Obama outraises Romney for first time in months
September 10th, 2012
03:58 AM ET
10 years ago

Obama outraises Romney for first time in months

(CNN) - President Barack Obama's re-election campaign and supporting committees brought in more than $114 million last month – the first time the incumbent has outraised his opponent, Gov. Mitt Romney, since April.

Obama’s Campaign Manager Jim Messina announced the figure for August late Sunday night.

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Romney’s campaign brought in $111 million last month.

But for three months in a row – June, July, August – Romney’s camp brought in more than $100 million, with $106 million in June and $101 million in July.

“No celebrating, because they're going to have an even bigger September. But now we know we can match them, doing this our way,” tweeted the Obama campaign.

August’s fundraising statistics mark a drastic improvement for the Obama campaign.

Team Obama and the Democratic National Committee only managed to bring in $75 million in July and even less in June: only $71 million.

Of the 1,170,000 people who donated in August, 317,954 of them were new donors who had yet to contribute to this election cycle, the Obama campaign said.

Since April 2011, 3,142,457 people have offered their dollars to the president’s re-election efforts.

The campaign also said 98% of contributions last month were $250 or less, with the average donation totaling $58.

“That is a critical down payment on the organization we are building across the country – the largest grassroots campaign in history,” Messina said.

Filed under: 2012 • Fundraising • President Obama
soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. David

    Obama 2012

    Forward on the path to a fair debt reduction plan, and increased manufacturing jobs. Don't believe the GOP lies!

    September 10, 2012 04:25 am at 4:25 am |
  2. Coming Soon

    Sorry camp Obama, I've been a bit behind on the giving, but I got your back in the next two months' fundraising my time and my money-just keep them money coming for now!!!

    September 10, 2012 04:34 am at 4:34 am |
  3. Bob Logan

    This is a joke.

    Think of the money wasted electing a political official. Generally, he or she that raises the most money wins. I guess that makes it legal to buy an election. Just think of all that money that is spent on elections that could go to social programs, infrastructure repairs, medical research, health coverage, education etc.

    Why do we allow this??? Do we need this obscene show of wealth and gamesmanship? I think it is disgusting.

    How about, we give each candidate, X dollars to get elected once they are selected by the major parties, including the Green Party and then play it out.

    September 10, 2012 04:48 am at 4:48 am |
  4. Dirk

    Just imagine all that money being used for other than reelection purposes!

    September 10, 2012 04:57 am at 4:57 am |
  5. Donaldbain

    It's a disgraceful message that it costs this much money to run successfully for the presidency of the US. Basically a billion dollars, each. So the very best candidate with no money could run against the worst possible candidate with tons of money and lose by being outspent on attack ads and everyone would be ok with that? Really?

    September 10, 2012 05:03 am at 5:03 am |
  6. hal

    Big deal....extra 3 million....

    September 10, 2012 05:03 am at 5:03 am |
  7. Michael Lee

    everything is going obamas way towards the finish line

    looks like Ryans 3 hour finish...just isnt good enough lmao

    September 10, 2012 05:13 am at 5:13 am |
  8. NoTags

    Hopefully, the American public is catching on to how phony both Romney and Ryan actually are, and not contributing to them.

    In another article Romney stated that the GOP made a 'big mistake' voting for the sequestration bill. Actually, the GOP's 'big mistake' was nominating Mitt the twit and Eddie Munster.

    September 10, 2012 05:24 am at 5:24 am |
  9. Bart

    Does the contribution to Obama include the commercials for Obama by the liberal media (abc, cbs, nbc, cnn)?

    September 10, 2012 05:25 am at 5:25 am |
  10. Name

    We need to continue on supporting our president to help keep him in office

    September 10, 2012 05:45 am at 5:45 am |
  11. gwats

    This is the stretch run. If you believe in you Candidate, you dig deep and contribute. I intend to donate up to my legal maximum for the President.

    September 10, 2012 05:54 am at 5:54 am |
  12. Peter Wolfe

    My first ccomment is that this money could be limited and being spent on more productive endeavors like charities and putting restrictions on public funds for every campaign. Secondly, I think it is time for moderate democrats and independants to donate this season now not later for Obama! I voted the other side and realize that being a middle class voter means to vote for justice not to subsedize Europe. Time to donate $5.00 or more to the campaign and no I'm not a volunteer nor worker for the Obama machine.

    September 10, 2012 06:13 am at 6:13 am |
  13. World Peace 4 Ever

    Finally people are remembering what GOPers are doing with party of no and tea party; party all they will but at the end last laugh will be for the people.

    September 10, 2012 06:26 am at 6:26 am |
  14. Robert

    Obama so loved the poor, he created millions more.

    September 10, 2012 06:38 am at 6:38 am |
  15. Doug

    Go Obama.. Who on earth would vote for Robme and Lyin Ryan.. Those two losers will turn the clocks in this country back by 100 years... We can't let this happen !

    September 10, 2012 06:42 am at 6:42 am |
  16. Marie MD

    This will make them try to keep people from voting even more. The conventions just proved who is best for the country. FORWARD 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I
    I watched all I could stomach of Meet the Press yesterday. If that non working wife brings up her MS one more time I am going to scream. MS is a horrible disease and for people who don't have healthcare or a lot of $$$ or a therapy horse she never seems to use it's even worse.
    On one hand we have Mrs. Obama's father who was in pain but still got up every morning and using a walker and went to work. On the other hand we have the witch trying to get sympathy votes. It won't work!!!

    September 10, 2012 06:42 am at 6:42 am |
  17. korkea aika

    I wonder how many small donations Romney has received? I have never seen that statistic. It must be with his tax returns.

    September 10, 2012 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  18. balogun moruf

    lets give president barrack obama another chance to deliver more and opponents should go and rest!

    September 10, 2012 06:45 am at 6:45 am |
  19. Texas GOP

    I sent Obama my check and I hope all the independent voters do the same. The Billionaires and Millionaires are contributing big to Mitt and Dan Quayle, Jr.

    September 10, 2012 06:49 am at 6:49 am |
  20. EdR

    I wonder what motivated people the most to contribute to Obama, the DNC or the RNC?

    September 10, 2012 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
  21. Griff.

    "Jobs gone up? Oppinion Polls gone up? And now this?? You actually expect anyone to believe this?? The only thing that's really risen is Obama's Lies!."

    September 10, 2012 06:53 am at 6:53 am |
  22. Jack

    Obama Donations: Over 3 million people
    Romney Donations: a few thousand rich people rich people.

    September 10, 2012 07:01 am at 7:01 am |
  23. liberal disease

    those Rich capitalist libs are everywhere! why they want to vote for this guy and pay more taxes is really beyond any logical reasoning, then again libs don't think, they react... i hope he takes everything that you have and throws it down the toilet on another handout or a solyndra

    September 10, 2012 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
  24. john ritcher

    Of course he did. The upper middle class and rich hollywood actors love him. But remember hes for the poor and working class.

    September 10, 2012 07:13 am at 7:13 am |
  25. mary

    Glad to see the $$$ coming in. I'm a senior citizen and I'm going to send in my $50 any day now....Hey you Social Security and Medicare&Medicade recipitants (Florida in particular))-listen up!...If you think for 1 minute that we are really not going to be effected by the Romney/Ryan-overhaul and voucher system then you are kidding yourselves..I don't care what your feelings for Obama are -if you vote this duo into office you are sealing your own fate and that of your grown children. Wake up seniors! Why would you even want to chance it-WHY ????

    September 10, 2012 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
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