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. Isabelle

    Gave my first donation to Obama and proud of it!!!!!

    We ABSOLUTELY CANNOT let McShame & Palin win.

    "Country first"??? by picking a small town mayor and govenor of a far flung state who is married to a man who belongs to the Alaskan Independence Party and who herself supports the AIP? The country will be less one state if Palin and her husband had their way.

    "Change"???? Isn't that PLAGIARISM???

    How can a 72 year old who refused to learn about Economics in the entire time he was a senator (nearly 3 decades) bring "change"????

    How can someone who refuses to understand how a computer and email works when even children are proficient in sending emails and using the computer bring about "change"????

    Must be "change" from being a progressive society to a regressive one.

    No way, no how, no McCain-Palin!!!!

    September 14, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  2. mai

    Well done DEMOCRATS!!!!.

    September 14, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  3. jt

    Obama will not win with all this money.

    No record, no military service, no prisidency for Obama.

    September 14, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  4. Steve

    My 25.00 went for a good cause. Way to go democrats!



    September 14, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  5. Nico Sciscente

    I also contributed my 25.00 over the total contribution so far........$225.00........and I don't even live in the States.....though my sis, godchild and nephew do......Let's go Ohio and North and contribute to the Obama campaign and real change you can believe in, not the McShame/McPain lie filled crap!!!!!!!!

    September 14, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  6. Obama/Biden 08!

    I was one of the new donors who helped raise the 10 million during and after Palin's acceptance speech. A speech which totally disgusted me and made me realize this country is DOOMED if Mcsleaze and Palin are elected. I'll give again to Obama to make sure Mcsleaze has no TV ad time available to him. Who wants to turn the tube on and hear lies, distortions and a 72 year old man whining Palin's a victim?? If she can't play with the big boys then she should go back to Wasilla!!

    Obama/Biden 08!

    September 14, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  7. Riaz

    Impressive !!!
    Very impressive that the number of lobbyist contributed – ZERO ???!!!

    But you cant win the election by the $$.. Hope they will convince independents like me; they must address why independents are considering Nader around 3-5% in each state instead focusing on Palin !!!

    September 14, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  8. obama / biden 2008

    repugnats may have more money, but

    democrats have MORE VOTES!

    deal with it, LOLOL

    September 14, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  9. tigerakabj

    I am about to send another $30 to the Obama campaign. Obama was wrong. McCain is not the same as Bush; he is worse. His judgment in picking a running mate signaled to me and many others that he doesn't think before he makes decisions and lacks the necessary judgment to move this country in the right direction.

    Obama/Biden 2008/2012.

    September 14, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  10. Tom, IL

    To Sarah McCarthy:

    Yes, the heat that is causing global warming originates from the sun. The CO2 causes a little something called the "greenhouse effect." This "greenhouse effect" traps heat close to the earth. This causes average temperatures to rise globally...thus global warming. Besides, what scientists are you talking to? Moose-hunting yokel Palin? I'm sure she's really taken the time to research global warming between selling planes on eBay, trying to kill the Bridge to Nowhere, and recently learning of issues the affect the lower 48 for her run for the White House.

    I can't believe that my fellow Americans can be swayed when so much evidence is readily available.

    September 14, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  11. Sarah Is Still Failin

    Remember Al Gore's chances were stolen by 537 votes in 2000. This is the last stretch. Call your 866 675-2008 and sign up for a phone bank to make calls for Obama/Biden.

    The states we are calling are Virginia, Colorado, Ohio, and others.

    Let's get busy people.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 14, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  12. Kenneth in NC

    THANK YOU John McCain and S. Palin for helping to further energize the democratic base.

    The feel good democratic convention, while historic and dramatic, kind of lulled the democrats asleep making them think they had this election in the bag. The shrill and clueless voice of Palin however has woke up and enraged the democrats in a way McCain't never could.

    THANKS TO PALIN, the democrats have a much better shot at this election than they thought.

    September 14, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  13. Woman voter from VA

    Respectfully to Delegates, and other superdelegates:

    It is obvious the American people are struggling and you have the power to save us from our daily struggles. I want you to seriously consider what a vote against the wishes of American people with do for our economy and the way we are viewed by the rest of the world.

    If you don't vote for Americans then vote for yourselves. No one will reelect you if your vote goes with McCain. Something to seriously pray on before your cast your support. "Deliver us from evil..." We can't afford anymore lies and proverty. It is killing us! Please stand up for us.

