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Obama Raised Half a Billion Online

By Jose Antonio Vargas
Barack Obama raised half a billion dollars online in his 21-month campaign for the White House, dramatically ushering in a new digital era in presidential fundraising.

In an exclusive interview with The Post, members of the vaunted Triple O, Obama's online operation, broke down the numbers: 3 million donors made a total of 6.5 million donations online adding up to more than $500 million. Of those 6.5 million donations, 6 million were in increments of $100 or less. The average online donation was $80, and the average Obama donor gave more than once.

"You looked at the money being raised online in the same way that you looked at the crowds who came to the rallies," Joe Rospars, the 27-year-old director of Obama's new-media department, told The Post. "You were constantly surprised at the number of people who were coming out to see him," and, when it came to online donations, "people exceeded our expectations as to what they were willing to do."

Obama also raised millions from traditional campaign bundlers -- rich, well-connected fundraisers -- but the bulk of the more than $600 million that Obama raised throughout the campaign was through the Internet, aides said. (Some of those bundlers, of course, also arranged for donations to be made online, so there is some overlap.)

In September, his single biggest month of fundraising, Obama amassed more than 65 percent of his record-shattering haul -- $100 million of the $150 million -- from online donations, aides said. After Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin dismissed the value of community organizing in her acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention on Sept. 3 -- "I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a community organizer, except that you have actual responsibilities," she said to applause -- Obama raised $10 million within 24 hours.

Linnie Frank Bailey, a 52-year-old mother of two in Riverside, Calif., is such a donor. In the past two years, she gave a total of $120.40, mostly in $10 increments. She made her last $10 online donation two days before the election.

The campaign's use of e-mail, text messages and social networking sites, also called "socnets," has been closely watched by technocrats, strategists and OPOs -- the online political operatives who stand to benefit from Obama's unprecedented online success. Here are some more specific figures from the campaign:

  • Obama's e-mail list contains upwards of 13 million addresses. Over the course of the campaign, aides sent more than 7,000 different messages, many of them targeted to specific donation levels (people who gave less than $200, for example, or those who gave more than $1,000). In total, more than 1 billion e-mails landed in inboxes. (Four years ago, Sen. John F. Kerry had 3 million e-addresses on his list; former Vermont governor Howard Dean had 600,000.)

  • A million people signed up for Obama's text-messaging program. On the night Obama accepted the Democratic nomination at Invesco Field in Denver, more than 30,000 phones among the crowd of 75,000 were used to text in to join the program. On Election Day, every voter who'd signed up for alerts in battleground states got at least three text messages. Supporters on average received five to 20 text messages per month, depending on where they lived -- the program was divided by states, regions, zip codes and colleges -- and what kind of messages they had opted to receive.

  • On MyBarackObama.com, or MyBO, Obama's own socnet, 2 million profiles were created. In addition, 200,000 offline events were planned, about 400,000 blog posts were written and more than 35,000 volunteer groups were created -- at least 1,000 of them on Feb. 10, 2007, the day Obama announced his candidacy. Some 3 million calls were made in the final four days of the campaign using MyBO's virtual phone-banking platform. On their own MyBO fundraising pages, 70,000 people raised $30 million. The campaign even set up a grassroots finance committee that was inspired by the national finance committee's high-dollar bundlers. In the grassroots committee, though, supporters were trained to collect small-dollar donations from their friends, relatives and co-workers.

  • Obama has 5 million supporters in other socnets. He maintained a profile in more than 15 online communities, including BlackPlanet, a MySpace for African Americans, and Eons, a Facebook for baby boomers. On Facebook, where about 3.2 million signed up as his supporters, a group called Students for Barack Obama was created in July 2007. It was so effective at energizing college-age voters that senior aides made it an official part of the campaign the following spring. And Facebook users did vote: On Facebook's Election 2008 page, which listed an 800 number to call for voting problems, more than 5.4 million users clicked on an "I Voted" button to let their Facebook friends know that they made it to the polls. (Talk about online peer pressure.)

No other major campaign this cycle put technology and the Internet at the heart of its operation at this scale. Inevitably, the scope of the operation was the envy, if not outright obsession, of other campaigns. "It doesn't matter if you're a Republican or a Democrat, if you care about how technology has changed campaigning, you watched what they were doing," said Mindy Finn, who worked on President Bush's eCampaign team in 2004 and supervised Mitt Romney's online strategy. Rospars reported directly to David Plouffe, the campaign manager -- most Internet directors did not have that kind of relationship -- and his work was promoted by Julius Genachowski, a longtime friend of Obama who served as the campaign's chief technology advisor.

