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  •  Here's the data (3+ / 0-)
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    Through the first 9 months of the 2003-04 cycle, GWB raised $85M when the cap was $2000/candidate/election.  Overall, it appears Obama has now raised $88M for himself.

    To explain: that "$70M" for Obama was a combined Obama/DNC haul -- DNC subject to much higher limits, so that's where the excess from "$20K for a picture with Obama" money goes.  $42M of the $70M went to his campaign, the rest to the DNC.

    •  Good perspective, thanks. (1+ / 0-)
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      MichaelNY

      It makes Obama's haul seem more than a little less amazing.

      Ok, so I read the polls.

      by andgarden on Thu Oct 13, 2011 at 07:48:25 AM PDT

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      •  that said ... (3+ / 0-)
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        ... GWB's fundraising base was much more top-heavy and maxed-out; the growth of the small donor base (via technology and culture) vastly increases what Obama can do.

        •  GWB also wasn't competing (3+ / 0-)
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          for donations during a huge recession/small depression.

          But anyway, the fact that his donors aren't anywhere close to being maxed out is very encouraging. I'd also add that he supposedly added a lot of first time donors last quarter, although it's not clear how many, if any, he added this quarter, and even with relying on the ones from the last campaign, it looks like a lot of people have yet to donate. Perhaps many of them won't, for whatever reason, but if these people have yet to drop anything at all and most of them aren't opposed to giving something, he's got quite a lot of room to grow.

          •  The appropriate comparison is Obama '07 (1+ / 0-)
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            MichaelNY

            Obama's fundraising now is eclipsing his '07 fundraising, and Obama that cycle ended up smashing all records.

            He'll do the same this time.

            Too many political commentators ignorantly compare Obama's '11 numbers with his entire '08 cycle haul.  It's embarrassing for them, they're getting paid to follow politics full-time, and they can't think competently about this stuff.

            43, male, Indian-American, married and proud father of a girl and a boy, Democrat, VA-10

            by DCCyclone on Thu Oct 13, 2011 at 08:02:09 PM PDT

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            •  Obama '07 versus Obama '11 (1+ / 0-)
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              MichaelNY

              Have you seen an exact comparison of the numbers for the most recent quarters? Or do you know where I might find the information to do it myself?

              The number seems less impressive when you think it's "only" $42 million, as the rest of it is for the DNC, but still, it's not a bad number and will surely pick up as the election season kicks into high gear.

        •  Good point (1+ / 0-)
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          MichaelNY

          O will have LOTS of donors he can turn to in the coming months for repeat donations. I wouldn't be surprised if the fundraising totals are more than doubled in the 2012 calendar-year quarters.

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