Despite Thursday night’s controversial showing during the first presidential debate, President Obama raked in $181 million in campaign donations in September. The campaign said that 1,825,813 people gave last month, and 567,000 were new financial supporters. Reuters reports that the average donation was $53.
Obama’s campaign is proud of its base of low-dollar donors, believing that gives the president an advantage, especially at the end of the election cycle when supporters can keep giving even if they have donated before.
Since the campaign officially kicked off in April 2011, 3.9 million people have donated, it said.
The big number is another piece of good news for Obama after a jobs report on Friday showed unemployment had dipped to 7.8 percent.
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