2nd quarter fundraising

Jonathan Garthwaite
Posted: Jun 28, 2007 12:27 PM

The deadline is midnight Saturday but the Obama folks are already bragging about their preliminary numbers ahead of the official filing reports at the end of the month.

The freshman Illinois senator impressed rivals in the first quarter when he reported 104,000 donors, but he surpassed the mark in the second quarter with 138,000 more opening their wallets, the campaign announced Thursday.

The campaign won't say yet how much the donors have given, but the large number suggests their fundraising will be competitive with the $25.7 million he raised in the first quarter. A campaign official speaking on the condition of anonymity tried to tamp down expectations by disclosing that the average donation in the second quarter is likely to be less than the roughly $247 in the first quarter.

The campaign said it's goal is to attract 250,000 donors by midnight on Saturday, the next money reporting deadline, and was running a live tally on his Web site to help bring in more. It was about 4,000 short as of midday Thursday.

The campaign said it collected more than 339,000 contributions -- meaning that many individuals made repeat donations -- and its goal will be to reach 350,000 by the deadline.