    September 14, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  2. Jan

    why don't you Socialist Canadians concentrate on your own election which happens in October? Do you realize that your conservative candidate is ahead by almost a landslide? Maybe you should send some of your comments to your own candidates and try to smear them! AHA–not as much free speech in Canada, eh? Seems like most Canadians are tired of the high taxes and government run EVERYTHING!

    September 14, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  3. Anonymous


    September 14, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  4. Xango 08 & 12

    Yes I just gave him again for the second time..

    we need to make sure our future and the future of our chidren adn their children is secure

    we can not afford more war
    no more wars
    no more uneducated children
    no more cuts to social security
    no more mortage fraud
    no more veterans without finantial, social help, and without treatmetn, homes, money
    no more kitchen sink strategies from mcbush
    no more guantanamos
    no more made up nuclear weapons on the hands of rich oil countries
    no more cold wars
    no more bulldogs, bullies and pigs with lipstick
    no more lies
    no more republicans
    no more racism
    no more sexism
    no more karl rove, or hennedy or limbaugh they are the worst of the worst of human hatred
    no more defense spending
    no more 5%only wealthy in this country
    no more dynasties
    no more liars like Palin and Mcbush
    no more of the mcsame

    please VOTE and put your children and your future in the hands of someone who will take us far..

    September 14, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  5. Supports LIES anyway

    ATTN: Paul September 14th, 2008 11:43 am ET.............Supports LIES anyway

    September 14, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  6. Amy

    I don't t believe the polls that say Obama and McCain are dead even. The old polling methods don't account for all of the people who don't use land lines anymore, and they don't take into account all of the newly registered voters. That makes it seem like McCain is pulling in closer than he actually is. Not to mention Obama's still way ahead in the electoral count, the only one that matters. I think he's going to win big in November. Say it with me, folks..."Enough!"

    PS-I'm tired of hearing about Palin outshining Joe Biden. So untrue. Keep at it Joe, we love ya!

    Obama-Biden '08

    September 14, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  7. jakarason

    I just send $ 50 and i want to be part of this Campaign, Go baby be tough i'm with you and i will give more. You were born to lead i will pray for you i want from you is Difine Mcsame be very aggressive we have enjoy more despite the economic of Bush

    September 14, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  8. PJ, New York Independent

    Lily fom MD-

    You are obviously just a far left, liberal, kool-aid drinking fool.

    Sarah McCarthy is right, you are wrong.

    September 14, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  9. Observer

    Forgot to post another question with my comment..............
    Since Obama is raising all sorts of money, where is it really going towards? In the last month I have only seen 2 short ads on tv. Also, I've only seen his ad on and YouTube. Maybe I am expecting more, but I keep having this nagging feeling that money is being raised and lots of it is wasted on something we are not aware of. If anyone were to send money, how about asking Obama campaign to publish a spending sheet on where the money is going?

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

    I think things through and I do not want to defer what women did for us future generations of women. Voting for McCain and Palin will put us back to what we were several years ago.

    Obama & Biden 08

    September 14, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  11. undecided independent

    I would love to get the totals of your average $$ spent on presidential campaigns versus THIS campaign season .....And why is it these two power-hungry men can fnd the ambition to raise this money for themselves but NOT for cancer research, fighting AIDS in Africa or fighting child abuse in America ????
    Undecided in Springfield, MA

    September 14, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  12. If U enjoyed the failure of Jimmy Carter, you'll LOVE Obama

    Another completely unprepared wannabe......The Chosen One

    Hillary 2012

    September 14, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  13. jerry

    I am one of the " new" contributors to the Obama campaign and the ONLY reason was the choice of Palin for VP What a joke!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 14, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  14. Kevin,FL

    Obama/Biden 207 -McCain/Palin 227 McCain leads Obama in EV {RCP} this is shaping up as another lost election for the Democrats

    September 14, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  15. Joe

    Sent $25 Last month... Will send $25 this month... it's just a good investment

    Obama/Biden 2008

    September 14, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  16. Pat from Cali

    Yes, we can fight the good fight.

