Meanwhile, June fund-raising for Sen. Obama appears to be falling below the expectations of some supporters. The campaign hasn't released its June numbers, but people close to the fund-raising operation say the total will likely be just over $30 million. While this isn't a poor showing, it is an underwhelming haul for a campaign that has ballooned in recent months, has promised a true, 50-state electioneering effort and has told its biggest fund-raisers that it wants to collect $300 million in general-election cash by mid-October.Now, many in the conservative blogosphere from Redstate to Michelle Malkin to Powerline began speculating on the supposed end of Obama's fundraising juggernaut. This morning the Obama campaign poured some very cold water on those doom and gloom predictions.
The reason for the lower-than-expected numbers for Sen. Obama, fund-raisers said, was his continuing difficulty in getting former supporters of Democratic rival Hillary Clinton to open their purses for him, following a protracted, bitter primary battle. Sen. Obama has also tacked to the middle on some recent policy issues, annoying many in the left wing of the Democratic Party. These more liberal-leaning supporters make up a large proportion of his small-donor cadre. The campaign says that some 1.7 million people have given $200 or less, making up 45% of Sen. Obama's total.
Senator Barack Obama raised $52 million in June, his campaign announced on Thursday morning, more than twice the amount he raised one month earlier before claiming the Democratic presidential nomination.I continue to believe that the important Obama fundraising numbers will be those of this month. That's because those numbers will tell if there is his well documented flip flops will have any impact. Right now, both campaigns are relatively even in terms of cash on hand. Obama has been outspending McCain rather substantially. He maintains a small lead in the polls though not as big as most expected now.
“We have some big news we want to share with you,” campaign manager David Plouffe said in a message to supporters. “Because of your generosity and commitment, we’re reporting to the press today that this campaign is in a very strong financial position.”
I believe that Obama overstates the influence of small donors on his campaign. They are rather influential but Obama continues to receive plenty of fundraising from bundlers and other big wigs. That said, he has without a doubt set up a blue print for how to maintain a campaign strictly through private funds without going to the special interests. His prowess in mobilizing a grass roots effort on the internet and motivating small donors to contribute $10, $20, and $50 should be a motivation for all future campaigns. Whatever disagreements I have with Obama, I can only marvel at his ability to motivate the folks in providing an obscene amount of money to his campaign.
Ironically enough though, if fundraising continues at this month's pace for both campaigns we will see little advantage for either side once McCain receives his $75 million dollar public financing match.