By Eric Johnson and Kim Dixon
CHICAGO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Nearly two-thirds
of the $86 million raised by President Barack Obama for his
re-election effort in recent months came from small donations
of under $200 or less, according to filings released on
Obama released top-line data on his campaign from April to
June earlier this week which showed him breaking a prior
fundraising record by former president George W. Bush. Obama's
campaign raised $47 million on its own and another $39 million
was generated by the Democratic National Committee (DNC).
The data underscored the campaign's promise of targeting
small-dollar donations instead of powerful political action
committees, as the Democratic incumbent seeks re-election in
More than 65 percent of the funds raised by the Democratic
incumbent's campaign, Obama for America, were from donations of
$200 or less, according to Federal Election Commission (FEC)
filings. On average, 61 percent of contributions made to the
DNC were less than $200.
Obama's incumbency has allowed him to raise more than his
Republican rivals, who have to battle each other while seeking
their party's presidential nomination and who lack a national
The Republican front-runner Mitt Romney raised $18.25
million in the second quarter, with just $1 million, or less
than one percent, coming from donations of $200 or less,
according to campaign filings.
The fast-rising Michele Bachmann, a Republican
Representative from Minnesota, raised $4.2 million in the
second quarter, including a $2 million transfer from her House
committee, her campaign said on Friday.
BIG MONEY BUNDLERS
Obama's campaign also on Friday disclosed a list of
so-called bundlers, 244 wealthy people who commit to raise a
certain amount of money, for example $100,000 or more, for the
None of the major Republican candidates choose to release
such detailed lists.
Among Obama's bundlers are hedge fund manager Orin Kramer,
and Vogue magazine editor Anna Wintour.
Romney, meanwhile, did not disclose a detailed list but he
did spell out those federal lobbyists who raised money for him,
which is required by law. Romney said lobbyists raised about
$518,000 of his $18.25 million second quarter haul.
The Obama campaign has said it will not take money from
"President Bush disclosed his bundlers, but the current
GOP field has not followed suit, raising questions about the
extent to which special interests are funding their campaigns,"
Obama spokesman Ben LaBolt said.
Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul said that all of Romney's
donations have been disclosed, albeit in reams of documents
filed with the FEC on Friday.
(Editing by Paul Simao)
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