Less than a week before the first major fundraising period of the 2012 campaign comes to a close, the Obama campaign is making a final push for new grassroots donors.
“Of course we have a budget and financial goals,” said campaign manager Jim Messina in an email blast to supporters. “But we believe that the true strength of our campaign is the number of everyday people owning a piece of it.”
Messina said the campaign has set a target of 450,000 individual donors by the June 30 deadline. A meter on the campaign website showed 377,151 donors as of this writing.
Sources close to the campaign have previously said aides hoped to raise $60 million for the Obama Victory Fund during the second quarter –- a goal pegged to the amount raised jointly by President George W. Bush and the RNC for his reelection campaign during the same period in 2003.
A Democratic Party official said Friday that the Obama campaign is “close to the mark, but not there yet” on the fundraising goal. The fund is joint effort of the campaign and the DNC