President Obama has outpaced his Republican rivals in attracting small, grassroots donations, The Washington Post reports.
The $56 million Obama has attracted so far not only beats his Republican rivals, but also outpaces the small donations he raised in 2008. A small donation is considered to be $200 or less.
Some of Obama's Republican rivals, like Mitt Romney and Rick Perry, are focusing on top-dollar donations. Others, like Herman Cain, have also had some success with small donations.
The thinking is that a voter who gives a donation of just a few dollars is more committed to a candidate than one who doesn't.
Strategists had been nervous that a down economy would have made it difficult for Obama to raise grassroots money.