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. Remi - American Tax Payer

    Calling all Americans tired of paying $10 BILLION A MONTH on a criminal war...tired of watching hurricanes rip up our failing infrastucture whilest Halliburton (DICK CHENEY) overcharges our Pentagon and gets paid $500 MILLION dollars...tired of watching 2008 War games between US and Russia...tired of offshoring jobs please elect Barack Obama and bring accountability back to our government.

    Democrat '08

    Remember Americans, Bill Clinton limited the number of H1B work visas..George W cameback with the offshoring method of taking America's jobs.

    September 14, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  2. Rebecca - Michigan

    Wow, according to the latest polls more than half of Americans are willing to put liars back in the White House in McCain/Palin. Almost every fact check has disproved Palin and McCain's reform and ethics claims yet the American people choose not to look at the facts. Good looks and personality is not going to better this country folks. That is what Palin brings to the table, she has no clue except for her ability to read speeches written by ex-Bush aides. Wonderful.

    September 14, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  3. Mary Katherine

    I am proud to have donated the maximum–and now it is on to contributing to congressional and senatorial efforts. Democrats...let's wake OUR BASE and those UNDECIDED! This is the most critical campaign of our lives.
    Obama/Biden 08

    September 14, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  4. Monica, Texas

    I also gave $25 to Obama-Biden although unemployed (layed-off after 16 yrs with the same company) We can not afford 4 more yrs of Bush policy mis-management for this country....Wake up, ENOUGH!!!!

    September 14, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  5. McCain/Palin

    Obama can spend all the money he wants, it won't change the facts that he is not experienced enough, he changes his mind every time the polls go doown and you can't believe a word he says.

    September 14, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  6. Dandelion.

    yes!

    Obama/Biden 08!!

    September 14, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  7. dorothy smith

    The more I see & hear from McCain/Palin, the more I dislike them. I
    have a horror picture. of McCain winning the election, dying while in
    office & that inexperienced woman, becoming our president. Vote for
    Obama, so this can't happen.

    September 14, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  8. Jeff Kallichuk (Canadians for Obama/Biden)

    This election is important to everyone in the Untied States and outside as well. Like many other Canadians I will be making my contributions to the forward and progressive thinking ticket of Obama and Biden. The world is watching and the world is looking for a fresh new approach from North America. We will get Bush junior out of office in Canada in October!!

    September 14, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  9. Emma

    I'm one of the new donators too. I was a Hillary supporter and now I'm donating even more to Obama. He can bring us back to our American values and pride. Its now or never because McCain will turn us all into starving peasants in a third world country owned by China!

    September 14, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  10. A voter

    Good news, indeed! We will need every penny of this to counter the GOP slime machine and McCain's and Palin's lies.

    September 14, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  11. Rebecca - Michigan

    What do the oil compainies think of Palin? She increased taxes on the oil companies in Alaska 300% which is the single reason she was able to have a surplus. She needs to be asked if she will increase the oil compainies federal taxes and if not why the change of heart. McCain has been constantly saying no to a windfall profit tax on oil companies while Palin did exactly the opposite in Alaska by 300%. So why isn't anybody asking this question. McCain and Palin seem to be at big odds on this subject.

    September 14, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  12. Shannon from Oklahoma

    YEAH!!! This month will be bigger than ever! We are going to take back our White House from the Special Interest and Lobbyists. John McCain is running the most dishonorable campaign in modern history and we will not stand for it. They did this the past eight years and enough is enough!!!

    September 14, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  13. NG in DC

    My $50 donation this month is a small price to pay for an insurance policy against the Palin disease this country is at risk of catching - please contribute to this national fund to ensure this woman and her bigot groupies stay out of Washington and in the back woods.

    Obama - take note: You' ve got my money, make it work. I'll never forgive you for not selecting Hillary Clinton as you're running mate, if you lose this election. STEP ON THE GAS, man.

    September 14, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  14. Rae in Iowa

    I have contributed to Obama's campaign several times because I consider it a good investment for the future.

    September 14, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  15. Bobby

    He's going to need every penny of it and I don't know why so many people want to throw their money away!

    September 14, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  16. WOW - Cedar Hill, TX

    This is so awesome!!!! way to go!!!

    September 14, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  17. V from Milwaukee

    "Yet many of my fellow Americans try to find any excuse not to vote for Obama. Why?"

    I completely agree. It seems like people are listening to anything and everything that is being said about Obama just so they can have an excuse not to vote for him. Its absolutely ridiculous. Obama has dominated when it has come to issues, fundraising, world appeal, sincerity, and everything in between. Stop trying to find excuses and do the right thing for once!

    September 14, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  18. Rich

    Obama is an empty shell. You have to be one heck of a hypocrite to think he is ready to be President and then criticize Sarah Palin's qualifications.

    Of course, we already know what hypocrites Democrats are. Republicans running a sleazy campaign? Just read the insults and name-calling by all of you folks on this site. Who are the ones hurling mud? I don't see any of the ones on this site who are against Obama calling him those kind of names. But then maybe if he were a white man or woman then it would be okay to do so.

    September 14, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  19. MichaelForObama

    Obama...my son Michael said he is glad you're raising so much money. You make him so proud.

    He is an 8 year old African American male who said if you are not elected President of the US. He will run in the future.

    Thank you for allowing my child to see that as a black child he can be anything who wants to.

    A proud mom...who is also proud of her country for opening up their eyes to what American can be. You will change how people view this country.

    September 14, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  20. Remi - American Tax Payer

    Vision, leadership, innovation, implementation.

    Obama Biden – '08

    The winds may blow but the mountain shall not bow down

    September 14, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  21. Concern in Ohio

    To Obama supporters:

    We only have one more month. Lets make October a absolute fundraising blowout. Give $25 more dollars than you think you can.

    I agree with this 100 percent, we have got to keep donating so that the Obama camp can use this money to constantly place ads to fight ALL of McCain's "False" ads. Where's the FCC when you need them?

    September 14, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  22. linda from South Dakota

    just goes to show ,, whose the better canidaite,, OBAMA,,, people are fianlly wakin up and seeing that mccain and new "newlady" arent what they seems to be,,,,plus we americans DONT want the mccsame noe do we need a BARRQACUDA,,, this lady shure has a way of blabbing off what she thinks,, BUT does she really know what shes syin,, the mccsame ole thing,,, its time for change and its just down the road,, yes we can,,, yes we can ,, and we will in nov,, obama/biden 08 and beyond

    September 14, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  23. Indra in FL

    I am so happy to be a part of this! : )

    And one comment to add to the comment made by "ThePoliticalTruth" in the above posting...

    One reason many won't vote for Obama, as sad as I am to state it, is simply because he's black. I'm in Florida and as diverse as we are in Palm Beach County, we are still in the south and this reminder sometimes peeks from beneath the surface. Sigh.

    September 14, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  24. MichaelForObama

    Obama…my son Michael said he is glad you're raising so much money. You make him so proud.

    He is an 8 year old African American male who said if you are not elected President of the US. He will run in the future.

    Thank you for allowing my child to see that as a black child he can be anything he wants to.

    A proud mom…who is also proud of her country for opening up their eyes to what American can be. You will change how people view this country.

    September 14, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  25. Wasilla Hillbilly in a dress

    Educated America believes in Obama. Illiterate America still buckles under to fear and suspicion and abandons hope. Hope will win in November and we'll get to see what an inspirational, progressive president can do for our standing in the world and for our fortunes at home.

    September 14, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
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