Genachowski now sits on Obama's transition team and is rumored to be the top candidate for the post of national chief technology officer, a forthcoming Cabinet-level position in the Obama White House. While other campaigns employed Internet teams -- including Sens. Hillary Clinton and John McCain -- none had the resources of Rospars, who had a staff of at least 13 during the early months of the primaries. That number consistently grew during the general campaign, though exactly by how many -- some speculate upwards of 30 -- he continues to decline to say.

What is known is that Rospars had a design team that developed content for BarackObama.com, as well as staffers who scoured the Web, then peppered it with ads to drive people to the site. (For Obama supporters on Facebook, it was nearly impossible to be on the site at any given moment and not see an Obama ad.) A critical group known as the "analytics team" measured everything that went in and out of the site -- tracking which ad at what time drew the most traffic and what kinds of e-mails from the campaign got opened and read most.

(If the site was the car, the analytics team served as its mechanic, tuning and tweaking as needed in a 24-hour online cycle. Usually, campaigns hire outside vendors to do all this work. Not Obama, whose campaign mirrored a Silicon Valley start-up.)

Genachowski, whom Triple O staffers such as Scott Goodstein, 34, refer to as "the godfather," set up the multifaceted digital operation. In early 2007, Genachowski brought in Rospars, who co-founded his own online consulting firm and worked on Dean's online-fueled campaign, to be the campaign's new media director, and Kevin Malover, a veteran of online travel agency Orbitz, to be chief technology officer. In an interview in May 2007, Genachowski told us: "We may be the only campaign with a full-time chief technology officer." While Rospars was in charge of the entire political operation, Malover helped build software and took care of integrating data and voter files.

"The technology now has made it a lot easier for everyday people to participate. It's made it easier for campaigns, too. The technology allows us to build a platform and see if people come," said Genachowski.

And come they did.

The big question now is, how will all this online energy translate in the Obama White House? Change.gov, his transition site, went up two days after he was elected, though with a bit of a glitch. Last Friday, his team announced that his radio address will also be videotaped and archived on YouTube. Yesterday, Plouffe sent an e-mail with the subject line that read: "Where we go from here." With the inauguration just 61 days away, the transition team sent a detailed, four-page survey asking supporters for their input into how the Obama administration should move forward.

It's volunteer-centric: After filling out their demographic and contact information, supporters are asked whether they'd like to volunteer in their communities (and how many hours they're willing to put in) and instructed to check off the issues that they are most interested in.

Chris Hughes, 24, one of the youngest members of Triple O, told The Post: "What we've learned from this campaign is that there's huge potential for people that haven't been involved in politics to discover that, yes, this is something that impacts me. Even before I joined the campaign, the fundamental premise was to help put the political process into people's own hands. That was the value from the start of the campaign, that was the value at the end of the campaign, and it's not going away."

This is one in a series of online columns on our growing "clickocracy," in which we are one nation under Google, with e-mail and video for all. Please send suggestions, comments and tips to vargasj@washpost.com.

By Web Politics Editor  |  November 20, 2008; 8:00 PM ET
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Obama08 campaign conducted one of the best Internet marketing campaigns that rivals Apple and other top brands.

Small businesses and marketers can learn a lot from Obama's Web 2.0 and Internet marketing strategy.

http://obama20marketing.blogspot.com/2008/11/how-obama-08-campaign-embraced-internet.html

Posted by: SavvyGrind | November 25, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

He raised illegal contributions. You don't believe me? Go here: http://blog.jaluo.com/?p=1233
This is a Kenyan blog with requests for donations. If you search the Kenyan press you can find many more examples of these illegal requests. The man needs to be investigated by the FEC.

Posted by: marcjoan | November 22, 2008 11:47 PM | Report abuse

I was a McCain supporter and feel that Senator Obama was unethical in choosing to do without public funds after confirming that he would do so, and after the McCain campaign was committed to accepting same, which of course resulted in a hugely unfair balance of campaign power. This does not leave me with a good feeling about Obama's interest in fairness or honesty. He didn't even need that such an advantage in light of the MSM's overwhelming allegience to him.

