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Obama: The $150 Million Man



Barack Obama at the Arch in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Linda Davidson -- The Washington Post

In a stunning display of fundraising might, Barack Obama brought in $150 million in the month of September alone, doubling his best previous best month of cash collection.

The announcement was made via video this supporters by campaign manager David Plouffe this morning.

Plouffe called the fundraising numbers the "story of America" -- noting that the two biggest contributor groups to Obama are retirees and students. "Barack's call for change has spanned the generations," said Plouffe.

Obama's eye-popping fundraising numbers include 632,000 new donors in September alone and 3.1 million total contributors. The average donation to the campaign in the month was $86. Obama's largest previous month of fundraising came in August when he raised $67 million.

Given Obama's huge spending on television in battleground states, there was an expectation that he might crest $100 million raised in September but his ultimate total is likely to shock even the most jaded political observer.

Remember that John McCain, because of his decision to accept public financing, has $84 million to spend in September and October -- total. Obama just brought in roughly double that amount in one of those months. No matter how good the candidate or the campaign, it's VERY difficult to win when getting outspent two to one (or worse).

Obama's decision to opt out of public financing way back in June now looks like one of the most critical moments of the campaign. Such a wide fundraising disparity coupled with a national political environment heavily tilted in Democrats' favor makes Obama the clear frontrunner with just 16 days to go before election day.

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 19, 2008; 9:19 AM ET
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IS OBAMA ACTUALLY legit to run for President? Let's let him prove that....
Former deputy attorney general of Pennsylvania, Philip J. Berg, a Democrat with mixed credibility (he has supported conspiracy theories involving 9/11), has filed a lawsuit to force Obama to produce a certified copy of his birth certificate. According to Berg, Obama’s paternal grandmother has said she was present at his birth in Kenya, after which his mother promptly returned with her baby to the United States.

Posted by: djmiller1 | October 21, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

FightTheSmears.com states bluntly that Obama is a Christian, not a follower of Islam.

In fact, Barack Hussein Obama’s Kenyan father was raised Muslim, though he reportedly was not religious.

His mother divorced and remarried another man, a Muslim from Indonesia. As a youngster in Indonesia, Barack Obama attended two schools and was registered at both as a Muslim. He received religious instruction in both schools as a Muslim, including studying the Quran. According to a childhood friend, Obama occasionally attended services at a local mosque.

Obama’s Muslim upbringing has been detailed in a 2007 Los Angeles Times report (reprinted in The Baltimore Sun) headlined "Islam an Unknown Factor in Obama Bid." Middle East expert Daniel Pipes has studied the question of Obama’s Muslim faith and says he is “lying” when he says he was never a Muslim.

LOOKS AS IF THE OBAMA CAMPAIGN DOES NOT WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW THE TRUTH ABOUT HIM...IT IS SAD WHEN PEOPLE STOP THINKING FOR THEMSELVES. ARE THE ALL GONNA DRINK POISON WHEN THEY ARE TOLD???

Posted by: djmiller1 | October 21, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Not so, according to campaign finance records. Nearly half of the $600 million raised by Obama to date has come from wealthy donors and special interests. Obama's allies months ago dropped their ad linking Republican rival “Exxon John” McCain to Big Oil after it came to light that Obama had taken far more money from Exxon-Mobil than McCain.
want to read the rest of the story?
http://www.newsmax.com/headlines/obama_smears_fact_check/2008/10/20/142379.html

Posted by: djmiller1 | October 21, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

This is fantastic news -- any word on how Obama intends to spread the wealth around?

Posted by: NoVAHockey | October 20, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

FULL DISCLOSURE. WHO IS SIGNATOR: OBAMA'S FRIEND, CONFIDANT, LOVER? The media has persecuted everyone associated with this campaign, even those not connected with the campaign, like Joe the Plumber. SO WHY THE SILENCE FROM OBAMA? IS THIS MAN HIS DRUGDEALER? HIS GAY LOVER? (Both of those conjectures have been fully revealed by bloggers seeking the truth.) Of course, you won't see these questions posed by the media to OBAMA, because he's "The One" and not to be investigated, questioned or even spoken to directly. Obama is too important, and too FAR ABOVE THE PUBLIC - FAR SUPERIOR TO HIS FELLOW PUBLIC SERVANTS to be so humanely examined. Butl on the other hand, it's just fine for Obama, the media, the sick sycophant bloggers to try to harm a woman of courage and conviction - a family woman, a loving mother, a HUGELY popular governor (imagine an elected official who has maintained their integrity while garnering 80 PERCENT of their public's approval). Silly me......... INTEGRITY IS A WORD NEVER ASSOCIATED WITH OBAMA

Posted by: DemocratForPeace | October 20, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

I first gave to the Obama campaign after Palin's mocking speech at the GOP convention. Then, each time the McCain/Palin campaign tried another negative tactic, I gave again. Many people are sick of the Lee Atwater/Karl Rove style of campaigning, and our small donations to Obama are our way of saying "enough."

