A Whole New Ballgame (Election News Roundup)

The campaign fundraising reports are due on Friday, and the President's campaign - our campaign - gave us a little glimpse of what we are looking at. The Los Angeles Times reports:
President Obama's vast campaign operation raked in $86 million for his reelection and for the Democratic Party during the last three months, breaking previous records with a total far greater than those posted by his potential Republican opponents in the 2012 election.

Initially, the Obama campaign had set a goal of raising $60 million. Republican candidates combined are expected to raise less than $35 million this quarter.
Of the $86 million, more than $47 million was raised for the Obama campaign, and $38 million for the Obama Victory Fund, a joint venture between the campaign and the DNC dedicated to re-electing the President. But here are the numbers that are really impressive:

Barack Obama fundraising - 2011 Q2 number of donors

98% of donations were $250 or less, with the average donation being $69. Campaign Manager Jim Messina gave the update to supporters. Watch:



This is what a grassroots campaign - a people-powered movement - looks like. More than a half a million people committed enough to donate, in the first three months of the campaign, a year and a half ahead of the election. And that is not all. OFA volunteers have already had more than 31,000 face-to-face and nearly 300,000 total conversations. This is a whole new ballgame.

But we need to push that 300,000 number up to 3 million, or 30 million, or more! How you get involved: If you haven't already, go to BarackObama.com and sign up - volunteer, make phone calls, do whatever you can. If you have a few dollars to give, give through the Yes We Can Pragmatists grassroots fundraising page (or click on the button on top right of this webpage).

In other election news today:

  • Last night, Wisconsin Republican's numbingly stupid "Operation Chaos" strategy of running Fake Democrats in Democratic primaries in Wisconsin's recall election process fell apart. All six fake Democrats went down in flames and the real Democrats are poised to take over when the 6 GOP state senators get recalled for screwing with the working people of Wisconsin. Judgment day looms for the GOP in Wisconsin on August 9. Get in contact with the WI AFL-CIO to help.
  • Democrat Janice Hahn won the CA-36 special election, despite the super anti-gay, anti-choice Republican in the race spending nearly $1 million of his own money.
  • Governor Jan "Headless Bodies" Brewer was forced to schedule a recall election for the author of SB 1070, Arizona's Papers Please law. Russell Pearce's judgment day is November 8. Help out the recall efforts at RecallPearce.com.
That's all for today's election news round-up, folks. Let's use this thread to discuss how our success with the Obama campaign, what we can do to make it even better, and how we can help people in Wisconsin and Arizona recall elections. Also, feel free to use this as a loosely-open thread.