$52,000,000 - But Will it Silence the "Concerned" Folk?

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In a month where all the know-nothing pundits were speculating on a speculative report that claimed Illinois Senator Barack Obama "only" raised $30M or so in the month of June, turns out they were once again completely, utterly and pathetically wrong.

Please try to contain your shock.

Looks like Obama has had quite a haul this month. A $52,000,000 haul, to be exact. Only $3M shy of his record-shattering donation total in February of this year.

Maybe now the concern trolls that pollute our airwaves and our blogs will stop acting like Obama has money problems.

(Don't hold your breath)

It looks like there's no more need for concern among those who think Obama still needs to do more than he already has to "reach out" to the dead-ender PUMA-types in order to win their favor (and their donations).

(Don't hold your breath)

Even more impressive is how this money was raised. From the email sent out by David Plouffe to Obama supporters:

But more impressive than the number is how you did it. Hundreds of thousands of ordinary people contributed to building our campaign for change. Many were first-time donors, giving only what they could afford -- and the average donation was just $68.

You continue to prove what ordinary Americans committed to change can accomplish, despite the Washington lobbyists and special interest PACs funding so much of our opponents' campaign.

"Ordinary Americans committed to change". That sums it up pretty well. While Obama certainly cannot be all things to all people (see: FISA, faith-based initiatives, handgun bans), he certainly is something that we haven't see in our country in quite a long time: An extremely competent, intelligent and compassionate politico.

One who has already changed the face of the Democratic Party by not only refusing lobbyist money in his campaign, but by also having the DNC do the same.

One who has strongly spoken out in favor of universal health care, equal pay, ending the war in Iraq, focusing on the REAL terrorist threat in Afghanistan, major government investment in alternative energy sources and many other important Progressive (and common sense) causes.

Thanks to all the "ordinary people" like you and me, Obama is going to have a big, fat war chest to take down the hate-filled right-wing noise machine this year.

For good.

Tags: barack, concern, DNC, donations, Election 2008, funds, Money, obama (all tags)

Comments

82 Comments

Tips, Flames, Recs

Yes, we can!!

by John in Chicago 2008-07-17 06:51AM | 0 recs
Re: Tips, Flames, Recs

KUDOS!!

I had to LMAO after reading this . . . OOPS :


Have Ya Noticed? BHO's Fundraising is Drying Up
by: Alegre
Thu Jul 17, 2008 at 01:00:45 AM EDT

http://alegrescorner.soapblox.net/showDi ary.do?diaryId=276

by Veteran75 2008-07-17 02:18PM | 0 recs
Re: $52,000,000

We're DOOOMED! HELP US..WE ARE SO SCREWE....

Oh, he set a record? Best month ever?

Never mind.

(BTW John, nice Sig line...)

by WashStateBlue 2008-07-17 06:54AM | 0 recs
Re: $52,000,000

Actually, he raised $55M in February, so its not a record for Obama. It is, however, a record for money raised during the GE, which I think this would qualify for...

I like your tag too. Creepy!!!! lol

by John in Chicago 2008-07-17 06:59AM | 0 recs
Re: $52,000,000

What's 3 million between friends.

Frankly, I think the number the takes your breath away is right after the convention.

That's when I probably max out, if there is any room left to spend.  

I want him coming out of Denver loaded for bear.

by WashStateBlue 2008-07-17 07:06AM | 0 recs
Re: $52,000,000

Yeah I'd imagine after he accepts in Denver, his August numbers may very well top $100M.

by John in Chicago 2008-07-17 07:07AM | 0 recs
Re: $52,000,000

Bloodbath a comin'

by Reaper0Bot0 2008-07-17 06:56AM | 0 recs
Re: $52,000,000

Anyone thinks Obama is enroute to Iraq today?

That's what I think. He has nothing planned today and tomorrow.

by W126 2008-07-17 07:19AM | 0 recs
Re: $52,000,000

That's quite a possibility. Would also explain why they waited til today to announce the $$$ for June.