Posted by: valandsend | October 20, 2008 9:36 AM | Report abuse

All I want to know is "where is the money really coming from". All you hear from the Obamanuts are general statements, such as from retirees and students. How about producing a listing to a non-partisan group for verification and validation. It appears to me that much of that money is coming in from outside the USA! What do you have to hide - provide the listing of donors and amounts.

Posted by: chris666 | October 20, 2008 9:23 AM | Report abuse

make that Republican **strategist** Todd Harris...

Posted by: can8tiv | October 20, 2008 1:22 AM | Report abuse

Early in June Republican Todd Harris participated in a group discussion in Washington that I attended. Afterwards I had the opportunity to talk with him, and I raised the fabled California Democrat leader, Jesse "Big Daddy" Unruh who famously said "money is the mother's milk of politics." Unruh said that decades before the numbers became outlandish.

Harris absolutely agreed and said that if Obama decides against accepting public financing, McCain will be "toast."

Truer words were never spoken.

Posted by: can8tiv | October 20, 2008 1:21 AM | Report abuse

"Anyone notice how after Reagonomics the economy improved? It actually fully kicked in during Clinton's moral rule, then he passed the cigar, oops I mean the baton to Bush Sr. to a deficit of .04. Then the economy was strong until the democrats dominated the congress and spending was out of control."

Why do people think that economic policies take ten years to kick in? That's ridiculous.

Personally, I take it as further evidence that Clinton's policies were very successful since Republicans agree on its success (but bend over backwards to find a non-Clinton explanation)

Posted by: DDAWD | October 20, 2008 12:42 AM | Report abuse

Can I just say one thing about McCain/Palin calling Obama's tax plan 'socialist'?

http://www.opinionjournal.com/editorial/feature.html?id=110002938

Apparently John Kerry was not astute enough to label Bush as a socialist.

Posted by: Obama--08 | October 19, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Ok, one more comment.

Mike Huckabee on his show was discussing how Obama's tax plan would "hurt small business," a vacuous and specious Republican talking point.

He gave the following example: a plumbing business with 5 employees bringing the business a total of $500k per year. He said that if the employer's taxes increased by 30-40k (under some scenario I don't understand), that the employer would be likely to lay off one of his employees, and that would be bad for the economy.

What?!?

First of all, businesses are taxed on PROFIT, not REVENUE.

But let's go with the example and assume a $500k annual profit which is fully taxable, with five employees.

If the employer got a $40k tax hit and did nothing, the profit would be reduced by $40k.

If the employer got a $40k tax hit and as an attempt to avoid the tax hit laid off one of his employees, his taxable profit would be reduced by $100k.

In order to avoid a fictional $40k tax penalty, a business owner would give up $100k of profit.

So, according to Huckabee, business owners are so stupid that they cannot add or subtract in order to realize that they're better off not laying someone off?

These examples and arguments are based on a fundamental lack of understanding of how our economy or the tax code work.

If anyone actually thought about these issues instead of repeating talking points, almost no one would be supporting McCain.

Posted by: biercuk | October 19, 2008 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Wow.

People on these boards consistently astonish me.

I'll only make one point in this comment - a point about drilling domestically.

Guess what - aside from taking nearly a decade for full development of any known resources, it's not going to help you!

Do you want to know why?

Because oil and natural gas are commodities traded on a global market. The impact of US supplies entering the global market will have a minimal impact on prices according to every analysis.

"But," you say, "they're our resources, and we'll keep them for ourselves to help Americans!"

Well, you know that socialism thing you all talk about without seeming to understand what it means? If the US nationalized domestic oil and gas production, we'd be following the wonderful example of - wait for it - Venezuela! You know, our best friends in the hemisphere.

Domestic oil and natural gas production may have a limited impact on our nation's oil consumption and economy. Limited. Period. It is not a solution.

Would anyone who chants "Drill, baby, Drill!" like to discuss these simple facts?

Posted by: biercuk | October 19, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Hey Obama, you’ve got this election in the bag, how about not spending the money on the campaign and using these dollars to help fellow Americans in need (i.e. http://www.BuyMyHouseBeforeTheBankTakesIt.com )?

Posted by: EconomistUSA | October 19, 2008 9:09 PM | Report abuse

When I read the posting, by WonderWoman2, I thought is was a joke.

I kept reading it, waiting for the punch line.

There wasn't one.

A mind is a terrible thing to waste.

Posted by: bobnsri | October 19, 2008 9:09 PM | Report abuse

AverageJane, good for your mother!!! And good for you for being a diehard Obama supporter! Now let's kick the tires and light the fires for the next sixteen days. Call folks, canvass, carpool with people on Election Day. Text friends and tell them to go and VOTE!! Our nation needs us to do the right thing yesterday!!!

