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Raking in Cash from Record Numbers

With less than a week left in the fundraising quarter, Sen. Barack Obama's campaign today peeled the curtain back just a sliver today to provide a glimpse of how the money hunt has been going.

In an e-mail to supporters, the campaign revealed that at this point 333,235 people have written checks to the campaign, a figure that suggests they have brought in at least an additional 75,000 new donors over the past three months.

That figure is smaller than those for the first two quarters, but is still a staggering one when compared to how other campaigns have traditionally done. In the first three months of this year, when campaigns had the most success drawing in new donors, Democratic front-runner Sen. Hillary Clinton took in money from 60,000 contributors.

What Obama's new donor figures say about the bottom-line dollar amount remains unclear. The large number of donors can be an important sign of grassroots support, but not necessarily a huge source of cash. Most of the 254,000 donors who accounted for the $59 million he raised over the first six months of 2007 gave less than $200. The larger contributions came from a smaller (but still hefty) subset of his supporters -- 34,318 people gave him more than $200. On the other hand, such a large number of small donors has left plenty of room for Obama to return to the same crowd and ask for more cash, something he has almost certainly done to some success over the summer.

The Obama e-mail that circulated today was not the first, nor will it be the last, that reminds supporters that there is less than a week left to contribute to each campaign's third-quarter fundraising totals. Fundraisers will do anything they can to create a high-pressure environment for donors.

The campaign of John Edwards sent its latest version of the last-moment appeal this morning as well. "With six days left until the end of the quarter, we're closing in on our goal of raising $1 million online by Sunday, September 30," the Edwards e-mail says. "Thousands of you have responded over the past three days--but your urgent support and that of your friends is needed today more than ever."

Campaigns will close out their books September 30, and formally report their results to the Federal Election Commission on Oct. 15.

--Matthew Mosk

By Washington Post editors  |  September 24, 2007; 5:38 PM ET
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Do voters truly understand what is at stake for their country? Hilary Clinton is an individual who has the interests of the American people at heart and, has proven that when her husband, Bill Clinton first took office. It was she who attempted to change the health care system for the univeral good of all. Since that time she has trained for the position of Leader of the Democratic Party and hopefully to lead the party to Victory and become President.
Did voters forget so soon the great financial state the country was in under Clintons reign? My thought is the United States must have a leader - trained to become it's CEO, particularly in these terrible times. It shouldn't matter she is white and a woman. All that should matter is there be a solid, well versed, qualified individual to handle a most forbidding undertaking. But media seems to be the educator of the people - who choose not to understand and belatedly mourn the difficulties of the country. This is true of any country.

Posted by: marlenestobbart | September 25, 2007 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Well gee! Why are there so many individuals giving to Obama and so few to Hilary? Four to one donations go to Obama.

"That figure is smaller than those for the first two quarters, but is still a staggering one when compared to how other campaigns have traditionally done."

Beating Hilary by $10 million? Let's watch the Washington establishment press spin this. I guess we're doing a great job in Iraq, The President is acting constitutionally and Hilary has it all wrapped up. Wake up folks, watch what's happening on the ground. It's staggering!

Posted by: thebobbob | September 25, 2007 3:38 PM | Report abuse

It is exaggerations, and complete untruths wholely unsupported by any honest, considered, dispassionate evidence at all, such those asserted by "afraidofme" that sank John Kerry's campaign. If such false, extremist claims continue to be carelessly bandied about during the coming campaign, the american public will once again turn away from the Democratic party, and it will result in the same results in '08 as happened in '04.

Why can't people just stick to saying or claiming things that they know at least a little something about? Instead so many people can't stop saying or writing things that are absurd on their face and without merit on the facts. It is a shame that lying has become so acceptable in the political lexicon and discourse in this country that such comments as those by "afraidofme" risk becoming mainstream for so many people who are afraid that the simple truth isn't good enough to be pursuaive anymore.

Posted by: wmdh | September 25, 2007 2:24 PM | Report abuse

femalenick writes
"And I am giving the maximum permitted by law to Hillary Clinton's campaign this Sunday - a first for me as well."

Interesting. Your comment also falls into the pattern of HRC supporters being more likely to donate the max. She seems to inspire fewer people, but the percentage of those that donate the max is higher. I wonder why that is?

