How Much Will it Cost for the President to Keep His Job?

The Obama campaign announced Saturday on Twitter that it has reached it’s biggest fundraising number of the campaign cycle, $181 million, brought in by Obama for America and the Democratic National Committee during the month of  September. The total amount of campaign cash hauled in, including money from Super PACs, is now hovering on the edge of $1 billion dollars.

Many pundits predicted that the Obama campaign would raise a billion dollars, but manager Jim Messina claimed in a campaign video that, “People have speculated this is a billion dollar campaign – that’s bull****.” After this month’s take, Messina sent out a thankful email to supporters, writing, “Day in and day out, what gives the President confidence and inspiration is knowing that you have his back – that matters. We’re all going to do the best we can over next 31 days to honor that support.”

In total, the campaign says it has passed 10 million donations from 3,922,420 people. This month, 1,825,813 gave money; 567,000 of those were new, small donors.

It’s not an all-time record for the Obama team. Four years ago, in September 2008, the campaign brought in $193 million.

Mitt Romney’s campaign has not yet announced its September fundraising haul, but has released the amount it raised in the 48 hours after Wednesday’s debate: $12 million dollars online, which, according to the campaign, surpasses online donations made after Paul Ryan was announced as Romney’s running mate.



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