And yet, after raising all those funds, he STILL is campaigning for MORE via email, (I know because somehow I ended up on his enormous mailing list--maybe because I once communicated by email with my democratic congressman?), to overcome the huge DEBT that the campaign amassed to assure victory! I think President-elect Obama's penchant for SPENDING does not bode well for our national debt or our economy in the long run.

Nonetheless, as a Christian it is my duty to pray that God grant him wisdom and integrity as our soon to be leader. Otherwise we will all pay for bad policy.

I do congratulate him for overcoming the racial barrier and for his techno-savvy which we can all learn from.

Posted by: lindutch | November 22, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Retired Army Vet said: "I did the math and if just the people who voted for Obama would contribute $100 per month..... over $76 trillion would be raised in one year.... We can do this America....we can fix our own problems...Let's pull America up by our boot straps like our folks did during WW2."

While I applaud your enthusiasm, Vet, your math is incorrect. You mean $76 billion (64+ million times $1,200 per year). This points out the massive economic problems we are facing.

I'm not sure about the accuracy of the following, but I just did a Google search for the cost of the bailouts and found this:

Total so far... $3.8 trillion:

AIG $122
Automakers $25
Bear Stearns $29.5
Commercial Banks $108
Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac $150
Investment Banks $102
Loans to buy ABCP $108
Swap Lines $519
(FHA) Federal Housing Administration $300
(MMIFF) Money Market Investor Funding Facility $540
(TAF) Term Auction Facility $900
(TARP) Treasury Asset Relief Program $700
(TSLF) Term Securities Lending Facility $225

Now, in all fairness, many of the bailouts are in the form of "loans," so there is no telling yet how much could be paid back. But, none of the above includes "normal" government spending, so the massive scale of what the government is doing now has to be viewed in perspective.

In all of 2006, the IRS took in $1.02 trillion in income taxes. The war in Iraq, alone, has exceeded that total.

I'm afraid your idea of raising $76 billion voluntarily won't pay for very much of our excesses, even if you believe you can get 64+ million people to voluntarily give up $1,200 a year.

Posted by: wholland | November 22, 2008 4:06 AM | Report abuse

My husband and I were among the millions who donated repeatedly over the course of the past year. Obama's campaign was a miracle of public involvement in funding, volunteering and getting out the vote. Any criticism of that success is just this...SOUR GRAPES! Your man woulda if he coulda but he just didn't get it.

Posted by: Dema | November 22, 2008 12:41 AM | Report abuse

U-BETTER-FEAR-ALLA-THE-ABBA-OBAMA-JUST-B-KUZ-U-GOT-ALOT-OF-THE-MARK-OF-THE-BEAST-DONT-LET-IT-TAKE-U-2-HELL-ONLY-WAY-OUT-IS-THE-WINEPRESS-PROJECT-4-IT-IS-WRITTEN-4-IT-WILL-B-DONE-SAYITH-THE-LORD

Posted by: BRAIANFRANKLINJAWAD | November 21, 2008 11:55 PM | Report abuse

YES ,
I GUESS YOU COULD SAY HE DID A GREAT JOB....FOR A CROOK.....HE FAIRED PRETTY WELL -- 'COURSE , HE REFUSES AN AUDIT YET EXPECTS MCCAIN TO COMPLY...WHICH HE WILL BECAUSE HE DOESN'T HAVE ANYTHING TO FEAR...
OH YES, HE'S A STRAIGHT TALKER ? HE'S A CON MAN - A DARN GOOD ONE ....MUST BE NICE TO MAKE YOUR OWN RULES KNOWING THAT IF ANYONE CONTRADICTS YOU ..YOU'VE ALREADY COVERRED YOUR AH , WHATEVER... I'D LOVE TO SEE SOME OF THESE FACES WHEN THEY FIND OUT THEY'VE BEEN SNOOKERED....BUT THEN AGAIN I HATE TO THINK OF ALL YOU PEOPLE BEING TAKEN TO THE CLEANERS. HOWEVER, YOU MAY BE SO BRAINWASHED BY NOW YOU WON'T KNOW THE DIFFERENCE... UUMMMMM?

