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Obama reelection campaign announces millionth donor

{mosads}According to the president’s third quarter financial reports, released over the weekend, more than 98 percent of donations to the Obama campaign were under $250, with an average amount of $56. Those numbers are encouraging to the campaign staff, who know they can go back to supporters who have not yet come close to limits on campaign contributions. Donors were urged to make small donations – of as little as $5 or $3 – for a chance to win dinner with Obama.

And while the president’s numbers in the summer were down relative to the previous quarter – likely the result of frustration with the bitter debt ceiling fight that torpedoed the favorability polls of politicians on both sides of the aisle – his haul was still formidable enough to outpace his Republican opponents. Rick Perry raised $17 million for the period, Mitt Romney raised just over $14 million, and Ron Paul reported a haul of more than $8 million.

Donations are expected to pick up for both sides as the Republican race narrows and an opponent for the president is nominated.

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