    Enough is enough.
    Obama/Biden (the people's choice)

    September 14, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  14. TheTruthHurts

    We're pissed and we can't believe the American population would once again be duped by this stupid idea of a culture war. We will do WHATEVER is necessary to make sure that doesn't happen. Fundraising, phonebanking, traveling to battleground states, driving people to the polls. WHATEVER it takes, but most importantly - TELLING THE TRUTH.

    September 14, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  15. Crystal

    I donated $10 and I plan on donating more!

    And in reference to the person who thinks Obama should donate the money he's raised to poor people, tell Cindy McCain to donate her $300,000 outfit first and then we'll talk.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08!!!

    September 14, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  16. Reality

    Most Americans know that social, fiscal, and economic issues are primarily the result of congressional action. Which is why our Democratic congress has the WORST APPROVAL RATING IN RECORDED HISTORY. That is what the obamabots want Americans to forget.

    8 years of Bush completely ruined America in foreign relations and military management. Our next President needs to fix that, while keeping America's interests at heart.

    Obama promised to use public campaign financing which is an invention of Democrats to ensure fair and balanced elections based on the issues. It was designed by Democrats to PREVENT one party from simply OUT SPENDING the other.

    Why is this article a celebration. TRUE DEMOCRATS EVERY WHERE should condemn this for what it is: DISGRACEFUL PANDERING FOR CASH THAT WILL BE USED TO RUN A DECEITFUL CAMPAIGN.

    September 14, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  17. Sarah Is Still Failin Badly

    If you want to vote for McCain, go back and listen to Sarah's interview. It was disatrous. Does she really think having a foreign policy experience means you can "see" Russia from Alaska.

    She is not ready, she is not ready, she is not ready.

    LOL, I loved her face when she tried to remember her script, and started raising her hand before Charlie finished the question because she didn't want to forget her lines.

    She's a puppet and she needs to stay in Alaska.

    September 14, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  18. Abby

    I gave $50 this month, I'll give $50 more next month. I've also bought stickers, a t-shirt and a bumper sticker and pins over the run of the campaign.

    Go Obama! What a blow out! Yay!

    September 14, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  19. Rob

    after 26 years McCain is no change agent–he's more of the same old thing–he'll continue Bush's bad politics

    September 14, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  20. Daniel

    I 'm one of 500.000 new donors .I don't like to give money to politicians but this is serious ,if Mc Cain win we are done as a nation , it broke my heart to see the financional trouble we are right now .

    September 14, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  21. Cathy

    Everyday that goes by the truth of McCain's horrible VP pick is coming out. McCain camp has presented Palin on ALL LIES!!!! I only blame Palin for letting herself be a tool in Republican/McCain's kitchen sink attempt to become President. I feel a little sorry for Palin that she is being used...but I feel more sorry for the people that are falling for it. But I will feel most sorry for all of America if to many people fall for McCain/Karl Rove tactics and somehow win in November.

    McCain has made a mockery out of this election with his VP pick and the world is laughing at America that we are more worried about Palin's footwear and eye wear then the US economy, US healthcare and Iraq war.

    WAKE UP AMERICA,,,,and elect Obama/Biden!!!!!

    September 14, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  22. Wake up, America!

    I thought the evil duo of Bush Cheney could simply not get any scarier or more cartoonish. McCain/Palin actually makes our current administration look somewhat respectable. I cannot believe half of our country could fall for this type of blatant, nefarious pandering. It's like the GOP has roofied half of the population and now they're nothing but mindless, drilling-loving, souless zombies. McCain/Palin: the savoirs of the "Head On! Apply Directly to the Forehead Head On! Apply Directly to the Forehead!" crowd.

    September 14, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  23. Tom in Delaware

    So much for Campaign Finance Reform, eh Barack?!?

    I guess if our economy wasn't in the shambles that you make it out to be, you'd have raised 500 Million in a month.

    This is a Democrat who can waste money like no other before him.

    ALL THIS CASH and you're still slipping away a little futher each day in the polls, as the American Public begins to see the real you.

    Hears a heads up. you BIG BABY, the Americans have never voted a 'Victim' to be their poor little

    McCain Palin '08

    September 14, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |

    ┬╗Governor Sarah Palin!...Sarah Palin!...Palin!...┬╗I LOVE YOU!...This wonderful,smart,very capable Lady is our next Vice-President. YES!

    September 14, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  25. obama / biden 2008

    aside from donating as much more as i can until november,

    I pledge to do the following:

    1) I'll drive any democrat or independent who support obama / biden

    to the polling place on the election day, and

    2) give BIG "GOOD JOB" DISCOUNT to our customers who have voted for the democratic ticket!

    September 14, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
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