Obama, Dems crush Bush-era fundraising record

By Stephen C. Webster
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 12:13 EDT
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President Barack Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign is off to a high-flying start after announcing a record breaking fundraising haul that dwarfs his predecessor’s financial prowess at the same time in his 2004 reelection efforts.

Obama and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) said Wednesday morning that they had raised a combined total of $86 million between April and June of this year, which would have been worth about $75 million in 2004, adjusted for inflation.

During the same cycle of President George W. Bush’s reelection campaign in 2004, Bush and the Republican National Committee (RNC) raised $50.1 million, which comes to just shy of $60 million in today’s dollars, adjusted for inflation.

In a video announcing the totals, Obama 2012 Campaign Manager Jim Messina hailed their take as a “monumental” achievement, pointing at 552,462 individual donors and an average per-donor contribution of $69. He said the results show the president’s commitment to grassroots campaigning.

Comparatively, the whole field of 2012 Republicans raised a combined total of $33 million. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), one of the top GOP contenders, has not yet shared her totals.

The video below is from the Obama 2012 reelection campaign, published Wednesday, July 13, 2011.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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