August 14th, 2008
11:40 AM ET
14 years ago

Obama camp reaches two million donor mark

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="The Obama campaign has surpassed 2 million donors."](CNN) — Barack Obama's campaign announced Thursday that it had set a new campaign fundraising record, reaching the two million donor mark with more than two months left until Election Day.

“Today we achieved something amazing - 2,000,000 donors owning a piece of this campaign,” read a message on the campaign’s Web site. “In the face of John McCain’s low road tactics, it's more important than ever to keep our movement growing and show the power of millions of grassroots supporters coming together to work for change.”

In an e-mail to supporters Monday, campaign manager David Plouffe said he hoped a backlash from a television spot from John McCain’s campaign that painted Obama as a celebrity would help the campaign reach that mark by the party's convention at the end of August, just six months after the campaign topped one million donors.

"Two million donors is an incredible number — a number that was previously unimaginable for presidential campaigns," he wrote. "And it's a number this campaign never dreamed we could reach before the convention."

Obama surpassed one million donors in late February. As of the end of June, the most recent fundraising figures available, Obama had raised nearly $340 million for his presidential bid.

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soundoff (275 Responses)
  1. Jennifer

    The American people are finally waking up. A candidate who answers to US. Not lobbyists and corporations. This is truly historic.

    August 14, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  2. trust

    According to an analysis of campaign contributions by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics, Democrat Barack Obama has received nearly six times as much money from troops deployed overseas at the time of their contributions than has Republican John McCain, and the fiercely anti-war Ron Paul, though he suspended his campaign for the Republican nomination months ago, has received more than four times McCain's haul.

    August 14, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |

    We can make this three million soon.

    August 14, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  4. Barack Obama 08!!!


    August 14, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  5. Open Your 3rd Eye

    3 Words:

    Y.E.S. W.E. C.A.N.

    August 14, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  6. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    More money on the way ASAP –

    Way to go team.

    Obama '08

    August 14, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  7. Deb, Allentown, PA

    I am proud to count myself as one of the 2 million.

    I can't believe CNN closed the comments on "Hillary's name in nomination". What I wanted to say is that we don't stand a chance in Hades if Clinton is nominated.

    The Republicans will rip her apart on the PUMA party divisiveness, the mismanagement and shortfall of her campaign funds, and all the other skeletons in her closet. The $18million campaign fund deficit alone is the nail in the coffin. Obama is the only real chance we have at defeating McCain and the Republicans this year.

    August 14, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  8. Jann, Denver CO

    Great! And I'm proud to say that I am one of the two million.

    August 14, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  9. Abby


    August 14, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  10. Luis

    Two million idiots out of a much larger voting block? Probably his elitist Hollywood buds and their families 🙂

    Nice McCain or join the insane.........

    August 14, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  11. Texas Democrat for Life

    Yesssssssssssss!!! I will donate more today. Let's go for three million!!!

    Obama '08

    August 14, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  12. Texas trail puppy


    August 14, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  13. Ty

    Lets all be honest, we know this guy enough to donate money it is time to vote for him. Lets all come together and change the wrong path of the last 8 years.

    Obama 08. Please donate today.

    August 14, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  14. Boye

    Amen, I am proud to be 1 in 2million strong.

    August 14, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  15. Danny, Independent from AZ

    The $100 I gave will be the best investment I have made for my life and future.

    August 14, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  16. Chris from NY

    Yohooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hi hip horahhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 14, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  17. Barack and Hillary 08

    I going to ask ten of my friends to 5 dollars, and I hope you all do the same.

    Together, we can make it to THREE millions donors and take back our nation!

    Why isn't CNN reporting that McCain took 2300 dollars from the owner of a gay sex website after McCain has previously said he doesn't approve of the gay "lifestyle"?

    McCain is such a hypocrite- who is he to judge after he cheated on his first wife and dumped her when she got crippled in a car accident!

    August 14, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  18. white female

    Good job, and I am so glad and proud to be one of yopur supporters and donor.

    August 14, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC

    I would not be surprised to see the total hit 3 million, or even 3.5 before all is said and done because of recent events in Georgia. Not many Americans want yet another war, much less a ground war with Russia.

    August 14, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  20. check and checkmate

    2 million, that still doesn't right the wrong, the mainstream wants Hillary she is a tiger for the centrist, mainstream, moderates and faith in the American message. Barack, if it was Clinton/Obama, I would gladly vote for you, But brother, you don't make me feel as though you can really fight. Learn from the experienced ones comeback I'll check you out then till then sorry, I want moderate repub. WH, and a majority Demo. Congress......LOL 🙂

    August 14, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  21. Chris, NJ

    what does it matter?
    anyone who knows the basics of politics knows that 40% of the country is democrat and 40% is republican, and the middle 20% decides elections. Therefore, out of the (approximately) 120,455,979 is 2 million really a big deal?
    I think not. When it comes down to it having 2 million people donate money doesn't give him substance or experience.

    August 14, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  22. jt

    To support a person with no experience and no record of accomplishment.

    Why? Because he is a celebrety.

    Dangerous for President.

    August 14, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  23. tim

    Based upon Senator Obama's response to the crisis in can determine there are only three reasons to vote for the senator:
    1. You always vote for the man with the "d" next to his name
    2. You believe the best road for the US to take is down the road to oblivion like Europe.
    3. You are racist against African Americans and are trying to prove to yourself and others that you are not.

    August 14, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  24. Nick

    Though most people don't realize, many of Obama's "small donors" are a result of T-shirt, yard signs, and bumper sticker sales. Yes sales. He sells them, he doesn't give them away like every other campaign in history. 2 million donors is a bit misleading.

    August 14, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |



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