Overall campaign contributions to all Presidential Candidates from 1976 to 2004.
Published Monday, September 15th, 2008
August was another record fund-raising month for Senator Barack Obama, with a whopping $66 Million in what appeared to be the fruit of half a million first time donors. Republican candidate, John McCain, had his best month as well, but to the tune of $47 Million. As great as this sound, unlike Sen. McCain, Sen. Obama will not be receiving the $84 Million in public monies, as is per usual, so his climb to the top of the campaign finance hill is steeper.
Despite all the negative ads and commentary being spewed this week, it really does come down to the money in modern elections. As Carl Rove stated on “Fox News Sunday”, Sen. Obama will have nearly a $100 million lead over John McCain. This lead will definitely give him an overall spending edge for TV ads, staff, and local operations.
For the last 32 years of presidential elections, a winning factor has been the total amount of campaign monies. Only the elections of Jimmy Carter in 1976 and Bill Clinton in 1996 buck the trend with both winners coming in slightly below the losers total in campaign monies. Despite economic concerns, this presidential election cycle, like the last seven president elections, is expected to break all previous spending records.
U.S. Federal Election Commission - http://www.fec.gov/DisclosureSearch/mapApp.do
FEC reports on financial activity, party, and non-party political committees, final reports for the presidential race.
U.S. Federal Election Commission: Educational Outreach - http://www.fec.gov/info/outreach.shtml
Each year, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) sponsors conferences where Commissioners and staff conduct a variety of technical workshops on the law. Discussion topics include fundraising, reporting and communications. Workshops are designed for those seeking an introduction to the basic provisions of the law as well as for those more experienced in campaign finance law.