These people know how to coordinate their announcements for Maximum Impact.

by John in Chicago 2008-07-17 07:31AM | 0 recs
Re: $52,000,000

Just want to remind you before you get so carried away with joy that this is roughly half of want he was expected to raise in June. Flame me all you want.

http://thehill.com/campaign-2008/obama-c ould-raise-100-million-in-june-fundraise rs-say-2008-06-09.html

by RedstateLib 2008-07-17 07:45AM | 0 recs
Re: $52,000,000

That $100 million dollar was never floated by anybody close to the campaign.

The major media expectations were $30 million.

by elrod 2008-07-17 07:47AM | 0 recs
Re: $52,000,000

Oh noes, I person with no real connection to the campaign said they hoped it might reach $100M in June!!!!

So. Pathetic.

Like I said in the diary, the concern trolls will never, ever stop.

by John in Chicago 2008-07-17 07:57AM | 0 recs
Re: $52,000,000

one article does not "expectations" make.

by notedgeways 2008-07-17 10:56AM | 0 recs
I'll do you one better

I hereby predict that Obama will raise $521 trillion  dollars in August!  Expectations are now set - be sure to bookmark this comment!

by JJE 2008-07-17 12:49PM | 0 recs
Re: I'll do you one better

He'll have to do better than that.

I mean, McCain's expected to raise something like 1.4 quadrillion dollars.

It's on the Internet, it must be true.

by TCQuad 2008-07-17 01:43PM | 0 recs
Re: $52,000,000

yes, it's less then some fund-raisers had said they could achieve but I'm not sure anyone should be down on raising $52 million. It's pretty darn good show.

it's not like June is a hot time to donate. It's not like he didn't outraise McCain by $30m. If he's still pulling in $52 after the convention, I'd be a bit more pessimistic.

by alex100 2008-07-17 01:27PM | 0 recs
$92 million cash on hand

Obama already had $20 million for the GE. The DNC raised $20 million. With Obama's $52 million that gives us $92 million cash on hand. The GOP has $95 million cash on hand thanks to the RNC's fundraising. We thought we'd be screwed against the RNC but we are right there neck and neck.

Note also that if Obama pulls in this amount in July, August and September, he will have $200 million after the convention compared to McCain's $85 million.

Rejecting the public funds was a good decision.

by elrod 2008-07-17 07:47AM | 0 recs
i think a lot of that might be

primary funds, which he would have to spend before he gets the nomination.

by sepulvedaj3 2008-07-17 10:03AM | 0 recs
Re: i think a lot of that might be

Actually, since he opted out of public funds, he can roll his Primary war chest over to the General Election war chest after the Convention.

by John in Chicago 2008-07-17 10:12AM | 0 recs
Re: i think a lot of that might be

Kinda - he can only roll over 2300 per person - if they gave more, then he has to spend it before the Convention.

by Falsehood 2008-07-17 11:10AM | 0 recs
Re: i think a lot of that might be

Does that actually make sense?  Say I donated $4600 - the max allowable.  They would allocate $2300 of that to the primary, $2300 to the GE.  However, they could ultimately roll over the $2300 allocated to the primary to the GE.  Thus, they would have full use of the $4600 after the convention, if in fact they reserved the whole amount until then.

by rfahey22 2008-07-17 12:15PM | 0 recs
Re: $92 million cash on hand

i would imagine that mcCain's donors will overflow the RNC and 527's coffers with $$.

There will be some financial parity, one way or another.

by alex100 2008-07-17 01:32PM | 0 recs
I think I am gonna puke


The economy is in the gutter, people are hurting very bad. To see all this money rush toward political campaining, paying staffers, printing etc... that makes me sick.

Those amount of money are obscene, and I don't care that the other side is doing it, that doen't make it right and that doesn't make me pround at all.

by TaiChiMaster 2008-07-17 09:28AM | 0 recs
Re: I think I am gonna puke

I agree with the premise of your comment, but what  would you suggest Obama do? Run on the hope that people will just stumble across his name on the internet and vote for him?

SHould Senator Obama just hope that his nationwide campaign staff will work for free?

