by: Matt Stoller
Let's put the Obama activist and donor numbers in perspective - 650,000 donors is a lot, but John Kerry had around 2 million donors, and George Bush had roughly as many. Richard Viguerie and Roger Craver, direct mail gurus, have frequently noted that there are roughly 10 million political direct mail donors in this country total, though that number might have changed. What is novel about the Obama campaign is not the number of donors but the involvement of those people in his campaign. They are working in caucuses and volunteering, not just giving. This has been a strategy since the beginning.
What is remarkable about the last 48 hours is the haul by the Hillary Clinton campaign of around $7 million from 45,000 online donors or so.