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The Trail: 2012 Presidential News from the Field / CAMPAIGN 2012

Obama Attracts Lots of Grassroots Money

President Barack Obama listens to an interpreter as he meets with Honduras President Porfirio Lobo in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

November 19, 2011

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.

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