Sen. Obama's June fund-raising numbers revealed an average donation of $68. So it's not like people are sending in their life savings. $68 is a small price to pay for a better future for you and your family, and until the Government decides to fully fund Presidential campaigns and completely outlaw special-interest spending, that's the way the game has to be played.

by John in Chicago 2008-07-17 09:47AM | 0 recs
Re: I think I am gonna puke

What Obama should do? I don't know

What the Diarist should do is abstain from posting picture of Obama smiling behind a huge chunk of cash. That sinks.

by TaiChiMaster 2008-07-17 10:27AM | 0 recs
Re: I think I am gonna puke

Why? I mean, I understand the amount of money the political process in America absorbs is astounding, but how is that the fault of the diarist? Is the picture really rubbing it in that much compared to a million other examples of excess in this country? (Especially considering the final result that all this cash is going towards?)

by upstate girl 2008-07-17 10:31AM | 0 recs
Re: I think I am gonna puke


If you see nothing wrong with this picture, then trying to explain it would be a waste of time.

We must see this country from vastely different perspective

by TaiChiMaster 2008-07-17 10:34AM | 0 recs
Re: I think I am gonna puke

I certainly don't see anything wrong enough with the picture that it makes me "want to puke". I'm more than a little curious about what exactly is eliciting this kind of visceral reaction from you. Which is why I asked. Sorry if you expected to drop that comment in and not get questioned on it honestly.

by upstate girl 2008-07-17 10:36AM | 0 recs
Re: I think I am gonna puke

Before I can self-actualize I have to have my physiclogical needs taken care of, I am not there yet, I don't own my shelter and I don't have a farm for my food.  Have patience with us, we're all aspiring to your level.

by KLRinLA 2008-07-17 10:53AM | 0 recs
Re: I think I am gonna puke

Well, someone has a highly sensitive outrage meter. The purpose of the image is to drive home the fact that Obama is awash in campaign cash and is ready to take on the Corporate Crony Republicans.

And if you take the time to think about it, the money Obama raises goes right back into the economy by creating jobs (paid staffers) and by supporting Unions (all signs, shirts, stickers, etc. made exclusively by Unionized print shops and factories).

So what, really, is the problem?

by John in Chicago 2008-07-17 10:35AM | 0 recs
Re: I think I am gonna puke

plllease, you sound like a supply side guy.
by TaiChiMaster 2008-07-17 10:36AM | 0 recs
Re: I think I am gonna puke

So are you gonna actually offer some kind of refutation of my points, or just write me off as a "supply side" person?

by John in Chicago 2008-07-17 10:38AM | 0 recs
Re: I think I am gonna puke


My judgement that is moral is that the picture is totally inappropriate.

It glorify money in a context (politic) where money SHOULD not matter, and yes I am offended.

I have nothing more to say.

by TaiChiMaster 2008-07-17 10:40AM | 0 recs
Re: I think I am gonna puke

Where money "should not matter" is not the worold we live in right now. So like I said, what should Obama do? Just hope that his staffers are as enlightened as you fancy yourself to be and would work for free? Hope that the Union workers who print his signs and make his t-shirts will work for free in hope of a better future?

Give. Me. A. Break.

by John in Chicago 2008-07-17 10:42AM | 0 recs
Oh the pure purity

of the very purest among us.

by ReillyDiefenbach 2008-07-17 01:39PM | 0 recs
Re: I think I am gonna puke

"I have nothing more to say."

I hope that you keep you promise...but I doubt it.  

TackyMaster,

I must say that you are the least enlightened, "Enlightened" person that I have ever encountered.  There must be a rather large spectrum of "Enlightenedness?"

by Purple with Green Stipes and Pink Polka Dots Dem 2008-07-17 02:04PM | 0 recs
Re: I think I am gonna puke

If you want to help the poor just use the money to help the poor,
by TaiChiMaster 2008-07-17 10:37AM | 0 recs
Re: I think I am gonna puke

There's more than one way to help the poor - like a government that takes their problems and needs seriously. I'm not sure why you think its an either-or scenario.

by upstate girl 2008-07-17 10:39AM | 0 recs
Re: I think I am gonna puke

So you are making the blanket assumption that people who donate to Obama's campaign do so instead of donating to worthy charitable causes?

That's quite presumptuous, and also incorrect, at least in the case of "The Diarist"....

by John in Chicago 2008-07-17 10:41AM | 0 recs
Re: I think I am gonna puke (copy paste is usefull


My judgement that is moral is that the picture is totally inappropriate.