OBAMA/BIDEN in 16 days (and not a day too soon)!

Posted by: meldupree | October 19, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

The millions of us, who have donated to Mr.

Obama, will be his "silent army" once he is

in office.


If he has problems with political foes

we will rise up to protect him and make

our country great again.

Neither "The Conservative Echo Chamber"

nor any other group, (including members

of his own party) shall be allowed to

defeat the plans and programs offered by

Mr. Obama,

The Mainstream Media has failed to

recognize that millions of us are part of

Mr. Obama's army, and we shall protect him.

He is our hero!!!


Posted by: bobnsri | October 19, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Did you see Saturday Night Live where the men were drooling - "Oh Sarah, you are so HOT in person!" ?
All across America, women like me let out a collective groan.
We have worked so hard to be judged by the content of our minds not the contents of our bras.
I lost all respect for John McCain when he appointed a bimbo as his VicePresident. Sarah Palin has set back consideration of women as serious candidates for years to come.
Thats why I support and will vote for Barak Obama. He respects women.
Alyce J. Bowers

Posted by: abowers1 | October 19, 2008 8:55 PM | Report abuse

I could argue with this liberal mentality but you don't see beyond the mainstream media's biased brainwashing. So I will simply tell you my thoughts. I think its STILL a free country - at least for the time being.
At least McCain will stop earmark sweeteners and out of control congressional spending, not have Pelosi and the gang ready and drooling to pass Barrack's Trillion dollar "I'll say and spend anything to get elected" package! Anyone notice how after Reagonomics the economy improved? It actually fully kicked in during Clinton's moral rule, then he passed the cigar, oops I mean the baton to Bush Sr. to a deficit of .04. Then the economy was strong until the democrats dominated the congress and spending was out of control.
This is a quote from a Canadian citizen on Mike Huckabee's show, She said,"I'm proud to live next to the greatest nation in the world for what you do, the good for others. I can understand the anger over your economics, but what I can't understand is the direction of this anger. George Bush has been a great president; he has kept you safe for the past seven years. He is bringing you home in victory. The economy was booming until the democrats took over the congress. Since the democrats took over in congress there's been a huge increase in spending. Why are they angry with George Bush and Republicans? Why aren't they angry with Nancy Pelosi, Barnie Frank, ACORN, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac? Mike's reply was, "You obviously have a greater love, respect, appreciation for America than many people who live here."
I for one, am very ashamed of all the liberal elites who prefer socialism, the totally biased media, and all the lies. Don't you know that England, Canada, and France have come full circle and are starting to elect conservatives?
McCain:
1.Will stop governmental wasteful spending-freeze and evaluate all spending programs. Not increase it by a trillion.
2.Will cut taxes on middle class families, saving a middle class family with children an average of over $2,700, and double personal exemptions for dependents.
3.Fight efforts to raise taxes and make it harder to raise taxes in the future.
4.Veto any pork barrel spending!
5.Continue the tax cuts on dividends and capital gains and let businesses deduct the cost of equipment and technology.
6.Health care reform (Did you know that Hawaii's state socialized health care plan has been rejected because after 7 months it was bankrupting the State govt.) Do you realize Obama's plan will bankrupt govt as well?
7. Energy independence - which means drilling and freeing the chains of utilizing America's natural resources. Not just, Barrack's "We'll look at drilling.."
Doesn't anyone question if Environmentalists extreme stance is at all connected with the Middle East's wanting America to stay dependent on them?

Posted by: wonderwoman2 | October 19, 2008 8:14 PM | Report abuse

hard to believe that students will contribute and then fail to show up. i guess with all the social networking infrastructure, it is probably easier than it has ever been to organize and turn out the youngins. add in early voting and vote by mail which makes it that much easier for students to vote. if everyone follows through, there will be some shock and awe when they count these votes.

Posted by: phosgene | October 19, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

It would be very interesting to see how much of his on-line fundraising came in from other countries and which ones it came from. Non US allies perhaps? He has already demonstrated a willingness to benefit financially from the use of his position by accepting financial support from questionable persons - AKA - Tony Resko Land Deal. Interestingly enough, had he been a Federal employee or a Hill staffer, there is a 2 year mandatory prison term tagged for this type of benefit. Congressmen actually are above this particular law. They passed the law, but are not required to comply with it. Why not repeal the law, and let all 2.7 million Federal employees profit from their positions? I wonder how corrupt the entire Federal system would look if all of them were allowed to engage in such nefarious acts - it's only a "boneheaded move" after all.

