Obama campaign raises almost $43 million
October 13th, 2011
08:03 AM ET
3 years ago

Obama campaign raises almost $43 million

Washington (CNN) – Exceeding the expectations some Democrats had set, the Obama re-election campaign raised $42.8 million in the period running from July through the end of September, an Obama campaign aide told CNN.

Overall, the campaign announced Thursday it and the Democratic National Committee brought in more than $70 million in the third quarter of fundraising.

Some Democratic sources had earlier said they expected the combined total to be $55 million.

The $42 million figure most likely will be close to or exceed the total raised by all of the Republican presidential candidates together for this quarter.

Campaigns have to report their amounts to the Federal Election Commission by Saturday. The Obama campaign and the DNC raised an record breaking $86 million in the last fundraising quarter that ended in June.

During the most recent quarter the Obama team had to deal with questions about whether key constituencies of the Democratic base were fully supporting President Obama, especially after a bruising fight over raising the nation's debt ceiling which resulted in an agreement that angered many in the progressive movement. The weak economy also made it more difficult for all of the campaigns to raise funds during this time.

The president had to cancel several fundraising events to stay in Washington due to the debt ceiling fight.

Obama unveiled his jobs proposal last month and displayed a more aggressive stance toward congressional Republicans - moves that were applauded by many Democratic activists.

"You know why it's important to engage right now. We're up against a Republican Party and special interest-funded groups that will spend hundreds of millions of dollars spreading any message that they believe will defeat the President and roll back our efforts to build a fairer economy that rewards hard work and responsibility, not large corporations," campaign manager Jim Messina said Thursday in an email to supporters announcing the figures.

From July to September the Obama team reported that 606,000 people donated to the campaign - more than in the second fundraising quarter between April and June when it set a record for the number of donors. And it said of the 766,000 donations, 98% were $250 or less – a key figure as it tries to keep attracting the small donors who were a major driver for the 2008 campaign.

"If I could sum up this last quarter in a few words: You came through. Thank you," Messina said.

One of the ways the campaign tried to woo small donors was to sponsor a contest with the prize being a dinner with Obama.

Overall, the campaign said since the president announced his re-election bid this spring, almost 983,000 individuals made donations, with 258,000 of them making their first contribution.

"So getting to a million grassroots donors isn't just a huge accomplishment this early in the campaign," Messina said in the release. "It's our answer to our opponents, the press, and anyone who wants to know whether the President's supporters have his back."

The Republican National Committee responded to the new totals by attacking the president over job creation.

"It's no secret President Obama spends a lot of time fundraising and is the most successful fundraiser in history. Obama's problem is he can't replicate that success when it comes to creating jobs," RNC Spokesperson Kirsten Kukowski said in an email. "This president is going to need every penny he can raise because voters don't believe he has the ability to turn the economy around or create much-needed jobs."

- CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jessica Yellin contributed to this story.

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Filed under: 2012 • DNC • Fundraising • President Obama
soundoff (61 Responses)
  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    When you look at the republican party, which is in the pockets of Wall Street, big oil, the Kochs, the turd blossom Rove, who represent the 1% against the 99%, I think our president will pick up a lot of the 99% support.

    October 13, 2011 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Obama is the only candidate who will help us 99%ers.

    October 13, 2011 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  3. ATL Guy

    I gave money to the Obama campaign and will continue to do so. Time to sweep these Republican clowns and their TEA (Traitors Exploiting America) out of power.

    October 13, 2011 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    So getting to a million grassroots donors isn't just a huge accomplishment this early in the campaign," Messina said in the release. "It's our answer to our opponents, the press, and anyone who wants to know whether the President's supporters have his back."
    -------------------------------------------------
    You got our back Mr. President and we've got yours!!!
    WE'RE IN!
    I proudly stand by and support our duly elected President Barack Hussein Obama.

    October 13, 2011 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  5. willard

    I mocked out of presdient obama cause people acorn are like support cheat vote of presdient obama so people want him get out of presdient obama cause he still weak of his ecommony

    October 13, 2011 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  6. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    The $42 million figure most likely will be close to or exceed the total raised by all of the Republican presidential candidates together for this quarter
    -------------------------------------------------
    Um, actually that would be $42.8 million ;)!

