President Obama raised at least $70 million for himself and the DNC during the second quarter of his campaign, down from the first quarter total of $86 million but still a robust sum, particularly for a candidate with such low popularity ratings.
The Times based its report on conversations the campaign had had with Democratic officials.
So either the Times was wrong, or the campaign was lying to lower expectations.
From a statement by Obama campaign Chairman Jim Messina, released today:
Here’s what you should know about what we’ll report to the FEC tomorrow:
In the third fundraising quarter of this year, 606,027 people donated to this campaign—even more than gave in the record-breaking previous quarter.
Those people gave more than 766,000 total donations—98 percent of them $250 or less, at an average amount of $56. That’s more than twice as many donations than we had at this point in the historic 2008 campaign.
We are focused on building infrastructure that will help us win in 2012. And each quarter we set a combined goal for the campaign and our allies at the Democratic National Committee. We far exceeded our goal of $55 million this quarter between the two organizations. Great work.
Together, Obama for America and the DNC raised more than $70 million. And it all happened during a summer when the President was focused on doing the job he was elected to do—a summer when we had to cancel a series of fundraising events and ask everyone to dig a little deeper.