Reporting from Washington — President Obama's next major fundraising filing will show a dramatic increase in the number of small donors so far this year compared with 2008, his campaign said Saturday.
"We had 180,000 contributors at this point in the last campaign; now it's well over 300,000," said spokesman Ben LaBolt in an email previewing the upcoming filing. LaBolt declined to elaborate except to say in his note that the filing will show "small dollar contributors back in greater numbers."
His email came a day after the Los Angeles Times/Tribune reported that the campaign had ramped up its efforts to lure large donors, including a new program called Presidential Partners that asks wealthy individuals to commit to giving $75,800 to the Obama Victory Fund, a joint project of the campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
Obama set a high bar in 2008, raising nearly $750 million. Back then, the campaign boasted of the number of small donors who were participating.