Posted by: TwoDog1 | October 19, 2008 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Uh--

Wow. In one month, Obama took in 1/5th of Congress' bailout package! If he can harness the power of the American people to contribute to his campaign,

Sorry, it's 1/5000th of the bailout package.

Posted by: mts2 | October 19, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Wow. In one month, Obama took in 1/5th of Congress' bailout package! If he can harness the power of the American people to contribute to his campaign, I'd hope he could also harnass their power to help rescue the middle class and pull us out of this economic downturn.

The MSM is so fickle. When Obama opted out of public financing, the MSM published stories about how Obama's fund-raising wasn't on target. Now, he's proved them wrong--again.

Between his astonishing fund-raising total and Colin Powell's endorsement, Obama should win the media cycles from Monday through Wednesday. Time is running out for McCain.

I encourage everyone to vote on November 4th, come rain, shine, dark of night or gloom of day. We can win this election, and change the world if we do.

Posted by: Seneca7 | October 19, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

I donated to Obama's campaign. Guess what? I'm not foreign, I'm qualified to vote, and I'm legally registered to vote. All that money isn't pouring in from fake names and foreigners. It's pouring in because of people like me who are tired of the gloomy, fear-mongering, budget-ruining, put-it-all-on-the-credit-card, spend-and-borrow Republicans.

But the real tipping point for me, a scientist, is McCain's anti-science agenda. One of the earmarks he keeps hammering away at is a population genetics study of bears. (The one that he keeps making the stupid joke about regarding bear paternity.) The other earmark he keeps harping on is the projection camera for a planetarium. Apparently, he's against science education, as well as science. He clinched his pro-ignorance credentials by choosing a VP candidate who is anti-evolution, and who is in favor of shooting wild animals from planes. Heck, why study bear DNA when you plan to wipe 'em out?

Posted by: lostriver | October 19, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

If you work for a small business, its profits -should Obama be elected- will be taxed at near 60% once it breaks Obama's magic 250K, Because-

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY OBAMA WANTS TO REMOVE THE SOCIAL SECURITY PAYROLL CAP CREATING A 15.65% ADDITIONAL TAX ABOVE THE 3% ADDED INCOME TAX at this level, since LLC's and Subchapter S small business profits pass through to the owner's personal 1040!

If you're the owner, you're going to be tempted to do more with less and lay someone off-

If you're an employee- you may, because of this new penalty on progress, be laid off.

John McCain wants to reduce business taxes and grow the economy, rather than squeeze the last drop of juice out of every successful business, large, medium, and small!
Exxon made billions, but why use a HATCHET to treat small and medium sized businesses the SAME WAY Sen.Obama?

"From each according to this ability, to each according to his need"
K.Marx 1875
B.Obama 2008

Posted by: thecannula | October 19, 2008 6:39 PM | Report abuse
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Thats not true. The current rate is 36% over $250K. It will go up to 39% for only that that is over $250K. The first $250K will still be the current 36%. That means if someone makes $270,000.00 they will pay 3% more on the amount over and above $250K net. So they will pay an added 3% of the $20,000. Thats an additional $600.00 for the year on a net income of $270,000.00. Are you telling me people will have to lay off workers or close their business over $50.00 a month? Mccain must think he is talking to people who are just plain stupid. Trust me, anyone making that kind of money knows what is what and knows Mccain is feeding them a line of sh&t. I wonder who does he thinks he is talking to? Mccain goes from one nutty set of lies to another. This week is his bullsh&t about taxes.

Posted by: popasmoke | October 19, 2008 7:17 PM | Report abuse

First, I am proud to have owned a portion of this campaign. So many of us see who we have here in terms of qualities and capabilities, so much so that we were willing to put our money into his presidential campaign. He will make OUR fine president, one we've all been deprived of for years, and obviously we're hungry for a different route and ideas, and goodness intelligence, competence, and the will to actually handle the job! Obama will make a fine president, serving us all and truly representing The True America to the rest of the world.

We've helped this far, but we must make the final push come November. We need there to be no mistake. We've put our money out. Now we need to, by historical masses from every region-North, South, East, Central, and West, take our support to the polls. Every vote counts. Make it a +1 for our country and our collective citizens. Lets rebuild OUR country, together and under an inclusive President of the United States, for all the reasons we know and people like Colin Powell knows and with his contrast of the two current tickets, Obama and Vice President Biden. We can do it together. YES WE CAN!!

America, it is our time, '08. It's been past time. For the next four years, lets get it right. Lets do it! All of us! Carpool to the polls! Vote early! Don't leave the lines! Be on time! Make it a +1, for all of us. God bless America! It's time to shift directions. We Can Do It!

-Yes We Can!
-Yes We Can!
-Yes We Can!
For a whole host of reasons, forward Obama/Biden '08!!!