Posted by: bsimon | September 25, 2007 10:38 AM | Report abuse

And I am giving the maximum permitted by law to Hillary Clinton's campaign this Sunday - a first for me as well.

So it isn't just Obama who is attracting first time contributors. Hillary has her core supporters, and then there are those of us who admire her and believe she is the best candidate for the presidency.

Posted by: femalenick | September 25, 2007 3:02 AM | Report abuse

I too, have never donated any money to any political candidate, but i intend to donate to Obama's campaign before sunday.

Posted by: julieds | September 25, 2007 12:33 AM | Report abuse

there is a game going on,

called hide the dishonesty.... if the NSA had any balls, they would be a little less partisan, and a little less greedy

about destroying other countries economies or letting the United States get taken over by INTERNATIONALISTS INTERESTS...

wiretapping is being used, not to monitor but to increase the probability that the bush family interests get served...

if this were 1952

these guys would be shot for treason.


there is no "war," in IRAQ...


the rich, corrupt and elitist interests of bushCO and CRONYs, STEAL MONEY FROM THE COFFERS OF THE UNITED STATES...

as our infrastructure crashes and burns, our manufacturing is gone and our blue collar MIDDLE CLASS JOBS, WHITE COLLAR COMPUTER JOBS, CUSTOMER SERVICE JOBS, get sent overseas so that corporate bottom liners can make a


so now, with AMERICANS OUT OF WORK or working at retail or jobs that pay them 15% of what they used to make...

the elitists start selling off AMERICAN PROPERTIEs, Corporations, mines, farms, etc.... to make that money...

BLACKWATER COMPANY IS AN EXAMPLE OF A MONEY PIT.... put the money in, what do you get....advertising for "war," an attempt to get you to spend U.S. TAX DOLLARS ON SOMETHING THAT GENERATES NO THING...

war for war's sake doesn't generate a better world.... since it is UNNECESSARY it depletes the economy....since it is a lie, it creates despair over there and in the United States....


if we _needed_ to kill people we could nuclear flash the middle east and move in...this is about getting the government to spend money.

we don't need to be herded by fabricated "war" stories, niether do we need to havea false flag attack in_country, or attack or instigate conflict w/IRAQ

because Boy George, wants to keep troops in IRAQ for 30 YEARS so he gets a payoff from the oil....and AMERICAN TAXPAYERS PAY FOR HIS BANKROLLING...

can you say collusion with SANDBROs against the United States best interests?

bring the whole team in and take over the whitehouse

Hillary, Obama, Edwards, Gore, Dennis K., Joe Biden....

make AMERICA right again, in a good way.


Posted by: afraidofme | September 25, 2007 12:29 AM | Report abuse

Why does Washington post spend a lot energy
publishing articles with a clear need of destroying Obama.
It's been 6 months, I have never seen Washington post publish an article that helps readers raise doubts about Hillary ability to be presiden, the high negative opinion people have against her or questionning the effectiveness of Hillary campaign and strategies.
When you bring critics about Hillary it's always to fix her mess...trying to help her.
What type of media are you ?
Are you of bunch of Hillary's friends packed in a small office publishing all these articles or something else ?
Right now it looks like you have a beef against Obama. Actually that negative energy you spreading against Obama over internet helps my support for Obama go stronger and stronger and we will make it the day of the election.. We will vote for him and your funny articles will NOT CHANGE a thing about that..
I'm 100% sure that this post won't be shown because it does not venerate Hillary.

Posted by: unfait | September 24, 2007 11:57 PM | Report abuse

Hilary has very little chance winning White House. It will be another Kerry saga palyed by Rove. As we close to election day, Hilary will spark negativism and down-fall Dems hope for Presidency.

All Dems need to rally behind Obama, he has a broader appeal in both sides. Obama need to come out aggressively in fore front.

Posted by: jamila_morsheda | September 24, 2007 11:20 PM | Report abuse

I have given to Obama in the first 2 quarters and plan to donate again this week.
I have never donated to any candidate before so, this is how much I really want this guy to be our next president. I also volunteer as well.
both my husband and I support Obama

Posted by: vwcat | September 24, 2007 7:38 PM | Report abuse

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