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Obama Hits 1 Million Donors, GOP Campaigns Lag

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October 17, 2011

President Obama’s reelection campaign hit 1 million donors at around 4:15 p.m. on Monday, according to the counter on barackobama.com. According to the campaign, 98 percent of those donations came from those giving $250 or less.

"Our campaign rejects donations from special interest PACs and Washington lobbyists. Instead, we rely on contributions from Americans across the country," said Ben LaBolt, press secretary for Obama for America. "During the last campaign, it took us a full year to reach 1 million donors, but we reached 1 million donors almost twice as quickly this time."

The best news for the Obama campaign is the edge they’re carrying over Republican contenders and the spending power they’ve taken from it. According to a New York Times analysis of FEC filings submitted on Sept. 30, Obama for America has spent more on payroll for campaign workers than “several of the Republican candidates have raised.”

 

Obama employs campaign workers in 38 states, including 200 in his Chicago headquarters. The top two Republican fundraisers, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Gov. Rick Perry of Texas, have a presence in only a “handful” of states, which include New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Florida, where early primaries wil be held.

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