Posted by: myworld | November 21, 2008 11:18 PM | Report abuse

YES ,
I GUESS YOU COULD SAY HE DID A GREAT JOB....FOR A CROOK.....HE FAIRED PRETTY WELL -- 'COURSE , HE REFUSES AN AUDIT YET EXPECTS MCCAIN TO COMPLY...WHICH HE WILL BECAUSE HE DOESN'T HAVE ANYTHING TO FEAR...
OH YES, HE'S A STRAIGHT TALKER ? HE'S A CON MAN - A DARN GOOD ONE ....MUST BE NICE TO MAKE YOUR OWN RULES KNOWING THAT IF ANYONE CONTRADICTS YOU ..YOU'VE ALREADY COVERRED YOUR AH , WHATEVER... I'D LOVE TO SEE SOME OF THESE FACES WHEN THEY FIND OUT THEY'VE BEEN SNOOKERED....BUT THEN AGAIN I HATE TO THINK OF ALL YOU PEOPLE BEING TAKEN TO THE CLEANERS. HOWEVER, YOU MAY BE SO BRAINWASHED BY NOW YOU WON'T KNOW THE DIFFERENCE... UUMMMMM?

Posted by: myworld | November 21, 2008 11:15 PM | Report abuse


DO YOU SUPPOSE HE INCLUDED HIMSELF WHEN HE KEPT SAYING "SHARE THE WEALTH"?

CONSIDERING HIS AUNT LIVING PRACTICALLY IN POVERTY, IN GOVERNMENT PROJECT - AND HIS BROTHER IN KENYA LIVING THE WAY HE DOES..AND HE IS LIVING IN A HOUSE WORTH OVER 3 MILLION---.DO YOU REALLY THINK HE IS GOING TO CARE HOW YOU LIVE? BOY, THAT'S FAITH....

Posted by: myworld | November 21, 2008 11:03 PM | Report abuse

Vargas, you have been scooped. Peruse the June issue of the Atlantic, "The Amazing Money Machine".

Obama's Chicago flatlanders might be able to play a passable game of Pong but it took Silicon Valley brains and talent to think outside the box far enough to conceive of the system, sell it to the politicos and design the tools.

Posted by: jamesv2 | November 21, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

No-the big question is will the FEC ever investigate. There were so many irregularities, and BO never relaesed the under $200 donations like McCain did. The question comes up again. What was he hiding?

Posted by: thejaner | November 21, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Consider if the roles had been reversed.

Obama opts for the 85 Million in taxpayer provided funds.

After saying he would do the same, McCain decides he can get way more in donations than Obama, and thus opts out. He ultimately earns between 600 million and a billion dollars in donations and is thus able to outspend Obama in virtually every market.

McCain wins the Electoral vote in a landslide (though the popular vote is much closer).

If this had happended, you can believe the MSM would all be trying to out do themselves portraying the McCain campaign as having "bought" the election.

So much for campaign finance reform. This is such a double standard.

Posted by: MDLaxer | November 21, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

While Obama was raising a half billion dollars...Palin was up in Alaska selling off the Governor's plane because it was a waste of taxpayers money. She did that long before she became a VP candidate or the laughing stock of the campaign.

No she didn't raise money, she just cut back on spending. Gee, what a novel idea.

Posted by: ustimes | November 21, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Great! Can we use the leftovers to pay down the national debt?

Posted by: Annisha | November 21, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

It was obvious to me that lots of money could be raised on the internet. I was surprised that Kerry did not do more in 2004.
Obama's store containing campaign memorabilia must have raised millions. I noticed that McCain contracted out his campaign buttons, etc, rather than selling them through his website and collecting the profits himself.

Posted by: spro | November 21, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse

I am one of those supporters who set up a MYBO profile on Feb 10, 2007 and signed up to give a monthly contribution of $25. As the campaign kicked off, I hosted my first house party before the Iowa caucus using the event planning tool. The online resources empowered ordinary people to grow the Obama community into a powerful movement for change.

This was accomplished by a community organizer. His rivals have not learned the lessons of empowering others to solve problems so they could not duplicate this effort. The movement is sustainable. We are still working online to bring change to Washington.

Posted by: arizona7 | November 21, 2008 11:29 AM | Report abuse

The way money was raised for the Obama-Biden campaign can be used to build a "national fund" to pay for the Wall Street bailout and The National Debt for that matter. Just create the fund and let citizens who WANT to contribute do so. Just give me a tax credit of $1000 in addition to all existing tax credits for every $100 I donate. Anything under $100 give me a tax credit for exactly what I donate. I did the math and if just the people who voted for Obama would contribute $100 per month..... over $76 trillion would be raised in one year.... We can do this America....we can fix our own problems...Let's pull America up by our boot straps like our folks did during WW2.