Posted by: Obama2008 | October 19, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Obama Takes A HATCHET To Small Business

If you work for a small business, its profits -should Obama be elected- will be taxed at near 60% once it breaks Obama’s magic 250K, Because-

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY OBAMA WANTS TO REMOVE THE SOCIAL SECURITY PAYROLL CAP CREATING A 15.65% ADDITIONAL TAX ABOVE THE 3% ADDED INCOME TAX at this level, since LLC’s and Subchapter S small business profits pass through to the owner’s personal 1040!

If you’re the owner, you’re going to be tempted to do more with less and lay someone off-

If you’re an employee- you may, because of this new penalty on progress, be laid off.

John McCain wants to reduce business taxes and grow the economy, rather than squeeze the last drop of juice out of every successful business, large, medium, and small!
Exxon made billions, but why use a HATCHET to treat small and medium sized businesses the SAME WAY Sen.Obama?

“From each according to this ability, to each according to his need”
K.Marx 1875
B.Obama 2008

Posted by: thecannula | October 19, 2008 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, Sarah Palin, for giving Obama this success.

Thank you, PUMA nutjobs, for giving Obama Sarah Palin!

Posted by: light_bearer | October 19, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Before Al Gore invented the internets, folks like 37'th and O walked around in sandwich boards.

I remember a guy in Pittsburgh, Robert Lansberry, who was convinced that the CIA was preventing his mail from being delivered, among other arcane beliefs. His board read "Why can't Lansberry get his mail?" when it was brief; "-- STOP THORNBURGH MAIL THIEF. ASK MAYOR CALIGUIRI ABOUT BIOFEED SLAVES, TORTURES, GUINEA PIGS, POSTAL THEFT -- " when it was wordy.

Posted by: officermancuso | October 19, 2008 6:09 PM | Report abuse


A lot. When Mccain started all that nasty stuff we knew it will take money to both push back as well as continue the positive messages that represents a majority of the Obama campaign. Mccains last bunch of sh!t is what prompted my wife and I to max out. I want Obama to bury Mccain, just totally destroy him.

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$150 million raised by Obama in September!

Based on the many posts here, I wonder how much of that money was a result of old man McCain's selection of the unqualified Sarah as his VP nominee plus the negative and childish campaign ads run by McCain and his friends?

Posted by: NewEra | October 19, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: popasmoke | October 19, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

$150 million raised by Obama in September!

Based on the many posts here, I wonder how much of that money was a result of old man McCain's selection of the unqualified Sarah as his VP nominee plus the negative and childish campaign ads run by McCain and his friends?

Posted by: NewEra | October 19, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

I became a political donor for the first time in my life in September. I gave twice to the Obama campaign ($40 total) and it was because SARAH PALIN pushed me over the edge. I had to do something about the travesty Palin makes of our Presidental campaign. I am very happy to see the fundraising surge that Obama got last month and was glad to be part of it.

Posted by: yh132 | October 19, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

I have never given to any campaign before, being an independent. I have given more than once. I see this as my investment in a better, sane, intelligent future. One in which we work together, not pick each other apart.

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Posted by: 37thandOSt | October 19, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

He can use the money to help keep staffers and others to get out the vote. He can use it for the 30 minute air time on the three major networks - NBC, CBS and ABC. He can use it for helping pay down Hillary's debt. He can use it to throw water on Sen. McCain sleazy attacks, etc. etc. etc. etc.

I was happy to give more then once.

Posted by: jrubin1 | October 19, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

"Why is it possible to contribute thousands of dollars to his "COMPLIANCE" fund?????"

All candidates (except Obama) have had one. Kerry and Bush both used it.

The things that you can use it for are very limited. Essentially, you use it to remain compliant with campaign law. (you are allowed to use it to pay for 5% of a TV ad since you're required to have the tag line at the end)

Posted by: DDAWD | October 19, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

My 81 year old devout Catholic mother has just asked me to make a donation in her name for Obama on his website. It isn't much but she recognizes greatness when she sees it, having lived through historic upheavals more than once in her lifetime. It will be her very first political contribution ever.

Posted by: AverageJane | October 19, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

--" AND THROW THE ACORN PEOPLE IN JAIL !!!!!

Posted by: 37thandOSt | October 19, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse "--

Starting first with the individual voters that actually commit the crime.

All this massive voting fraud that is actually done by no one.

How about connecting the dots between the individuals actually convicted of fraudulant voting? Maybe ACORN is distracting you from the real issue - like Iraq has distracted us from Osama Bin Laden.

Posted by: DonJasper | October 19, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

AsperGirl:
Where are you? I miss your psychobabble.

Posted by: klowry57 | October 19, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

37th & O:
Take two sleeping pills and go to bed.You're delirious and you need a LONG rest from self-embarrassment.
What's next? I suspect that you are going to say that Colin Powell is not a real Republican and that he has no impact on the race.
Regardless of what you say,or when,you are a disgrace.You need a political epiphany...just like McCain.
Sweet dreams.

