January 5th, 2009
11:30 AM ET
11 years ago

Obama team releases more donors to transition

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Barack Obama Monday released a list of 53,853 people who donated money to the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition, the organization that has built the administration-in-waiting in the run-up to Obama's inauguration as president on January 20.

The Transition raised just over $3.8 million dollars between Election Day and December 15, it said in a statement, with an average donation of about $70.

It is available on a searchable database at http://change.gov/donors.

Related: Obama transition releases donor list

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soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. Patricia in Las Vegas

    I just sent another $250.

    January 5, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  2. earle,florida

    Oh yes,once again it's how you define average? I'm curious to know how many were maximum contributions,and by whom,...?

    January 5, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  3. Billy J

    Wow.... now this is actually news! Maybe not earthshattering but news none the less. AND thanks for the change.gov link, I did not know that was there and while I am sure it has some biased toward the Prez Elect, it still looks chock full of info, a welcome respite from the current group of secretive yahoos.

    January 5, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |

    what about the money the was recieved from over seas or foreign governments.... GIVE THAT MONEY BACK ALSO

    January 5, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  5. pam Eugene OR

    I am proud to say I helped with that. I also bought an Obama piggy bank from his web site for my grandchild. I believe our new President will leave me some money to put in it for her future.

    January 5, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  6. J.P..

    I didn't realize George Soros had 54,000 aliases.

    January 5, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  7. naqib

    Wonder if Galt is on there?

    January 5, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  8. Young voter

    I think it was the list of donors to his presidential campaign that people were question. Like those articles about how you could enter fake names and addresses with the credit card info and his website would take the donation anyway, and you could donate again with the same credit card but different name and different address and it will take it. But on John McCain's site, it did a verification so it wouldn't go through unless you had the name and address on file with the card.

    Not like McCain would have won anyway, but just sayin' how it's not the transitional donations that were in question.

    January 5, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  9. Barb

    OLD TIMER you are truly an old timer old ideas old thinking just old. Obama does not need money from over seas, the real American people are proud to donate to him and having him as their president.

    January 5, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  10. Scott NYC Independent

    I can't remember any other President that has done this.

    January 5, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  11. spoton

    release the presidential campaign donor list.let us evaluate for corruption.bill receives 100,000 and hillary give 5 mil

    January 5, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  12. Steve

    President-Elect Obama is showing more transparency with this revelation than the Bush Administration did in eight years.

    January 5, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  13. Ken

    What amazes me is that Obama is buying the "Presidency", and no one cares.

    What I am proud of is that I did not help get Obama elected. It still should have been Hillary Clinton that the majority of the voters wanted for our next President.

    January 5, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  14. Thomas

    I wonder if President Bush or anyone else in the Republican party would ever have done this?

    Not a bad start PEBO. Keep up the good work.

    January 5, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  15. Steph

    Transparency...Yeah! Keep up the great work.

    January 5, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  16. sham-WOW!

    Sadly, I did not give any funds to the transition thing. I donated an aggregate total of $1,150 during the the primaries and general election to Obama. I've done more than my share. I'm glad that so many others could continue to give.

    @ THE OLD TIMER: Your concern is legitimate, but there is no evidence that foreign governments contributed to the campaign. This is internet urban legend. There are US citizens all over the world that did donate to the Obama campaign. These Americans living abroad are entitled by law to contribute to a presidential campaign. Even the RNC and the McCain campaign recieved millions of dollars from Americans abroad.

    January 5, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  17. casper

    things are looking up.

    January 5, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  18. Kyzer Sosa

    Why is this such a big deal. I am happy with our new president. If he bought the presidency, so what...George Bush stole it. Talk about that.

    January 5, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  19. yellow dog democrat

    to "Ken" – nobody is "buying" the presidency! you fool! People donated because they connected with his message – just because he didn't take the "locked in" campaign funding like McCain chose to do – his choice – it takes money to get a message across – always has and always will....look at the commercials during the superbowls!! at least we are able to go to web sites and see who donated....transparency as promised and I believe that it will continue to be that way – so now go back to your cave and you computer and come up with another "lame" cry-baby posting!!

    January 5, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |

    ken-Hillary is not president and never will be so get over it. BTW, donors can do whatever they like with their money.

    January 5, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  21. Jina

    Ken – why should it have been Hillary when clearly voters thought otherwise? Because YOU happen to think so?

    Honestly, get over it already. Not everyone in the world is going to agree with you, and to accuse someone else of cheating because you didn't get your way is childish at best.

    January 5, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  22. Kevin R

    Statements like "Obama is buying the Presidency" made here show the complete ignorance that still exists.

    Obama has done what no other president has done to this level. He has made his Presidency as transparent as the current red-tape allows him to do.

    Its fine if you don't agree with all his policies, but you can't deny that he's done almost everything right so far. His cabinet picks and openness have been very re-freshing and even applauded by his opponents.

    This is a good sign people, don't let the loss of your preferred candidate blind you to the fact that this guy is 10000 times better than anything we've see in the last 20 years.

    January 5, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  23. Kenneth

    Ken ... How many times do you need to hear that Hillary Clinton lost due to an inadequate campaign and that Barack Obama is the President -Elect? Mr Obama IS NOT "buying" the presidency. He has loyal supporters who believe in his message of change. Not only did he run the best campaign in our recent history but he is also doing his best to live up to his campaign promise of a transparent government. He thinks issues through, speaks with his advisers, and then puts viable plans into action. If we have not learned anything from President Bush let's learn that no one man can run this country without sound judgment and the ability to listen to his advisers. Our country is divided not only racially but intellectually as well. Those who hang on to what they believe should have happened instead of embracing and supporting the new administration are not stupid but for whatever reason completely disconnected from the reality that we need to heal our country. The past 8 years have been devastating and our government is in dire need of restructuring. Mr. Obama has the intellect and has surrounded himself with extremely competent individuals who I believe can start the process of getting America back on track ... including Hillary Clinton. Stop looking for opportunities to bash our President-Elect and give change a chance ... that's all I'm saying.

    January 5, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  24. To the Haters

    Where in the article does it say ANYTHING AT ALL about Obama "buying" the Presidency?!! The American People voted, and they spoke Loud and Clear!! Whether you helped or not, makes NO difference. Obama will be OUR President! Hillary isn't whining, but sore losers like yourself just can't seem to quit crying. Get over it. The election is and has been OVER! It's time to focus on working together for the better of the Country! Is that all you have to contribute?! A bunch of sobbing and negativity?! Obviously the country has and never will 100% agree on a candidate..... bottom line is amidst our differences, there is always some common ground.... being able to take care of our families, pride in the fact the we live in a FREE Country and so on. You disagree with the choice that the majority of Americans made, because we live in a country that allows you to, that's fine. Throwing around false accusations and conspiracy theories shows ignorance. Divided we fall. In 4 years if things are worse than they are now, then you can brag about how you never supported Obama. But when they are better......... enjoy the ol' foot in mouth.

    I stand behind President elect Obama, and have confidence that he will do ALL he can to better our great country.

    January 5, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  25. 15 Days To Go

    Ken: How did Hillary raise her money? Has she released her donor list? What kind of money would she have had to raise and from who owing from your cynicism would have owed favours had she actually won the primaries which she didn't? Your silliness is endless.

    Spoton: PE Obama can not use contributions to his campaign or inaugaration to pay off Hillary's debt. It is against the law.

    The way I look at it PE Obama saved the taxpayers 85 million dollars by taking private funds.

    January 5, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
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