Money poured into President Barack Obama’s campaign coffers as he announced his support for gay marriage, making May 9 one of the top fundraising days of his re-election effort.
New Federal Election Commission reports show his campaign collected $1.8 million, more than six times as much it did the previous day. The money infusion continued May 10, with another $1.6 million raised, though that coincided with an Obama fundraiser at actor George Clooney’s Los Angeles house.
“It is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married,” Obama said in an ABC News interview, portions of which first aired May 9 and was broadcast again May 10. Throughout his first term, he’d said his views on the issue were “evolving.”
Some donors had predicted such a political cash windfall from elated gay-rights supporters. And his campaign quickly dispatched an e-mailed fundraising push tied to the issue.
Juan Ahonen-Jover said he and his partner Ken Ahonen-Jover made a $10,000 donation, the maximum allowed, within 30 minutes of the initial televised interview.
“People like us will donate immediately,” Juan Ahonen-Jover said. “This is exactly what we’ve been looking for.”
Republican challenger Mitt Romney saw no discernible fundraising impact from the president’s gay-marriage endorsement. His most lucrative two days of the month were May 7, when he raised $1.8 million, and May 21, when he pulled in $1.9 million.
On May 9, the Romney campaign reported raising about $510,000.