Posted by: klowry57 | October 19, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

The reason I gave three donations to the Obama campaign in September- SARAH PALIN. Each time she said slimey lies and I am so fed up with this kind of garbage. I was guessing there are a lot more people like me, and I was right.

Posted by: homer4 | October 19, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse
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My wife was the same. Every time she heard that stuff she would walk over to the computer whip out the AMX card and give Obama another $200. We both maxed out last month and it looks like a lot of others did as well. It was originally estimated to be 115 mill. but 150, Wow.

Posted by: popasmoke | October 19, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

At a rally held by Mahatma Gandhi several fat cats expected to be recognized for the money they had contributed. Instead Gandhi recognized a poor woman who had contributed a tiny amount. His point was that the poor woman's sacrifice was greater than all those who had given thousand times more. So to all those who say that "they only gave $25" I would say it is not the amount you gave but the sacrifice that you made. The fact that in tough times hundreds of thousands of people choose to contribute is testimony to the desire to take our country back.

Posted by: rds748 | October 19, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

37th and O:

ACORN turns in the people they know are filling out bogus registration cards.

With me so far?

ACORN is required BY LAW to turn every registration card that has been filled out, regardless of validity.

Is this really so hard for you to understand?

So, what they do is verify as many as they can for validity and separate out the ones that appear suspicious, in order to allow the state to review and toss out the bad ones.

I know you're really upset about the fact that your man McCain is about to lose in an electoral landslide, but could you please suspend your intellectual dishonesty for the next couple of weeks? Nobody here was buying any of it to begin with, and now it just makes you look desperate.

Posted by: cam8 | October 19, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

I am a 59 year old American white male married to a 54 year old American white female. We live in a household that has a annual income over $210,000.00. We contributed to Obama because we are sick and tired of the kind of policies that Bush and McCain pursue.

What Republicans can't stand is that the traditional fundraising advantage that they have, which depends on wealthy people, is being surpassed by a system that encourages small donations.

Obama has 3.1 million contributors. The average contribution is $86.00. It is not a conspiracy, it is a movement.

Posted by: mrgavel | October 19, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse


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We need an investigation into all this money - any foreign sources - or are large donations broken up ???


AND THROW THE ACORN PEOPLE IN JAIL !!!!!

If any of the Acorn atrocities can be attributed to the Obama people, throw them in jail too !!!!

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Posted by: 37thandOSt | October 19, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

If you missed Gov. Palin on SNL, I put a clip on my blog-- much fun!

http://mccain08-hillary2012.blogspot.com/

Posted by: dcpsychic | October 19, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

I wonder how much of this money is through foreign sources. Even Gaddafi has indicated that massive of amounts of foreign money has been funneled into the Obama campaign.

I guess we'll only learn after the coronation -- if ever.

Posted by: info42 | October 19, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

All the talk about how there have been a lot of people that are making donations to Obama under fake names is a joke.

First of all, there's nothing remotely close to evidence that the Obama campaign is knowingly gaming the system.

Second, when you're dealing with over 3 million contributors, there's no way to avoid people messing around with it. The campaign has a team that scrubs the donor roll as they go along, and a lot of money ends up being returned. They're doing just about all they can to remain above board.

Finally, even if you were to assume the worst, it doesn't make that big a difference. If you were to use an outrageously overblown metric and say that 25% of the September total needs to be returned due to irregularity, he still raised a staggering $112.5 million.

Posted by: cam8 | October 19, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

The same people that brought Bush to power are working to get McCain elected. If McCain is not Bush, why is he using robocalls like the ones Bush used against him in South Carolina accusing him of fathering a black child? Why has he for months used negative ads like the one he defended in his Des Moines Register interview accusing Obama of corrupting young children with sex education? Is this political expediency?
If that's the case then McCain is a foully
corrupt man who is no better than Karl Rove in his dealings with the public.

If elected, McCain will completely destroy the middle class by creating and enforcing laws protecting the wealthy and corporations.
He will attack Social Security and Medicare.
He will tax employee healthcare and deregulate state oversight of insurance companies worsening healthcare for millions.
Worst of all he will send the country into a brutal long recession by over reacting in his spending freeze, closing off paths to recovery.

When McCain hugged Bush he wasn't kidding.
His middle name isn't Sidney, it's George

Posted by: seemstome | October 19, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

ALL YOU YOUNG VOTERS DON'T FORGET TO GET UP AND TAKE YOUR ROOMMATE, FRIENDS, AND FELLOW STUDENTS WITH YOU TO VOTE!

VOTE EARLY IF POSSIBLE TO AVOID THE LONG LINES1

HAVE A VOTING TAILGATE PARTY! BE CREATIVE!

