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. Friend of Obama

    That's what I am talking about. Continue to support BARACK!!!!

    September 14, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  2. ALECO -----NOKOMIS,FL

    REPUBLICANS ARE BLIND FOLLOWERS--IF ADOLF HITLER RAN FOR PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND HE RAN AS A REPUBLICAN-THE BLIND FOLLOWERS WOULD VOTE FOR HIM.

    IF BY CHANCE McCAIN WERE ELECTED PRESIDENT, WITHIN ONE YEAR VOTERS WOULD WISH GEORGE BUSH WERE BACK IN OFFICE.

    BARACK OBAMA WILL BE OUR NEXT PRESIDENT–THANK GOD.

    September 14, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  3. Linda Smith

    Once again – the stunning difference between information like this and information from the polls! I ponder... just who is answering the phone to become part of the polls?

    September 14, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  4. bill m

    Awesome

    September 14, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  5. Susan

    This is wonderful, America. We are gving Obama to fight back and tell the Republicans that we have had ENOUGH of their sleazy campaign. They cannot win on the issues, so the are doing it with liesand smears! Mc/Palin = No Honor, No Integrity and 4 more years of Bush/Cheney!

    September 14, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  6. Susan

    With all the lies and deception coming from the McCain side, I am locked and have my sites on Obama/Biden. I wish this thing was over now. I never seen such tabloid ugliest before.

    I'm writing Obama a check and if he wants to bail out Hillary, I am okay with it.

    September 14, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  7. Rilirame

    We are on our way to the white house....

    September 14, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  8. Richard

    If Obama collected so much money for the campaign, then where is it being spent? McCain & Palin are all over the TV on all the news stations from one end of coast to the other nothing on the Obama/Biden ticket except for once in awhile... I think Obama should get on the ball. Starting with getting a new campaign manager., try the one Hillary had. Come on Democrates, I'm behind you but can't do it alone... Lets use that money wisely....

    September 14, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  9. Elizabeth

    I HOPE OBAMA AND BIDEN WIN BY A LANDSLIDE!!! THE OTHER PAIR, McCAIN AND PALIN ARE PATHETIC! WHAT SCARES ME IS THAT THERE ARE TOO MANY "BRITNEY SPEARS – TRAILER PARK MENTALITY TYPE" VOTERS WHO WILL VOTE FOR McCAIN AND PALIN! IF McCAIN AND PALIN GET IN, THE COUNTRY WILL GET WHAT IT DESERVES – AN OLD WARMONGER AND A COCKY WACKO!!! ED KOCH SAID PALIN SCARES THE H OUT OF HIM AND I CAN SEE WHY. McCAIN DEFINITELY DOES NOT HAVE GOOD JUDGEMENT!!!!!!!!!!

    September 14, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  10. Ju

    Palin has terrified 1/2 million more people, and it highlights the fact that more people are seriously questioning John McCain's judgement.

    September 14, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  11. Marty

    Way to go...Let's beat the repubs

    September 14, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  12. Florida Voter

    $25 of that record total was from me and I'm more than happy to do it again in September.

    McSleezy can keep on lying and Christians like me that believe that lying is evil will continue to fight until that evil is defeted

    September 14, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  13. gerard from MA

    GO GO GO GO

    Obama-Biden 08

    September 14, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  14. Change we can't believe in.

    Precisely why he reneged on his agreement to use public funds. Hypocrite. This is politics at its most disgusting.

    September 14, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  15. anonoumous

    You Political News men and Women..... This is my comment about "lipsticgate" . Obama when he said that comment about "Pigs in lipstick".
    We all know that he was trying to make a Comment about McCain's view on the State of the Economy.....Not a Cheap shot about Sarah Palin....You News People took that Statement and totally twisted his word,sand took in out of context..Also you all keep going over it again and again....beating like a dead horse...Please I'm begging you let it go....

    September 14, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  16. Rich

    Good for you Senator Obama–you are definitely on track to get the $220 million you projected for the general election!

    September 14, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  17. Jim

    It will be these new donors and new voters that will propel Senator Obama to President Obama. McSame/Palin's sleazy politics will be all for naught. Americans will be better off withouth them for sure.

    September 14, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  18. ThePoliticalTruth

    Some GOP members see sleaze as a way
    to go to get elected.

    Why send more money to Obama?
    Truth be told-
    Mrs. Palin lied about her selling the plane on eBay.
    Mrs. Palin lied about her fiscal convervatism.
    Mrs. Palin lied about her support for the Bridge to nowhere.
    Mrs. Palin lied about how many countries she visited.
    In two years as governor of Alaska, Mrs. Palin spent 300 days working from home.

    McCain ads lie that Obama wants to teach kids sex education.

    Yet many of my fellow Americans try to find any excuse not to vote for Obama. Why? They have been misguided in placing politics with religious beliefs. McCain is no religous fanatic but Mrs Palin acts as if religion will guide her (when it does not). My Bible does not allow me to lie like Mrs. Palin has.

    So, let us send more money to Obama and hope that we can stop the sleazy bastards...

    September 14, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  19. Reason

    Vote Obama people! We don't need another republican in office – trust me.

    September 14, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  20. Matthew Brandi

    Proud to be one of the 500,000 new donors. Even though I'm in school now and could only donate 20 bucks. Every little bit helps!

    OBAMA 08!!

    September 14, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  21. cmc

    FOOD For THOUGHT: I do believe the Bible says not to bear false witness, so why is a party, RNC, think is ok to do this, when they constantly say they "have family values, high morals, pro this and anti that, abstinence etc. etc." and then will abide by the false claims that are out there and say it is "OK". If they believe everything that is being said, then how in God's name abide by this sort of behavior. Either you believe in the "high moral ground" thenby abiding by this behavior you only believe in the "higher ground" when it is convenient for you. Sounds a little hyporcritical to me. What kind of morals are you teaching your children or grndchildren, that win at no cost, something is very wrong with this. JUdge not lest you be judged. If you want to sent a message of higher ground then by god you should push your party to stop the negativity and get down to the issues. I know this has nothing to do about the amt of money raised, but I do believe that you either walk the walk or be quiet. Why go to church on Sunday if you can't be a Christain the other 6 days in the week, this goes for both parties. I have no doubt this will go into "moderation" and disappear,like it never existed.

    September 14, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  22. Hard Working Nurse

    We need real change and that Is NOT McLame and his side kick.

    September 14, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  23. rachael steve

    I just did not see Obama has used his money as effective as McCain to attack. What a waste of resource!

    September 14, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  24. Famzy

    that is change we can believe in

    September 14, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  25. Marge Hibbing Mn

    With the economy the way it is today, just where in the heck IS he getting his money....maybe from the same source that financed his two senate campaigns and we all know where that came from.

    September 14, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
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