The Collective
Thursday, July 17, 2008
By Dr. Steven Taylor

Via the Swamp: Barack Obama’s $52-million June: The Swamp

Sen. Barack Obama’s campaign raised $52 million in June, his campaign manager said this morning - not quite a record for the high-flying campaign, but close to it. The campaign had raised $55 million in February, during the Democratic primaries.

But it’s still more than twice what Republican rival Sen. John McCain raised during June — $22 million.

Despite hopes in some quarters (see here for examples) that the Obama campaign’s slowness to release its June numbers was a sign of fundraising problems, it would seem that that tap is still wide open.

It is worth noting, as The Swamp’s story does, that that RNC has raised a fair bit o’cash its own bad self, and so at the end of June McCain + RNC (~$100 million) bests Obama + DNC (~$72 million).

Beyond the issue of sheer numbers, the following stat is interesting, and should be of concern to McCain (via The Hotline):

In an email to supporters this morning, Obama mgr David Plouffe announced that the campaign raised a total of $52M in the month of June with an average donation of just $68.

(Emphasis mine).

That means a lot of fairly small donations summing to a lot of money for Obama in June (which has been his overall pattern, if memory serves). This is indicative of a great deal of enthusiasm at the grass roots. Indeed, the fact that the Republican totals cited above are tilted towards the RNC over McCain shows a lack of enthusiasm on the GOP side for their candidate.

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