It glorify money in a context (politic) where money SHOULD not matter, and yes I am offended.

I have nothing more to say.

by TaiChiMaster 2008-07-17 10:42AM | 0 recs
Re: I think I am gonna puke (copy paste is usefull

Since you copied and pasted your response from above, I'll do the same:

Where money "should not matter" is not the world we live in right now. So like I said, what should Obama do? Just hope that his staffers are as enlightened as you fancy yourself to be and would work for free? Hope that the Union workers who print his signs and make his t-shirts will work for free in hope of a better future?

Give. Me. A. Break.

by John in Chicago 2008-07-17 10:43AM | 0 recs
Re: I think I am gonna puke (copy paste is usefull

And you can have the last word too if you want... oups...
by TaiChiMaster 2008-07-17 10:44AM | 0 recs
Re: I think I am gonna puke (copy paste is usefull

Mmm hmmm. Thanks for your "concern".

by John in Chicago 2008-07-17 10:48AM | 0 recs
since when

...has money never mattered in politics? Since we've had politics, money has mattered. In fact, money matters a lot in just about any scenario where it probably shouldn't. Not sure why your knickers are in a twist over this one picture in this one diary, seems like you'd have a hard time dealing with all the judgment you'd have to lay down on just about any situation you come across in your daily life.

by upstate girl 2008-07-17 10:44AM | 0 recs
that doesn't change policy though

and policy is what affects "the poor" as a group of people the most.

by notedgeways 2008-07-17 10:51AM | 0 recs
Re: I think I am gonna puke

As someone who makes a living (and not nearly as good a one as most people think,) by doing campaign work I don't understand how you can find it to be in anyway negative that the campaign is raising this kind of money. There are tons of people like me who are working for just enough to scrape by and we are getting paid and remaining contributing members of society because of donations like this.

They aren't robbing banks. They aren't accepting huge checks from lobbyists. They aren't raising gobs of cash behind closed doors. They are raising it from the average person who, despite the shitty economy, are find it in them to donate a small amount of money (average $68.00) to a campaign and a candidate they believe in.

This is a beautiful thing and anyone who thinks otherwise truly isn't paying attention.

by JDF 2008-07-17 10:58AM | 0 recs
Re: I think I am gonna puke


I have notice against people working for the tobaco company either.

But the fact that immoral systems have regular people working for them is not a reason to not want them gone.

by TaiChiMaster 2008-07-17 11:11AM | 0 recs
Re: I think I am gonna puke

Wanting the system changed is one thing. And as I said, I agree with your premise.

However, your outrage over the amount of money raised by Obama, which you base largely on the sagging economy and plight of poor people, is misguided.

The money being raised by Obama is being spent in a way that actually helps the economy, as it goes to union shops and progressive campaign workers.

It has nothing to do with "supply side" economics, either, as this money is going directly into the pockets of the union shops and the campaign workers.

Be upset with the system as it is all you want, but I think it's silly to be upset because the one candidate who would improve things for the lower and middle class is successfully utilizing that system to get elected.

by John in Chicago 2008-07-17 11:20AM | 0 recs
Re: I think I am gonna puke

Explain how this is an immoral system please.

I honestly don't understand the premise of your argument. I think it is beautiful that ordinary people are getting involved in this way.

by JDF 2008-07-17 11:25AM | 0 recs
Re: I think I am gonna puke

I agree. That's not presenting an image of "change" or a "new type of politics" at all. It completely undermines Obama's message.

by LakersFan 2008-07-17 12:04PM | 0 recs
Re: I think I am gonna puke

Ohhh right. Obama should run a campaign based on no donations being accepted.

That's a sure fire way to win.

