Obama re-election campaign touts small dollar donations
April 6th, 2011
10:21 AM ET
3 years ago

Obama re-election campaign touts small dollar donations

Washington (CNN) – Two days after it officially opened up shop, President Barack Obama's re-election campaign is highlighting its initial fundraising efforts.

The campaign received 23,000 contributions in the first 24 hours following Obama's Monday re-election announcement, with nearly all of those donations in the amount of $200 or less, a source confirms to CNN.

The president's 2008 campaign for the White House raised nearly $750 million, shattering all records, and much of that money came from small dollar donors. The goal this time around is for the campaign to bring in up to $1 billion. While some upcoming high profile fundraisers headlined by Obama, starting next week in Chicago, will grab the media spotlight, the campaign doesn't want its efforts with average contributors to get lost in the headlines.

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  1. Richard Komi

    Small donations was the hallmark of the 2008 campaign and will be the same this time. It only goes to show that the people wanted change and voted for it. We will do it again.

    April 6, 2011 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  2. Four and The Door

    Here's my 2 cents worth. Good luck buying your way around ineffective management since 2008. The shellacking will be completed in 19 months.

    April 6, 2011 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  3. Sebastian

    Mr. President, be the ONE LEADER that calls for SHARED SACRAFICE in balancing the budget and paying down the NATIONAL DEBT. If you do this, NO REPUBLICAN can beat you.

    It is ludicrous for the GOP to suggest lowering Corporate and Millionaire tax rates 10 POINTS! to 25%. We have a NATIONAL DEBT to pay off and they are that have benefited [since the days of Ronald Reagan] from wealth transfer from the poor and middle class. Moreover, they are the ones that can stand to pay a greater persentage – especially on that 2nd or 3rd MILLION of income. If you want to do this by leaving rates where they are and closing loopholes – FINE. Tax rates can be lowered LATER.

    Cut spending sir but also raise revenue – everybody must help with the lifting.

    April 6, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  4. obama retoric

    why would you honestly give your hard earned monies to such a radical corrupt individual that has taken America down this road of destruction. The military, the individual, the businesses and the chambers see this, but yet the stupid cant see because obama keeps your skirts blown up as he steals your money, it is time to put obama down and send him down the road with his tail between his legs and tell him to take that rib and tater butt wife with him. America needs a fresh start and the racist black man can noot give it to us, unless you want sharia law and the south will stop that. Obama the revolution is coming and Texas and Florida will lead the way to you end, be advised the revolution is coming.

    April 6, 2011 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  5. Linton

    This small donor won't give you a single dime this time around, Mr. Liar Pants.

    Hope you're a one-termer.....but I guess now that you've started a war – the rich will make up the difference that you'll lose from small donors. How convenient that you started a war right before the election cycle begins. Knowing that the public is loathe to switch presidents during times of war.

    What a schmuck you turned out to be, sir.

    April 6, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  6. Citizen for Progress, Liberty, and Freedom

    I would wager that most of his donors are small donor donors because...well...The People just dont have the long-reaching arms and deep pocketbooks that companies have. Obama is a man of the People afterall...I mean I'm sure every politician has lobbyists they work with (except for John Edwards...he says) but the fact remains the same...people are willing to give percentages of their money because they feel so strongly for him...which is incredible considering a vast majority of us live paycheck to paycheck under the veil of being "Middle-Class" just cuz we have a couple shiny objects. Truth is...if you aren't saving substantial amounts of money...you're poor. Period. And its neat to see folks pitching in what they can. We haven't lost hope President Obama...hopefully we'll recant many of these insane anti-labor (where does labor come from...THE PEOPLE) GOPers in July and we can make some solid gains in Congress. We aren't out of the woods yet...and the last thing we need is some Conservative to open deforestation rights to companies...who are also probably getting tax breaks and subsidies. Heh...Subsidies...the Medicare of Business Entities (but be damned if we want entitlement programs too...REAL people dont get free money...but fake people get LOTS of it. Justice? No. Plutocracy? Yes!)

    April 6, 2011 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  7. Mark from Louisiana

    ohh yea here we go again with the small donors BS

    In 2008, unions spent $74.5 million in campaign contributions, with $68.3 million going to the Democratic Party. Already, unions have contributed $6.5 million to the 2010 elections, and $6 million has gone to Democrats, according to the Center for Responsive Politics in Washington, D.C.

    April 6, 2011 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Count me among those first 23,000.
    We did it before, we'll do it again!

    We Will Not Forget.
    Obama-Biden 2012

    April 6, 2011 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  9. Wes B.

    I think it does say a lot when a candidate can drum up lots of support from the "little guy." A giant chunk of Obama's money in 2008 came from very small donations from regular folks.

    And, I'll admit, there are some on the GOP side that also have been good about drumming up support from small donations. I think Huckabee is one that has been able to get some grass roots support in the past. And Ron Paul certainly has done so. As opposed to a candidate like Newt Gingrich–who will get all his money from the Koch Bros and big businesses.

    When/If these candidates take office, I think it says something to whom they will consider their constituents. A bunch of little guys paying $30 to their campaign? Or A handful of giant corporations and billionaires that donates infinite amounts of money?

    April 6, 2011 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Count me among those first 23,000!
    We did it before, we'll do it again!

    We Will Not Forget.
    Obama-Biden 2012

    April 6, 2011 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  11. eunice

    president obama has my donation ----– obama/biden 2012 wake up america those republicans is ready to take away your benefits, social security, medicare and medicaid, health insurance ----–

    April 6, 2011 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  12. Rudy NYC

    As the people speak, so their chosen representative acts. That is how the framers of our constitution envisioned our democracy. Too bad the communication medium has evolved from the spoken word too cold, hard, cash money.

    April 6, 2011 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  13. Charles Darwin

    Oh, I guess we're supposed to fall for the I'm not taking big money from special interests line again like we did in the 2008 campaign. Well, except for the fact that his administration regularly meets with lobbyists across the street from the white house specifically so it doesn't have to disclose who it is meeting with. His BS is going to ring hollow this time around.

    April 6, 2011 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  14. 100% ETH

    Never again!!
    I friends who graduated by Bio-Chemistry and holds a Master-Degrees from George Washington University, in the Year 2009, with Magna Cum Laude.

    They applied for jobs everywhere, and never get hired. The opportunities in America are based on Affirmative Action or Ethnicity. It is so sad!!!

    Based on the above informations, I am not going to elect Him.

    April 6, 2011 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  15. Laura, Boston Massachusetts

    After my last "small dollar donations" to Obama, he proceded to do everything I am against. So he won't be getting any $$$ from this girl in Massachusetts. I'd rather spend it and stimulate the economy (which Obama was going to fix)...

    April 6, 2011 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  16. Steve

    What does Obama's early annoucement to seek re-election tell you? He is more comfortable campaigning than managing the government (doing his real job)!

    April 6, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  17. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    That seems like a good start. How many other candidates will be able to say that.

    April 6, 2011 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |