Obama’s small donor base
I’ve mentioned before that one of the reasons I support Barack Obama is that his fundraising base has more small donors in it. I was a little nervous as to whether that has continued to be the case, given his rising popularity and “momentum” nationally. But take a look at this report! An excerpt reassures me:
"On the other end of the donating spectrum, Obama raised a remarkable 47% of his individual contributions in the fourth quarter from donors who gave unitemized contributions of $200 or less. This is a substantial increase from the 28% figure he showed for the first three quarters of 2007. By way of contrast, Clinton raised only 15% of her individual contributions in the fourth quarter money from donors who gave unitemized contributions of $200 or less. While both candidates depended heavily on "bundlers" to collect large contributions in 2007 (see "Fundraising Central" report here), Obama's success with small donors has opened a new path to help fuel his campaign."
I'll repeat what I've said here before: any of the Democratic candidates would be a great nominee. But I am so excited about the movement possibilities growing around Obama. No one person is going to be able to create the change we need in this country -- but movement can.
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