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Obama wins with large and small donors alike

July 15, 2011|By Matea Gold
  • President Obama greets attendees after speaking at a Democratic National Committee campaign fundraising event in Boston in May.
President Obama greets attendees after speaking at a Democratic National… (Charles Dharapak / Associated…)

President Obama’s ability to collect campaign money both through small contributions and hefty donations was underscored Friday by the details in his reelection campaign’s first report to the Federal Election Commission.

Of the $33.2 million raised directly by the campaign, 65% of the contributions -- totaling $21.7 million -- came in increments less than $200.

That’s a lot of campaign T shirts.

Obama also fared well on the other end of the spectrum. More than 240 people signed on to be major fundraisers for the campaign, including a top tier of around two dozen bundlers who directed at least $13.5 million into the coffers of the reelection campaign and Democratic National Committee in the last quarter.

The campaign itself was greatly bolstered by the efforts of the Obama Victory Fund, a joint committee that disburses money both to the campaign and the DNC that hosted pricey fundraisers for him around the country.

More than a quarter of the reelection committee’s $46 million total haul came as a transfer from the fund.

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