As we head into autumn, and Thanksgiving, we should remember how lucky our presidential candidates really are: Every month, their “friends” give them tens of millions of dollars in political money. Since our summer infographic, fundraising has only accelerated, giving the candidates record piles of loot—over 700 million dollars between them. For Obama and Romney, Christmas started this summer and will last half the year.
Obama has more Santas – almost four time more – than Romney, but they give less: Barack’s donors give $50 on average, while Mitt’s give about $140. The rate of giving has increased every month, and while Romney had some good months at the end of the summer, in September Obama took back the lead. Check out a detailed break-down of gifts, and when they came, in the graphic.
In all this, remember that a lot of the money is coming from big donors, and even the small donors are giving about $30 on average. Autumn’s harvest is certainly bountiful, especially if you’re running for office.
EDITOR’S NOTE: The Obama campaign began this election cycle with cash on hand. This explains the discrepancy between “Total Raised” and the amounts shown in the line chart at the bottom of this graphic