David Kirkpatrick

September 14, 2008

Obama raises $66M in August

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 9:29 am

Sixty six million in August is a record. No wonder the campaign team isn’t all that worried right now.

From the New York Times (first) link:

Presidential candidate Barack Obama raised a record $66 million in August, a campaign spokesman said on Sunday.

The latest figures confirmed a money advantage that Obama, a Democrat, is likely to have over Republican candidate John McCain.

The Obama spokesman said the August figure was helped by 500,000 new donors.

July 17, 2008

Obama has $52M June

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 12:11 pm

Once it hit mid-July without the Obama campign releasing June fundraising numbers, the quiet grumblings that his money generating machine had broken down became a lot louder. Speculation included donor fatigue and riling up the Netroots crowd, but no one really knew if Obama had a bad month or not.

That wait is over and the cassandras missed this one. The third option, that the Obama campaign was just being coy with the numbers, seems to be the winner. Obama raised $52 million in June.

From the second link:

“We have some big news we want to share with you,” campaign manager David Plouffe said in a message to supporters. “Because of your generosity and commitment, we’re reporting to the press today that this campaign is in a very strong financial position.”

The average contribution to the campaign, he said, was $68.

After breaking fund-raising records throughout the winter and spring, some supporters feared that Mr. Obama’s contributions had slowed considerably. In May, he raised $21.9 million, one of his weakest months.

When asked about the health of his fund-raising a few days ago, Mr. Obama played down any concern, telling reporters: “I think you guys should wait until we release our numbers to make a decision as to how underwhelming they are.”

Last week, Senator John McCain announced that he had raised $22 million in June, which was the best fund-raising month of his campaign. So while Mr. Obama’s $52 million haul is significantly higher, he also faces a bigger fund-raising burden because of his decision to not accept public financing.

April 3, 2008

Obama’s March fundraising remains strong

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 9:41 pm

Clinton’s March fundraising numbers have not been officially released, but it looks like Obama at least doubled her take.

From the link:

Forget Barack Obama’s $40 million fundraising haul in March. This looks to me to be the bigger story:

Clinton communications director Howard Wolfsonrefused to release Clinton’s specific fundraising take…. Wolfson said Clinton’s fundraising figures would not be made public until the Federal Election Commission required it be done in the middle of this month.

For those keeping track at home, the Clinton campaign released her disappointing but not disastrous $13+ million January total a couple of days into February and her impressive $35 million February take before the month was even over. So I think it’s safe to assume the March numbers hold some pretty dismal news. The only question is whether it’d be better to get it out of the way now or have it come out a few days before the Pennsylvania primary. The Clinton campaign has evidently concluded the latter.

Update: CNN reports, “Six hours after senior advisers to Hillary Clinton told reporters her March fundraising total would not be released until later this month, campaign sources tell CNN her campaign raised $20 million during that time period — about half of what rival Barack Obama took in for the month.”

Not good news, obviously, but less disastrous than it might have been. Perhaps the campaign decided it was better to get it out of the way three weeks before Pennsylvania after all. 

Christopher Orr

March 6, 2008

February Democratic fundraising

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 10:41 pm

Both Clinton and Obama had stellar fundraising in February. She announced last week something in the ballpark of $35 million. He announced today and bested her by about $20 million with around a $55 million February.

From the Marc Ambinder link above:

By the numbers, Sen. Barack Obama announced today that he has raised more than $54 million for the primaries from a stunning 727,972 contributors — fully 385,101 of whom were new. $45 million was raised online; 90% of the donations were $100 or smaller; 50% was $25 or smaller. The campaign says that a third of the new donors also participated in some sort of volunteer activity for the campaign.

Not to be outdone… ok, to be totally outdone, on a private Clinton campaign conference call for 600 of Hillraisers, the candidate waxed effusively about her (less) impressive February totals — “I don’t know how we could have done any of this without your support,” she said. Actually, most of it was done without their support. $32 million was raised, of which $30 million came from online sources. Clinton was upbeat. She said she had spoken this morning to the mayor of Philadelphia, Michael Nutter, and looked forward to returning to Pennsylvania, particularly to the Scranton-Wilkes-Barre area.

And it looks like the money isn’t slowing down