    The Republican base would rather elect an unknown than let Sarah talk to the press.

    The American people are not excited about her. This election is now officially a joke.

    Palin wants to attack Russia. WHAT? This is not a sexist comment.

    September 14, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  17. Tom in NC

    These millions aren't coming from you shallow thinking liberal peons. They're coming from George Soros. He can control America through Obama who has never had an original thought in his life (name one!). In the very unlikely event that Obama and Biden (so much for being a Washington outsider) are elected we can start marking off the days. The USA will not survive as a socialist state.

    September 14, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  18. Mike, Los Angeles

    I'm sending my next $100 to Obama on Friday when I get my pay check. We've hard enough of Republican terrorism. With the VP pick of empty shell, Palin, these Repubs have no love for this country but think only of political opportunism and I'm sick and tired of it. Palin has no clue how this country and the world, for that matter, work. Her answers to Charles Gibson interview were just crappy. We need intelligence in the White House.
    Obama is the President-in-waiting!

    September 14, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  19. razy

    To Sarah McCarthy,

    I'm led to believe that you either support Sara Palin and McCain because of your first name or you simply do not get it. This tells me you are very shallow and an illeterate. Let me educate you:

    since you are so thick, I take it you have not heard of THE GREENHOUSE EFFECT. Global warming is caused by increase in the atmosphere of greenhouse gas concentrations like water vapour, methane gas, CO2, and ozone(O3). These gases are mainly produced by Human activities like burning of fossil fuels (gasoline), emmission from air planes,deforestation, aerosols etc etc etc

    Obama knows and understands these things. Maybe you should question Sarah Palin who believes Alaska will be a safe Haven when this world comes to an end. How ironic, because the ice in Alaska would have melted before then.

    Also be corrected, OBAMA has not blamed global warming on the carbon composition of humans. He went to Harvard. He is reliably informed.

    September 14, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  20. Realist

    Really sad to read the comments to stories about the political scene and see people "taken in" by Obama's "tax the rich" and "tax business" ponzi schemes.

    Are a lot of you people really so clueless that you don't understand how much your cost of living will go up when Obama's business taxes kick in?

    Economics 101 – When business expenses go up, what do businesses do? 1) Cut back; 2) layoff employees; 3) increase the prices they charge. How many of you will benefit when one, two or all of the above happen? Have you even thought about that or are you too taken in by the "Hollywood" candidate?

    Oh, wait a minute....liberals will be protected from all this.

    September 14, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  21. park more

    He could help poor people with that money...... Waisting too much..... Anyway as democrat we will vote for McCain/Palin ticket and hope to see Hillary next time

    Noooooooooooooooooooooo Obama and Michelle

    September 14, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  22. svillarreal

    Yeah! Keep up the pace Obama/Biden supporters....we don't have long to go!

    September 14, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  23. Carol

    John McCain promised a clean no sleaze campaign and see what it has turned into.......out and out lies.....way to go Mr Country First McCain!!!
    Both McCain and Palin have been proved over and over again that they are both bold faced liars!!!!!
    Do you as sensible American's really want to put this shameful pair in the White House????
    Sarah Palin is not running for a school principle position, though some may say that is quite enough for her......this is a very serious job
    and we cannot, cannot let this woman alongside and I quote "my running mate" (who excactly is running for President here) get anywhere near the White House.
    Vote Obama/Biden in Nov if you really really believe in this country and want things to change.
    McCain/Palin slogan COUNTRY FIRST, yes, get us there at all costs and we'll worry about the country later!!!!!!!!!!!!! What a joke they both are!!!

    September 14, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  24. Karola

    GO OBAMA! I can't wait to see him in the white house...I'm having a baby girl in November and her future is looking bright!

    September 14, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  25. Lisa

    The Obama campaign is continually sending out e-mails to supporters with desperate messages to scare people into donating all that they can.

    September 14, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
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