Posted by: vdkelly | October 19, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

DONATIONS ARE GREAT AND MUCH APPRECIATED BUT DON'T FORGET TO VOTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: vdkelly | October 19, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Yes, it's nice to have dreams, but for now, the "Joe's" need to wake up to the reality that they will benefit more from Obama's tax CUTS for the people who make UNDER $200,000 a year.

Posted by: joy2 | October 19, 2008 9:19 AM | Report abuse


Joy- Yes having something to strive for is more than nice, it's the engine that makes our country run- giving "tax credits" to people who don't currently pay income tax IS Welfare and in keeping with the following-

"From each according to his ability, to each according to his need"
K Marx 1875 & B Obama 2008

which is the engine that ruined the USSR...
___________________________
Bullsh!t. Are you sn economist? No I didn't think so. IOts the 98% of americans who make less than $200K who make this country great and keep the economy going. Ironically, you will probably benefit from Obama's plan yet you spout Fox News neo-nazi crap to hide your racist ignorant views. If in fact we reward hard work in this country then we should SPREAD THE WEALTH TO HELP KEEP PEOPLE MOTIVATED TO WORK HARDER. THATS WHY THE EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT IS SO POWERFUL. WHEN THE MASSES HAVE MONEY TO SPEND EVERYBODY WINS. OH, BUT TAX BREAKS FOR THE WEALTHY IS NOT SOCIALISM. I FORGOT THAT'S CAPATILISM.

Posted by: vdkelly | October 19, 2008 1:03 PM | Report abuse

The more trash the McCain campaign peddled ("pallin aroung with terrorists", lipstick-on-a-pig phony outrage, the "suspended campaign" stunt, slimy auto-calls in VA, etc.) the more I responded to the Obama emails to donate. $125 in the last 2 months (spread out over 5 donations) from someone who's never donated a dime to any campaign and I'm sure I'm not the only one who followed this pattern of donating.

Negativity and sleazy attack ads might fire up McCain's hard-core, right-wing extreme supporters but they turn off moderate voters and only make the supporters of the other guy want to go that extra mile.

Posted by: Fuzzy21 | October 19, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

The reason I gave three donations to the Obama campaign in September- SARAH PALIN. Each time she said slimey lies and I am so fed up with this kind of garbage. I was guessing there are a lot more people like me, and I was right.

Posted by: homer4 | October 19, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

The FACT that he received $150 million with an AVERAGE donation of around $80 is the real story here.

Obama isn't getting huge checks from Big Oil or corrupt lobbyists (that's McCain's wheelhouse). Obama is supported by Middle Class America.

I'm so proud of my social class... that's not something I thought I'd ever really say in my life!!

Posted by: jgarrisn | October 19, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

I LOVE IT!!! GO OBAMA!!!


This is a great American success story! A US President funded by real Americans - not just crooked lobbyists - FINALLY!!!


President Obama is funded by and will answer to people like me... millions and millions of voters sending small amounts of cash each month...


This is REAL public financing! Give me a D-E-M-O-C-R-A-C-Y!

Posted by: shoemiaw | October 19, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

I'm one of those students who has donated to the Obama campaign - the decades of youth voter apathy are over, and we're ready to start making this country into something so much better. I've given $25 a month for the last 3 months. It's not much, but when you add the thousands of others giving just that small amount, you have the biggest grassroots campaign in modern political history.

Posted by: MerinL | October 19, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, a by the way, in case the RNC is keeping track...

I AM ALSO A FIRST TIME CONTRIBUTOR TO THE OBAMA CAMPAIGN.

For all the reasons I specified below, plus the fact that I think Obama has the qualities to become one of the best presidents we've ever had!

Posted by: ethanquern | October 19, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Obama's fundraising can only be shocking if you live a bubble.

The selection of Sarah Palin as VP.

Attempting to turn Social Security into a big 401K plan during one of the biggest downturns in stock market history.

A health care plan that deprives MILLIONS of workers their employer sponsored health care.

The bogus "suspension" of his campaign while he was still advertising. And then accomplishing nothing but stalling the passage of the final bill.

Spastic body language and visual cues.

Takes pride in his knowledge of foreign affairs but can't tell a Sunni from a Shi'ite, thinks Iraq and Pakistan share a border, and thinks Czechoslovakia still exists.

Running around badmouthing the Bush tax-cuts then running around saying how great they are.

Similar u-turns on immigration and torture.

And you wonder why people are throwing money at Obama???

Posted by: ethanquern | October 19, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

I believe Obama's huge number in September might have something to do with Palin's nomination and speech at RNC. After watching Palin's speech and Giuliani's mocking of community organizers, I was so upset that I contributed for the first time to a political campaign, which makes me one of those new donors. It's comforting to know there are over 600,000 people out there who were just as mad and disgusted as I was when I watched RNC.

