Obama Funding Own Campaign: More than $200 Donated Online

Photograph by Luke Sharrett/The New York Times via Redux

President Barack Obama speaks at the National Urban League convention in New Orleans on July 25, 2012.

The Obama campaign lately has issued a lot of e-mails about the urgency of contributing money to the president’s re-election drive.

Looks like Obama read them.

The president cracks open a laptop.

”I’m not just talking the talk — I’m walking the walk,” Obama says of the $5 and $10 and $25 donations his campaign has depended upon.

“I have cleared this with Michelle, I want everybody to know,” he says at the keyboard of the computer as he registers his donation.

“This is going to be a competitive race,” he says. “The way we win, is because we have a lot more supporters who are passionate.”

Republican rival Mitt Romney’s campaign has collected about one in 10 of its dollars from people donating $200 or less. Obama has collected four in 10 of his dollars in small denominations.

The one thing Obama doesn’t disclose in the video about his donation is the amount of his donation, though there’s a subtle hint here: Contributions of more than $200 require submission of the donor’s employment and occupation.

Obama types his employer: The United States of America.

And occupation: President.

He also saves his payment information online, which means the campaign will call on him.


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