Sunday, October 19, 2008

$150 Million

That’s how much money Barack Obama raised in September. Steve Benen is impressed.

According to a video posted by Obama campaign manager David Plouffe this morning, the record-shattering numbers were the result of 632,000 new donors, bringing the new total of donors to over 3.1 million. Just remarkable.

The previous record for the best fundraising month any presidential candidate ever had was Obama in August, when he raised $66 million — far less than half what Obama raised in September.

I vaguely recall some grumbling in Democratic circles a couple of months ago, with many wondering whether the Obama campaign’s fundraising would be strong enough to justify opting out of the public financing system.

$150 million in September seems to answer the question.