    October 13, 2011 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  7. AlaskaPalin

    This is another 'selfish tax hike' (pun) on the middle class at a time when they can least afford it. Have a heart obama stop squeezing the ones who love you. Why not thank them and return the money saying, 'if I must win it will be on my record, it will be unfair to you and the american people to use your money 'to buy' the election?' 'To Buy' in this case is a relative term it could mean 'spending it on'.

    October 13, 2011 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  8. Dean

    Tax the money raised at a rate of , oh, 95%. That's seems fair.

    October 13, 2011 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  9. Yup

    He can build a 45 million bank roll pretty fast......go figure....maybe he should hand it out to the people that really need it.

    October 13, 2011 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  10. charles (north carolina)

    obama – biden 2012!

    October 13, 2011 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  11. bird

    Gee, I guess all those rich Liberals are holding their money, instead of paying the higher taxes they keep talking about...

    October 13, 2011 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  12. sergent

    all of his campaign money is coming from big corps and we all know this. americans are not with this president. he could have had a smaller deficet if crony cap wasnt part of him like solyndra ans son.

    October 13, 2011 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  13. jordan

    End Money Lobbying
    end PAC's Large Donations
    End Large Money Donations to Parties and/or Politicians

    You just raise a lot of money.So Obama how many Rich Men and Corporations feed you, huh ?
    I doubt very much I will vote for another Democrat or Republican again.This Country just might be a better place if both of these Parties imploded and disappeared into the History Books.

    A Big Thanks from us Americans to Washington for ruining this land with your STENCH.

    October 13, 2011 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  14. LC B

    Pathetic – how we 'the people' have allowed our 'system' to become one of DOLLARS FIRST, popularity second, and apathy third . . . 'nuff said.

    October 13, 2011 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  15. neuroperson

    70 million dollars. For an elected official to re-run for office. Disgusting.

    October 13, 2011 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  16. Sheryl D

    I so appreciate President Barack Obama and his administration for all they are doing for the greatest Country on Earth, the Good ole USA. People that say differently just aren't reading up on "everything" getting opinions from both sides of the isle, they are only taking their cues from the ignorant lying scoundrels in the Media...shame shame Media, for allowing people to sit in front of you and tell a bold face lie, and you not call them out on it right then and there. How's that Hope & Change working for ya, JUST FINE thank you for asking !
    Obama / Biden 2012

    October 13, 2011 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  17. Eric

    Well I guess all the hype about his approval ratings are just that...hype! Seems like he still has many supporters.

    October 13, 2011 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  18. Johnnie, London..

    We here in England have seen your plans and your vision for the future. if we've had a leader like you, the eu would not be in this predicament. Good Luck in your Re-election.

    October 13, 2011 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  19. The Prince of Common Cents

    "Come to the edge," Barack Obama said.

    The American voters replied, "But, we're AFRAID!"

    "Come to the edge," He patiently replied.

    "We CAN'T!" the people exclaimed.

    "YES, you CAN!" Barack convincingly responded.

    They came; he pushed them...and they FLEW!

    No more FEAR!

    America will vote again for Barack Obama in November 2012

    October 13, 2011 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  20. Gary

    We Citizens vote Democrats, get punched in the face, We Citizens vote Republican, get punched in the face. American Voters are stuck in an Abusive Relationship. BREAK THE CYCLE VOTE INDEPENDANT

    October 13, 2011 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  21. anon-i-mouse

    Even though I have had some disappointments with the President, overall, I think he has done a good job in a VERY difficult economic and political climate. I will back him 1000% over pretty much any of those clowns who are fighting over the GOP nomination (Huntsman was a bit of a curiosity to me, but unfortunately, he doesn't have a prayer. He's too intelligent for that nomination).

    October 13, 2011 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  22. really

    Does anyone else see the irony of this? He can raise $43 Million for his campaign but not resolve the debt bomb crisis. There is your 1%.

    October 13, 2011 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  23. ROSE

    Got some corporate sugar daddy's your going to answer to, IF you get reelected.

    October 13, 2011 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  24. DC Johnny

    "The president had to cancel several fundraising events to stay in Washington due to the debt ceiling fight."

    WAAAAAAAAAAAAAH. Cry me a socialist river.

    October 13, 2011 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  25. Jamima

    Mostly overseas donations.

    October 13, 2011 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
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