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. BJGT

    GREAT NEWS!! Every time Sarah opens her yap I donate more!

    September 14, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  2. Not as stupid as McCain/Palin think I am

    Go Obama and America!

    September 14, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  3. moderate conservitive

    Good now I can send in my money and help break next months record. We can then use it against the sleasy turned honorless McCain and his sad ads.

    How low you have sunk McCain, you say you would rather loose a race instead of loose a war. What about loosing your honor and your soul... just sad really I thought you had a spine of steal not slime.

    You insult our country with the lipstick ad and thats just the latest. You diminish real sexism in this country. Using Sarah Palin as a victim, crying foul at every turn. Saying Barack and Biden should be ashamed when neither have said anything to insult Palin. This will not work. Not this time. We know better. We dont want lies. You just flat out lie in your ads. Already lying to the American people shame McCain.

    SHAME McCAIN! SHAME McCAIN! SHAME McCAIN! SHAME McCAIN! SHAME McCAIN! SHAME McCAIN! SHAME McCAIN!

    Thats it I'm voting for Obama who at least has morals and honor in this race, Biden just about brought me in as he is gold all by himself.

    Look out Sarah Barracuda here comes Joey the Shark see what happens if you try and match wits with him. Im going to love to see this.

    Dont fall for the tricks... I know how I used to make them work.... As no one crys louder then a Republican. Democrats do cry about being wronged but Replublicans cry for the sake of crying. Fake tears wont cut it this time as we move this country forward toward the future. Dont try and scare use as we are Americans and are never scared we just get overly angry. The world is and will always be a dangerous place does that mean we have to keep a war president in office forever? Real backbone is to know when not to use power. To be big about it to know we are better then that and that is why people look up to us. or used to anyway... they will agian starting Nov 4th.

    September 14, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  4. Anonymous

    And if I could I would give his campaign $100,000,000 dollars to defeat the REPUBLICANS and all the LIARS that this part represents. ANOTHER FOUR MORE YEARS OF BUS/MCCAIN/PALIN IS A DISASTER THAT AMERICAN CANNOT AFFORD.

    LIARS..ALL OF THEM...

    September 14, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  5. PA Voter

    Enough is enough!

    Obama-Biden 08

    September 14, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  6. PAposter

    This month $100M, and you can take that to the bank.

    Go Obama and Biden

    We got this!

    September 14, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  7. Charlie in Gainesville

    People are scared of what they see on the GOP ticket! Should be, too!

    September 14, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  8. Joe Regis

    The people are making history and we are sprinting to the finish line with victory. Yes we can and we will win big.

    Obama/Biden 08/12.

    September 14, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  9. Anonymous

    We're just getting started.

    September 14, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  10. Dan in Sacramento, CA

    Looks like my $25 multiplied.

    September 14, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  11. Lone Star Wolf

    CNN PLEASE POST THIS:

    WHY DO YOU THINK RAISING ALL THIS MONEY IS NEWSWORTHY. IT STILL DOES NOT EXPLAIN WHY YOU WHILE ON YOURS AND HILLARY'S SECOND DEBATE IN THE PRIMARIES YOU AND EDWARDS ATTACKED HILLARY WITH SUCH NEGATIVE CAMPAIGN TACTICS. NOW YOU ARE PUTTING OUT ADS IN EVERY MANNER THAT IS DISGUSTING AS CALLING McCAIN AN OLD MAN AND UNFIT FOR PRESIDENT AND THAT THIS IS THE DIRTIEST CAMPAIGN EVER. YES IT IS ALL BECAUSE OF YOU. YOU DIVIDED THE DEMOCRAT PARTY TO WHERE IT WILL NEVER BE EFFECTIVE AGAIN. IT IS YOU WHO STARTED ALL THE NEGATIVE CAMPAIGNING. YOU SAY YOU ARE A MAN OF CHANGE BUT QUICKLY YOU LATCHED ON TO THE WORST DRUNK 9KOPECKNE & CHAPPACNICK) IN WASHINGTON TED KENNEDY. YOUR GONNA CHANGE OLD WASHINGTON I SAY YOU ARE FULL OF HOT AIR. IT IS McCAIN AND PALIN THAT WILL BRING CHANGE AND WE AS AMERICA WILL BE BETTER FOR IT.

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

    Will do anything possible to ensure that Sarah Palin never makes it to the Oval Office. The Republican smear campaign seems to have temporarily captured the hearts of the electorate, but perhaps, with a continuing influx of our hard-earned money, Barack Obama will be able to burnish his image on the airwaves .

    The voter deserves to hear the truth. Unfortunately, in America, truth costs big bucks.

    September 14, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  13. tigerakabj

    Eat that McCain. Your VP's big talk on the day she accepted the VP nomination earned Barack ten million cool ones in less than 24 hours. So tell Sarah to keep talking up a storm.

    And Obama, turn up the volume all the way until Nov. 4 on McCain. Have no mercy. The stakes are too high to let senility and moose-hunting win out.

    Obama/Biden 2008/2012.

    September 14, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  14. VA Nurse

    "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over, and expecting different results" ~ Einstein.

    Say NO to 4 more years!!! Vote for change!!! Vote for Obama/Biden!!!!!

    September 14, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  15. Marie

    Well, it doesn't seem to be about money here. Obama has brought in record amounts from the start, and he is now behind in the polls. It comes down to the fact that he really made a huge mistsake by not picking Hillary as his running mate. They completely underestimated HRC's strenght to them. With not much time until the election, and the GOP manipulating and lying to folks who actually believe them, I am not sure Obama can pull this off. In what should have been a sure thing for the Dems this year, we can thank Howard Dean, the DNC and the superdelegates for getting the Dems into this mess. John McCain will be laughing all the way to the white house.

    September 14, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  16. Michelle

    yeah for Obama....big thank you to the people for contributing what they can. Unlike McCain who's donations come in from corporations...McCain will owe these donors favors..,..Obama is for all the people of america, that is why they are contributing to him. Biden has not lost momentum, just to much media coverage on that lady from alaska....whats her name?

    September 14, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  17. TT

    Is anybody better off today than you were 8 years ago?

    Obama is the most direct route to peace abroad, prosperity
    and debt reduction at home, and health care for more than
    the wealthy and healthy.

    Let's keep our eyes on the prize and give generously.

    September 14, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  18. EC

    EAT that John McCain!!

    I mean when you also take into consideration that Gov. Palin's speech netted Sen. Obama $10 million, you OBAMA HATERS can't say anything about YOUR lame John McCain and Sara Palin. The party's OVER, people are starting to see past the "pitt bull" smear and bark tactic.

    She's NOW becoming nothing but a "CHIHUAHUA"!! LOL.

    If she was truly a pitt bull, John McCain and his campaign would NOT be so SCARED in letting her lose on her own.

    WHY DON'T THEY LET HER CAMPAIGN ON HER OWN?

    WHY DON'T THEY LET HER DO MEDIA INTERVIEWS, like "Meet the Press", "Hardball", "60-Minutes", The View, MSNBC, etc.

    WHAT ARE THEY SO AFRAID OF?

    AND WHY is John McCain sending his 12 Attorneys to Alaska to DELAY AND DERAIL the "Troopergate" Investigation and allegations of Gov. Palin's Abuse of Power while Governor of Alaska??

    WHY IS IT THAT Gov. Palin stated very clearly that she would COOPERATE with the investigation and has NOW REFUSED TO COOPERATE?

    WHY has Gov. Palin's HUSBAND and her office statf been SUBPOENAED???

    I MEAN WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!

    THE PIECES ARE NOT FITTING INTO THIS "PERFECT PITT BULL' PUZZLE!!!

    THE FISH IS STARTING TO SMELL VERY FOUL!!!

    September 14, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  19. christopher lukosi

    i think this is a sign who the people of america want to give him the presidency,

    September 14, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  20. Jane

    Given how much money has been spent in the primaries and the election so far, how much could the economy have benefitted if this money was added to the stimulus package. I guess change begins with big spending!

    September 14, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  21. John

    Who cares!

    September 14, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  22. AJD

    Who cares. Money is not going to save this guys candidacy. Since he wants to give out welfare checks to those who don't pay taxes, as part of his idiotic tax plan, maybe he could take some of this money and go for it.

    September 14, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  23. Jay

    This just shows you a storm is brewing. It's the new generation that is sick of the way this country is being flushed down the toilet by the greed in Washington.

    September 14, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  24. karen

    Keep giving people.
    Mccain and his group are running the sleeziest campain in modern history. Factcheck.org will answer questions.Those Mcain supporeres that want to belive the Mccain lies keep your head in the sand. We all know fear makes for ignorance.

    September 14, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  25. Walt D

    That's great! It demonstrates not only the continued support of his followers but also the growth of more new contributors to his campaign!

    Obama will need every penny of that as McCain-Palin and the members of his campaign continue to violate the 8th commandment, even though they claim to be Christians, by lying, smearing and distorting Obama's policies, positions and pronouncements. They will throw oodles of dollars at him from public financing, your money and mine, and from the RNC in the last days of the campaign to swift boat him. So folks, keep on giving to the most competent leader we have to bring us out of the eight years faliure and decline led by Bush-Cheney, which McCain, the new gunslinging mudslinger, has supported 90% of the time.

    September 14, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
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