Retired Army Vet

Posted by: cqsr63 | November 21, 2008 9:57 AM | Report abuse

The WaPo again ignores the hundreds of millions of dollars from doners whose identities were deliberately made unverifiable by BO through diablement of the online-donation software. So how much of BO's campaign was financed by illegal, non-citizenry sources is unknown, and, it seems, the WaPo and all other so-called major "journalists" don't object to this scofflaw situation. How obaminable!

Posted by: DoTheRightThing | November 21, 2008 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Says a lot about Bush's popularity . . . .

Posted by: wardropper | November 21, 2008 8:58 AM | Report abuse

The OBAMA online campaign represented real "public financing". That other system represented "government financing" There were so many holes in the government financing, I supported BARACK'S decision to forego it. Until somthing is done about the 527s and other interest groups being able to run paralell campaings for their choices, I don't see how it will ever work. This is the first campaign that the everyday citizen had a chance to compete with the fat cats, and it's clear to see that the people are once again in the game. This will forever change the way the money game will be played in national politics. This new paradigm will force the politicians to get more involved in grass roots, community organizing efforts in order to get millions of people to support them instead of millions of dollars from a few insiders. This is good for AMERICA. In their own way, the people know what is best for themselves and their country. This time they won.

Posted by: idallasj11 | November 21, 2008 8:53 AM | Report abuse

I agree with chris76543. Yes, Obama had a good campaign operation, but the secret to his success was not the millions of dunning emails I received -- they were quite annoying -- or the dunning phone calls I received -- I told them to buzz off -- or the young man working for Obama who looked straight at the sign on my front door that says, "Going door-to-door? Please go away" and banged on it -- I asked him if he had trouble reading. I sent him money *despite* these things, because we have had a horrific eight years of poor leadership, our economy is collapsing, we are in two wars, our civil liberties have been undermined, and our world standing is in the toilet -- this election really really mattered, and Obama was the best choice for the job.

Posted by: nunyo555 | November 21, 2008 8:45 AM | Report abuse

Million or Billion? Regardless, the donations need scruitny. If this were any other politician, there would already be an audit under way. What is the problem here? This is the man that said he would take Public Campaign Financing and supported it strongly as a Senator. But that was before he knew even our Presidency is For Sale. Sounds like a POLITICIAN to me.

Posted by: Texan2007 | November 21, 2008 8:30 AM | Report abuse

I think that the Obama team did a fantastic online effort. They really got the technology like no other campaign or marketing effort I have ever seen

However, they did not use the technology to make any sort of verification on the donors. For example, the credit card name/address check was disabled. I, for one, being from an immigrant community, know a number of illegals or jut foreigners using a US address who donated thousands, albeit by small amounts. At first, I did not believe it. Then one of my friends showed me the email Thank yous he had received from the campaign for the $750 in total he donated over several months. But when we search the online donors database, he did not show up. So we tried this with a couple other names of people who we know donated online, even though they were inelligible. Same thing. I think it is important that the Obama campaign make a full disclosure of all its donor list. All of it. This would be to avoid the impression that non-Americans were able to buy an American presidency.

I think that the Washington Post would also be well served to investigate this issue along with these articles of praise. There is a problem when you only see the upside of raising half a billion online and don't see the downside of all of these anonymous donations.

Posted by: RoseL1 | November 21, 2008 8:18 AM | Report abuse

The big question is how much of Obama's success can be translated to other people's campaigns in the future. I suspect it is not too transferrable. Obama led a movement, most candidates are just ordinary politicians.

Posted by: andrewp111 | November 21, 2008 7:38 AM | Report abuse

Since Obama's aunt who was here in the US illegally was able to repeatedly contribute to his campaign (illegally), they obviously were not vetting the contributors to see if they were allowed to contribute under U.S. law. This is one of the many things I did not see the liberal media even mention, much less investigate! As usual, this article is simply one of praise instead of actual journalistic reporting.

Posted by: Georgetowner1 | November 21, 2008 6:52 AM | Report abuse

Barack & co. have basically reformed campaign finance as we know it. A truly revolutionary campaign. We need more reform, but the list of what we need is overwhelming. Thank God for his energy.

Posted by: bsumpter3 | November 21, 2008 4:03 AM | Report abuse

Barack & co. have basically reformed campaign finance as we know it. A truly revolutionary campaign. We need more reform, but the list of what we need is overwhelming. Thank God for his energy.