Posted by: peggyindc | October 19, 2008 12:01 PM | Report abuse

If JOHN MCCAIN can only accept PUBLIC funding at this point:

Why is it possible to contribute thousands of dollars to his "COMPLIANCE" fund?????

Please Right Wingers -- At least go to MCCAIN's web site and see that funny little twist on Republican ethics for yourselves before you get your panties twisted over what are few aberrations in Obama contributions.

At the very best MCCAAIN's contributions are dishonest using that endrun!!!

Posted by: vicweast | October 19, 2008 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Colin Powell is a real hero -- he hasn't pulled any self aggrandizing stunts like many in the Bush administration have after leaving office.

Powell still acts like an American hero.

McCain acts like someone's crazy uncle.

Posted by: vicweast | October 19, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Some of Obama's contributors are listed as "Test Person" and often are just combinations of random consonants. At some point, this will get investigated, it will mean some serious issues for the Senator.

This kind of gaming of the system, combined with Obama's dodgy dealings with ACORN and the list of questionable characters he includes among his friends and supporters, will all eventually combine to a portrait less flattering than the one that Axelrod's magic halo-type campaign branding can overcome.

Back when I coached soccer, I used to tell my kids, "If you can't win by playing by the rules, then you didn't really win now, did you?"

Many liberals seem to thing that their self-righteous vision of reality warrants a win at any cost. Ain't so, Joe.

Will the swell more and more of John-Q-Public piercing of the New York Times/Axelrod veil come in time for McCain to overcome the Obama Tsunami? It's becoming a horse-race.

:-)


Posted by: RM23 | October 19, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Expect the whining Right WIng to claim that the election (sniffle cry sniffle) wasn't legitimate... EWhy? Because they can't admit their own failures.

McCain's campaign is by far the worst campaign run in my lifetime.

The Republican party finds itself at this juncture having embraced radical elements in it's party -- nay, being DEPENDENT on radical elements, plus Republican party today does not clearly stand for ANYTHING...

The gap between McCain's statements and Palin's are huge, but the gap between either of them and the Republican Platform is completely disconnected -- Except for one item: OIL.

With two poorly run wars, double the national debt in 8 Bush years, a budget surplus converted into a historic deficit, and an ugly and mean spirited dependency on lies (and worse) -- the Republican Party has richly earned the right to political exile.

The question for the next 4 years is: Will the Republican party survive? It is a real concern for those of us who think two healthy political parties are good for the nation.

The Democrats aren't healthy either -- but they win this by default due to the utter utter failures of Republican rhetoric and action under Bush and many many years of Republican ineptness in Congress.

Obama's ability to get historic contributions from millions of Americans speaks as much to his abilities as it does to McCain's and Bush's failures. Effective immediately: The Republican Party is going down. "Down, Baby, Down!"

Posted by: vicweast | October 19, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse

So far it's a flawlessly run campaign by Obama. McCain's campaign is just in complete disarray. They're lurching from one topic to the next. First it was the Paris Hilton ad, then lipstick on a pig, then Ayers, followed by ACORN, now Joe the plumber.

Can anyone tell me what the central theme of McCain's campaign is?

Posted by: jabreal00 | October 19, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Goood! Now this gives McCain more ammo to get whiny about how Barack raised money instead of taking GOVERNMENT HAND-OUTS.

Posted by: BenFink | October 19, 2008 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Some who are "raising questions" about Obama's fundraising are hilarious. Jealous much, guys? Our candidate possesses the quality of competency--something McCain's campaign cannot muster even with lies, a lousy VP pick, threats and vile inferences. http://soonerthought.blogspot.com/2008/10/palin-plunge-voters-sour-on-mccain-vp.html

Posted by: soonerthought | October 19, 2008 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Yes, it's nice to have dreams, but for now, the "Joe's" need to wake up to the reality that they will benefit more from Obama's tax CUTS for the people who make UNDER $200,000 a year.

Posted by: joy2 | October 19, 2008 9:19 AM | Report abuse


Joy- Yes having something to strive for is more than nice, it's the engine that makes our country run- giving "tax credits" to people who don't currently pay income tax IS Welfare and in keeping with the following-

"From each according to his ability, to each according to his need"
K Marx 1875 & B Obama 2008

which is the engine that ruined the USSR...


Posted by: thecannula | October 19, 2008 9:48 AM | Report abuse

100,000+ people in St. Louis...
$150,000,000 in September...
Colin Powell on October 19...

It seems Barak Obama knows a thing or two about the Powell Doctrine!

Posted by: bricedue | October 19, 2008 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Chris, you're behind the curve. Colin Powell has now endorsed Obama. Quick! We need a post on this!

Posted by: rlalumiere | October 19, 2008 9:38 AM | Report abuse

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