September 14th, 2008
10:30 AM ET
6 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. DGW

    Go Obama!!

    This whole Palin issue has galvanized the Democratic base like never before, they needed a shake up! All the talk has been about the Repub base, well the Dem base has been going about it's business and showed it in dollars and cents.
    Great numbers.

    September 14, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  2. wiser

    Money can not buy a resume with experience. America is not fooled by lofty rhetoric.

    Senator Obama's pride and ego will ultimately keep him from his presidential quest.

    Senator Hillary Clinton and her 18 million supporters would have been a slam dunk for Senator Obama. He has shown poor judgment!

    Democrats for McCain!

    September 14, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  3. Girl in the South

    Glad to be apart of that 66 million.

    September 14, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  4. Dave in Chicago

    Good thing he's not limited by that silly public financing law he once promised to use.

    September 14, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  5. JOfromATLforObamaBiden

    What? THis is great!! can't wait to kick McLies/Superkillers butt!!

    September 14, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  6. Janice Il

    Tell us where this money came from. Lets see a list of the donors. What happens to this money, besides the waste that we see spent on this election. You could stand on any street corner in the United States with a bucket for breast cancer, firefighters, police support, local schools and these same people that are donating to these elections wouldn't give you a nickle or a look.

    September 14, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  7. Elated

    I am going to keep contributing until we win the election. We have to keep the republicans out. Sarah is no Hillary Clinton!!!

    September 14, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  8. seems people have plenty of cash to throw away...

    so why is the economy an issue??????

    September 14, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  9. Timmy Coffee

    Liar, dammed liar and Daddy of all Liars un-American John S. McCain. Blatant racists Gary Bauer and James Dobson put on their white robes and have come out swinging. Enough …the real silent majority, Americans who respect and actually practice Christian values will not accept McCain and the religious bigot he has chosen as his vice-presidential candidate.

    September 14, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  10. 57 years old white fem 4 Obama

    And so proud to know that $200 of that are mine!! Obama will win and Sarah's lies will come to surface!

    Obama/Biden 08!!

    September 14, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  11. joe_pa

    What is stunning is that considering how much money he's raised he's behind in the race. I guess money can't buy elections.

    September 14, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  12. annick, MD

    YEAAAAAAAAAAAHHH!!!
    We are Barack's lobbyyists

    September 14, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  13. Christine MI

    I just sent mine!!!!

    September 14, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  14. S. Boatman

    Thank You Obama Supporters! For All Of You That Put Your Money Where Your Mouths Are I Say Thank You! Our Donations Will Help Take Back The White House For The People!

    September 14, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  15. sonnyboy

    BEING A SUPPORTER OF OBAMA FROM DAY ONE I AM FINDING IT VERY HARD RECENTLY TO CONTINUE TO HEAR THAT THE CAMPAIGN CONTINUES TO RAISE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS  BUT IS LAGING IN THE POLLS.  WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON?  IT'S TIME THE CAMPAIGN GET OFF THE BEING NICE GUYS AND START ATTACKING.  I DON'T NECESSARY BELIIEVE THIS IS THE RIGHT WAY BUT AT THIS POINT IT APPEARS THAT IT IS THE ONLY WAY.  IF WE HAVE TO NEGATIVELY ATTACK PALIN THEN SO BE IT. FORGET ABOUT THE SEXIST ATTITUDE SOME PEOPLE HAVE. LET'S GO OUT AND SHOW THAT OBAMA IS THE RIGHT MAN FOR THE JOB. AS BARAK SAID "ENOUGH IS ENOUGH"

    September 14, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  16. MO GOP

    I have never donated to an actual political campaign before, but after hearing lie after lie from the Republican Party, and McCain actually stating that his ads aren't lies. I have donated money to the Obama campaign. By the way, I am a Republican. McCain has no more honor and I cannot vote for a man that has no integrity.

    Obama-Biden 08!

    September 14, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  17. Mr Republican

    Looks like the lobbyists are really throwing money at these guys.

    September 14, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  18. H

    ALL I CAN SAY THERE ARE A LOT OF NAIVE PEOPLE TO BELIEVE THIS MAN WILL DO ANYTHING. THE ONE THING HE WILL DO IS BUY THE VOTES TO WIN INSTEAD OF EARNING THEM.

    September 14, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  19. Abt

    All those $$$ could be going somewhere useful like healthcare or education. Instead, we all get to watch hateful TV commercials. Great job!

    September 14, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  20. Rick in MD

    Way to go...I gave, did u? We need all the help we can get to refute the negativity of the Republicans. Yes we can!!! Ready to go...Fired up!!! Change we can believe in and NEED.

    September 14, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  21. B

    Wait 'til you see October numbers.

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 14, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  22. omg

    who cares!

    September 14, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  23. larry

    where back :)

    September 14, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  24. Fraser

    Way to go, Obama supporters. Let's take our country back! No more Bush, no more Cheney, no more Rove, no more McCain and no more Palin.

    September 14, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  25. Chinedu

    Fantastic! This shows the "change" that American believe in! Not lies, lipstick, pigs and smears.

    September 14, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
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