Barack Obama’s campaign has disclosed nearly 250,000 people have donated in the first half of the year. More than 138,000 have contributed in the second quarter, although a campaign aide says the average contribution will likely be less than the roughly $247 in the first quarter. Estimate the average donation at $215, multiply by 138,000, and you get a hefty $29.67 million.
Hillary Clinton also looks to do well, with aides saying she’ll beat her first-quarter effort. Bill Clinton has been active earlier than planned (scheduled to attend at least 20 fundraisers this quarter) , providing another boost to her numbers.
The Huffington Post said anonymous sources from both candidates said Obama would out-raise Clinton for the quarter, but the report was denied by an Obama spokesman.
John Edwards has a goal of $9 million for the quarter, set in an email by Joe Trippi to supporters. The campaign has said they only need $40 million by the year’s end, a target Edwards says he will meet.
In the first quarter, each of the three candidates set fundraising expectations differently. Obama’s campaign predicted $7 million to $12 million, paling in comparison to the actual $25.7 million. Edwards predicted $7.4 million, the record-breaking amount he raised in the first quarter of 2003. The actual figure? $14 million. Hillary Clinton was the only candidate for which the predictions came close to the real figure: $25 million to $25.8 million.