Obama February fundraising up from January
March 19th, 2012
07:10 AM ET
2 years ago

Obama February fundraising up from January

(CNN) - President Barack Obama's re-election campaign reported Monday that they raised more than $45 million in February.

The campaign made their early morning announcement on Twitter.

Obama's re-election team says 348,000 people donated to the president's campaign last month, with 105,000 being first time contributors. The campaign highlighted their small dollar grassroots efforts, saying the average donation last month was $59.04, with 97.7% of all donations being $250 or less.

The $45 million raised for the Obama re-election effort and for the Democratic National Committee is up from the $29.1 million the Obama re-election campaign raised in January, and brings to more than $300 million the amount brought in since the president organized his re-election efforts last April.

Obama broke all fundraising records by bringing in nearly $750 million four years ago in his campaign to win the presidency.

The president is the main attraction at a fundraiser Monday night in the nation's capital. He raised around $5 million at five fundraisers Friday in Chicago and Atlanta.

The Republican National Committee was quick to criticize the president over his new fundraising figures.

"After three years of policies that have left our country with record debt, high unemployment, and soaring gas prices and health care costs, it's clear President Obama is having a hard time convincing voters he deserves another term. The president who ran on change and hope has left our country wanting and whether it's showing in fundraising or in the polls, Americans are enthusiastic about replacing him in November," said RNC spokesperson Kirsten Kukowski in a statement.

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soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. S. B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The question is (and will likely not be answered) about all of these donors: is because they believe in him or dislike the GOP choices so much. That is more to be focused on the first donors. Part of the problem is that the president needs to raise so much money because of the Citizens United decision that the Supreme Court made out of their ignorance and/or ideology about how money is spent during political campaigns. The conservatives have more groups and more wealthy people to fund raise from which makes a world of difference.

    March 19, 2012 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  2. diridi

    Get Oil speculators. While production more consume less, Oil should be less at pump. Some one is doing price hike. Get them. Obama2012.

    March 19, 2012 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
  3. king

    The people are looking at the alternitive to Obama and who remembered about the repubs policies of giving corporations the power to do what they want, are terrified. Lesson we can ill afford to unleash corporations on us again, because their bottom line is to make money, and that means, consolidate, computer system, and foreign workers. The repubs idea that taking money from the spenders and giving it to corporations will be successful. The only way this can happen is if Americans kill the middle class and pay workers the same wages as China and India. The problem is, China and India spenders out number us 6 to 1. I wonder how many corporations will stick around in America then.

    March 19, 2012 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  4. Irma in North Carolina

    Keep the money coming in we got to beat the racits republicans out there

    March 19, 2012 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The president will need a lot more to combat the the Kochs, Rove, and Mittens' slime pacs.

    March 19, 2012 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  6. reacharound

    Yeah right, people are giving money to someone they wnat to get rid of. The GOP offerings are slim and none.I am choosing the candidate who has knowledge and experience.

    March 19, 2012 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  7. Just J - Independent Voter

    I gave and will give again to President Obama.. I will not vote for Romey. Romey is not a smart person. Puppet yes but not smart. He can't make up his mind on anything. Romey is a Joke! He will owe so many people that he will fail!
    Koch brothers, and all the other won't come close to what Oprah, Buffet an the peoples money. Koch Brother just want him out so they won't have to pay the additional taxes they owe to america.
    From day one, the Republican stated they want President Obama to fail. Well it didn't happen!
    I'm investing in President Obama. I'm sick of these folks letting this country go down because they don't want to pay their share of taxes. Middle class is whats funding this country. The rich, are getting richer!
    Obama/Biden 2012 Clinton will be next!

    March 19, 2012 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  8. American

    Donated to President Obama and will gladly donate again. The alternatives are simply not an option this time when the American middle class needs to continue our recovery.

    Obama 2012

    March 19, 2012 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  9. macrasta

    the RNC has a nerve with that statement...oh yeah, how dear the president out raise them ??? no mention of their own Rove and Koch Brothers Superpacs...

    March 19, 2012 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  10. Name

    Congratulations, fight the good fight Obama. It's my opinion that you are among the best Presidents we've had. You are the right President for our times. i'm convinced all your decisions are for the better of all people, and not a select few. We need you. God bless you and yours and your campaign.

    March 19, 2012 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  11. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    Manning phone banks during the week on behalf of our President. The documentary "The Road We've Travelled" is a must see, especially for first time donors/voters and those that have simply forgotten how dire circumstances were in 2008. Keep the contributions and the prayers coming. ALL are welcome, ALL are appreciated.
    Obama 2012. Seriously America.

    March 19, 2012 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  12. NCParalegal

    I am one of the first time contributors and next month I will donate again. Obama 2012!

    March 19, 2012 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  13. Four and The Door

    The $45 million raised for the Obama re-election effort and for the Democratic National Committee ...brings to more than $300 million the amount brought in since the president organized his re-election efforts last April.
    _________________________________________________________________________________________________
    But they need much more. Here is why. Look at their spending trying to define and incite class distinction in America. Didn't work so well except that it was expensive. What next? Then they threw tens of millions at the idea that the Republican Party is anti-female. Again, tens of millions of dollars. Not working. They need very much to jump on any issue and bring it to the top because the one issue that has been on top...the economy, is where they will lose, especially now that they see Romney marching toward the Republican nomination.

    The little Democratic ad campaigns have only started. But they are expensive because in each one they are trying hard to redefine the campaign issues. Unfortunate for them ( but fortunate for network television companies ) is that American voters will not be lead away from the economy. It is the overwhelming issue and it is working against Obama and the Democratic Senate. Just don't expect either to begin making decisions that help the economy. That's not their strategy.

    March 19, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  14. Rudy NYC

    ".....The president who ran on change and hope has left our country wanting and whether it's showing in fundraising or in the polls, Americans are enthusiastic about replacing him in November."
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    Let's not forget about the party that ran a platform of "stop change and hope" in order to "make Pres. Obama a one term president."

    March 19, 2012 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  15. Annie, Atlanta

    Of course it's up. The Republicans' ideas are frightening, exclusive to anyone but them, they're anti elderly, anti veterans, anti women, and anti minorities. The hateful rhetoric is ramping up even from the time of Sarah Palin, and I didn't think it could get worse than that. I'm wondering when the SPLC is going to declare them a terrorist group, and why they haven't already, with their use of fear and hate to motivate their base. Never did I think I would ever see one of our two major parties become so radicalized and extreme.

    March 19, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  16. Guess What

    dis anyone ask obama about his latest exc order which grants him and his czars control of everything if he enacts Marshall law, nope because the bias liberal media didnt report it. Well here it is and obama the dictator is coming, but obama cannot see the storm brewing, lol A Storm Is Coming

    March 19, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  17. Four and The Door

    Rudy NYC
    ".....The president who ran on change and hope has left our country wanting and whether it's showing in fundraising or in the polls, Americans are enthusiastic about replacing him in November."
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    Let's not forget about the party that ran a platform of "stop change and hope" in order to "make Pres. Obama a one term president."
    _____________________________________________________________________________________________
    You are a true Obama Democrat. Deflect accountability and blame someone or something else at every opportunity.
    Let's just go back to who you are going to blame for the first two uninterrupted years of 110% congress support for Obama's philosophies. Nobody to blame for those results except Obama.

    And if you want to blame anyone for so many conservative Republicans in congress? Blame the American voter. Good luck with that strategy.

    March 19, 2012 10:58 am at 10:58 am |