An acutally, $52,000,000 is a helluva lot of "change"

LMAO

by John in Chicago 2008-07-17 12:19PM | 0 recs
Re: I think I am gonna puke

Hey, according to them, Obama should take a vow of poverty and also should not have any people around him whatsoever when he makes his acceptance speech in Denver.

by rfahey22 2008-07-17 12:23PM | 0 recs
Re: I think I am gonna puke

I didn't say he shouldn't raise money. I said the image of him in front of a pile of money is contrary to the message Obama is trying to convey. If you really support a candidate, it's best not to undermine their message.

by LakersFan 2008-07-17 12:35PM | 0 recs
Re: I think I am gonna puke

That's a fair point, actually.  The image isn't particularly on-message.

by Reaper0Bot0 2008-07-17 12:38PM | 0 recs
Re: I think I am gonna puke

We agree on something? Hold the presses! This is news.

by LakersFan 2008-07-17 12:51PM | 0 recs
Re: I think I am gonna puke

I'm surprised to hear you think that. What "message" is the picture I used "off"?

What part of Obama's message says "money=evil"?

I know that part of Obama's message is that it is important to take special interest money out of politics, but unless you ran the serial numbers on the money in the background of the picture I made, I don't see how anyone can assume the $$$ behind him is from special interests.

He raised $52M largely from small donors like you and I. That's what $52M looks like. A lot of money.

So again I ask, how is that "off message"?

When I put it up there the only intent was to deliver a big f.u. to the concern trolls.

by John in Chicago 2008-07-17 01:11PM | 0 recs
Re: I think I am gonna puke

Sorry, I meant to say the "picture I used" as I didn't create that picture.

by John in Chicago 2008-07-17 01:12PM | 0 recs
Re: I think I am gonna puke

So is this image also "off message"?

by John in Chicago 2008-07-17 01:16PM | 0 recs
Re: I think I am gonna puke

Dude.  I didn't make a big deal about it.  Just saying our guy looks a tad like Scrooge McDuck about to swim in his pool of money.

Easy, mang!

by Reaper0Bot0 2008-07-17 02:58PM | 0 recs
Re: I think I am gonna puke

Scrooge McDuck, now that is funny.

I didn't think you made a big deal....

by John in Chicago 2008-07-17 08:28PM | 0 recs
except

its probably good for some parts of the economy.

Hiring staffers = creating jobs. Short term yes, but they are jobs nonetheless at a time where jobs are scarce in many areas.

Printing signs etc - someone's gotta do it right?

With the exception of TV ads, a lot of the money is pumped back in and taxed.

by sepulvedaj3 2008-07-17 10:06AM | 0 recs
Re: except

Printing signs etc - someone's gotta do it right?

Not just someone - in Obama's case (as with all the Democrats), the someones who print the signs and other campaign materials are union.  So supporting Democrats financially is not only supporting organized labor on a policy level - it's putting money in the pockets of hard-working union members, thus strengthening organized labor further.

by mistersite 2008-07-17 11:59AM | 0 recs
Re: I think I am gonna puke

I don't have a huge problem. Contributions are voluntary, and the money all gets recirculated here - TV stations get ad money, various printon companies get printing money, and staffers get money as well.

The money's not going into a hole.

by Falsehood 2008-07-17 11:12AM | 0 recs
Re: I think I am gonna puke

Well, how much do you think it should cost to run a nationwide, 11-month campaign?  People make all sorts of arguments that the number is "obscene," etc., but exactly how much do you think such an operation should cost?  This is yet another argument without an anchor in reality.

by rfahey22 2008-07-17 12:17PM | 0 recs
Re: $52,000,000

I love the utter lack of the gloom and doom PUMA crowd in here. The silence is telling. I guess it takes a while to try and spin a $52M month.

by upstate girl 2008-07-17 10:09AM | 0 recs
Re: $52,000,000

Nice, aint it?

:)

by fogiv 2008-07-17 10:46AM | 0 recs
Re: $52,000,000

This is good news for McCain!  

by KLRinLA 2008-07-17 10:57AM | 0 recs
Re: $52,000,000

And the two that have posted negative comments on here would have flopped completely if the numbers had been low. Then they would be telling us how bad things are for Obama moneywise. They really are funny - as in amusing.

by MS01 Indie 2008-07-17 12:18PM | 0 recs
Re: $52,000,000

BTW, that silence will only last as long as it takes them to clean the egg off their faces. They were so 'concerned' about Obama's fund-raising before the numbers were released. Just as they jump on every poll that has the slightest down-tick in support.