Posted by: bsumpter3 | November 21, 2008 4:03 AM | Report abuse

One reason that Barack Obama did raise all those small donations from so many supporters is that he got them engaged online not only on his website but on the social media websites as well. He also did this much more effectively than John McCain. People who feel more engaged in a political campaign are more likely to participate and give money.

I did an social media and SEO case study of the Barack Obama and John McCain campaigns, looking at 29 different metrics. Barack Obama won on 27 of them, John McCain won 1, and there was a tie on 1.

In some cases Obama beat McCain by 30%, some by 300% and some by 3000%. He had 290% for Facebook supporters than McCain and 1235% more notes on Facebook.

Unlike Obama, John McCain didn't even bother sending a get out the vote message for his supporters on Twitter (he had 4911, Obama had 115,623). His last message on Twitter was oct 24th.

McCain’s social network page has only 3 suggested social media sites, Obama’s suggests 16.

He won online not only because his online campaign performed so well and his policies were more appealing to young people and online content creators. He also won because John McCain's online efforts were so inept.

my complete study is here
http://adultaddstrengths.com/2008/11/05/obama-vs-mccain-social-media/

Posted by: pete15 | November 21, 2008 3:19 AM | Report abuse

I just hope he's as savvy with the governments economic situation as he was with his campaigns. My guess is he'll do better than any other could do under the circumstances.

http://www.HopeWon.com

Posted by: HopeWonDotCom | November 21, 2008 2:28 AM | Report abuse

Chris 76543, I am also one of those small online donors. my husband and I would give between 20 and 50 each month to Obama. We never gave to a politician before.
You are right. It was a strong desire to do whatever, including giving our little bits, if it meant getting him elected.
He said what he would do and is trying now to fullfill that promise despite the brain dead pundits who still cannot figure out what change is.
They seem to think it means putting in a bunch of inexperience, unknown rookies.
Change means so much more. It means changing the way Washington works and streamlining and modernizing it. To kill of the culture wars and the left vs right divide. End the big vs small government and make it about effective government. Ect.
this is what we elected Obama for and why we supported him. To see government actually work for the people and to have people who were more concerned about the good of the country rather then being self obsessed and about themselves and their greed.
it's about service.

Posted by: vwcat | November 21, 2008 12:19 AM | Report abuse

The Washington Post needs to fix the title of this article! It should say Million not Billion. A bad mistake for a supposedly reputable newspaper.

Posted by: Metome1 | November 21, 2008 12:10 AM | Report abuse

Wow. Look at the losers who lost the election due to the incompetence of their party whine whine above with their made-up smears and fear-mongering... 1/20/2009... Good riddance to all the losers who destroyed our country for the last 8 years!

Posted by: BethesdaMD | November 21, 2008 12:02 AM | Report abuse

To zjr78xva re your post November 20, 2008 10:18 PM ;

How pathetic is it that the same people who whine, bray and pontificate ad nauseam AGAINST OBAMA totally look the other way when it comes to PALIN, their Mistake-iah?

Posted by: gregp1 | November 20, 2008 11:31 PM | Report abuse

When will Professor B. H. Obama be held accountable for accepting illegal campaign contributions -- in the tens of millions?

How pathetic is it that the same people who whine, bray and pontificate ad nauseam about campaign finance reform totally look the other way when it comes to That One, their messiah?

Posted by: zjr78xva | November 20, 2008 10:18 PM | Report abuse

I guess Governor Palin needs to make more speeches. ;) Please prime Palin up for 2012; it would all but ensure the Democrats control the executive and legislative branches!!

Posted by: meldupree | November 20, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

The one time I contributed to the campaign was when Palin made that remark about the value of community organizing. I had a hard time sleeping that night and the next day I found out they had raised $10 Million. I added some to the campaign and slept like a baby that night.

Posted by: vcbhome | November 20, 2008 8:40 PM | Report abuse

The point rarely mentioned about how much Obama raised is that people really WANTED him to get elected. Obama is the first straight talking politician in years - he set a new standard for campaigning - "dull" and to the point. Republicans seem to depend on big dinner donors, but Obama got money from a huge number of supporters. I sent $75 in two contributions - the second was $50 after seeing the Keating video.

Posted by: chris76543 | November 20, 2008 8:39 PM | Report abuse

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