It's been rumored over the past week, and now the first semi-official confirmation comes from the New York Times: Barack Obama raised $100 million-plus in September for his ever-historic presidential campaign.
Here's the relevant excerpt:
Mr. Obama, who at one point promised to participate in it as well, is expected to announce in the next few days that he raised more than $100 million in September, a figure that would shatter fund-raising records.
And to give credit where it's due, this story appears to have been broken back on October 9th by Policy In Practice in a post that read as follows:
Sources tell Policy in Practice that Barack Obama may have eciipsed $100 million in donations in the month of September, a would-be staggering figure that would help explain the breadth of advertising Obama's campaign has been able to unleash the past few weeks, and presumably continue through November 4th.
This tidbit comes in an article about Obama's flooding of the airwaves in these final weeks, swamping McCain's ads 4-to-1, and by more in crucial battleground states.
There isn't much more to say than, "Wow."
But I'll try.
We've got a long way to go.
We need to keep giving.
We need to keep working.
We need to keep fighting.
We need to follow the lead of our candidate--our candidate--Barack Obama, and fight 'til the fight is won.
Let's BEAT IT IN OCTOBER, and take back the White House as we take back the nation.
Month-by-month fund-raising figures:
January: $36.8 million
February: $56.7 million
March: $42.8 million
April: $31.9 million
May: $23.4 million
June: $54.2 million
July: $51.4 million
August: $67.5 million
September: $100 million-plus
UPDATE with wise words from Jacques:
"HEY! BFD! That cash is already gone. More than that cash is already gone. Gone, gone, gone. It is ex-cash. It was only sitting on the perch because it's feet were nailed on! Its metabolic processes are a matter of interest only to historians! It is cash that is pining for the fjords!
We're 18 days out. There's still a lot of canvassing to be done, we need an overwhelming GOTV just to counter Diebold and the usual Republican thuggery. Nevada's looking okay, maybe. Colorado has been hit with serious voter disenfranchisement, most of the folks who lost their votes won't find out until Nov. 4. Who's working Colorado, who's traveling into the state, can I buy you a cheeseburger? You can borrow my Mom's sleeping bag...
I'll be using my sleeping bag in Reno. Send me cash, I'll be living on one buffet breakfast a day, plus the usual bad coffee and bagels at campaign HQ.
Send us money. September is long past. It's a long long slog to Nov. 4!!!