If Obama's poll numbers surged and his fund-raising went through the roof they would still find something negative to say.

by MS01 Indie 2008-07-17 12:23PM | 0 recs
Re: $52,000,000

Whis is exactly why I do not buy the PUMA story of being "lifelong Democrats" for one second. They full of shit. They are not Democrats. Maybe Dixiecrats, but whatever....

by John in Chicago 2008-07-17 12:35PM | 0 recs
What I find highly noteable

is this number comes in a slow month. He is not in the midst of a full on fight yet. Feb was the record month and that was in the heat of the battle. So imagine Sept and Oct.... Breaks 100 million.

by notedgeways 2008-07-17 10:58AM | 0 recs
Here's how it goes:

Report of low numbers:  He's alienated his base and Clinton supporters by being a triangulating sellout.

Report of high numbers:  He only raised that money by pandering to telecom intere$t$ and being a triangulating sellout.

by Geekesque 2008-07-17 11:30AM | 0 recs
Re: Here's how it goes:

Yup -- I expected more trolls in here complaining about how I doesn't count because all this money was from moneyed special interests, regardless of whether that's possible according to election law.

by semiquaver 2008-07-17 12:54PM | 0 recs
Obscene - the kind

of money raised BY ANY OF THEM - while so many of us are suffering out here.

Where the heck are our priorities? I'm turned off by the whole election.

Neither of the candidates will change or improve our healthcare system or get us out of Iraq -

Neither of them!

by Xanthe 2008-07-17 12:55PM | 0 recs
Re: Obscene - the kind

Well, the folks "suffering out here" are the ones that are deciding to contribute, by and large. And they are doing so in hopes of a better future for their families.

I know McCain won't get us out of Iraq or improve healthcare, but Obama has pledged to get us out of Iraq and to improve healthcare.

If you don't want to believe him, that's your prerogative, but, unlike with McCain, there is no factual basis for such an assertion.

by John in Chicago 2008-07-17 01:19PM | 0 recs
And what is the "factual"

basis that he will.  As to the "little donors" -- let me see the accounting. You may want to believe and that is your prerogative.  But it a belief on your part and his admirers' parts - not a fact as you choose to label it.  

by Xanthe 2008-07-18 04:11AM | 0 recs
and I am from Chicago as well -

and I know a Chicago pol when I see one.  He may be a good, even a great president - we shall see what we see. I want my instincts to be at fault here.  But I do not believe as you do.  

by Xanthe 2008-07-18 04:15AM | 0 recs
Re: and I am from Chicago as well -

You misread what I wrote. I said that there is factual basis for which to believe that McCain will not end the war in Iraq, will not improve health care, will not do a whole lot of good, period.

And I implied that there is no factual basis on which to base any belief that Obama would not end the war, etc...

Never did I say that its a fact that Obama will do anything, cuz that's merely speculation, ya see..

And Obama is far from being a "typical" Chicago politico.

by John in Chicago 2008-07-18 06:07AM | 0 recs
He is a good friend

to developers. Their motto:  Developers rule! That's pure Chicago politics.  I lived thru it - I get it.  If you had sat in on the number of zoning meetings I have - you'd be jaded as well.

But you believe - so what's the use of communicating.  As I said - I would love to be wrong about this man.

by Xanthe 2008-07-19 01:15AM | 0 recs
Its mostly corporate cash

and comes with a hefty price tag - public policy that favors corporate interests over citizens.

Obama's decision to forgo federal matching funds essentially puts his presidency up for sale to the highest bidders.

No matter how principled he is, he will be influenced by corporate and wealth donor cash and it will have damaging consequences for:

the economy

foreign policy

good tax & monetary policy along with balancing the budget

forward thiking energy policy

health care reform

education

protecting US jobs

the list goes

The first day Obama takes office he'll be thinking about raising enough money to run for re-election in 4 years. There's still a lot to be concerned about.

by Betsy McCall 2008-07-17 03:11PM | 0 recs
Re: Its mostly corporate cash

Pay no attention to the fact that the average donation was $68.  

by Raumfahrer 2008-07-17 03:41PM | 0 recs
Re: Its mostly corporate cash

There's still a lot to be concerned about.

We have a winner!

by John in Chicago 2008-07-17 08:29PM | 0 recs

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