January 31st, 2012
04:40 PM ET
Washington (CNN) – The Obama campaign has officially reported to the Federal Election Commission raising $68 million from 583,000 donors in the 4th quarter of 2011, according to an Obama campaign official.
These numbers are consistent with those announce by the campaign in a video released in early January.
What's new is the list of approximately four hundred big bundlers they published on the Obama campaign website – along with the amounts each raised.
The term bundlers refers to big fundraisers who "bundle" large amounts of donations together.
Some notable names: longtime Democrat and Dreamworks co-founder Jeffrey Katzenberg raised half a million dollars as did Vogue editor Anna Wintour. Ari Emanuel – the Hollywood superagent and brother of the one-time chief-of staff – raised one hundred to two hundred thousand dollars.
The Obama campaign is trying to use the announcement of their bundlers to draw a contrast with the Republicans in the race. A campaign aide points out they "voluntarily disclose" their bundlers "unlike the Republican candidates running in 2012."
Campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt doubled down with a tweet saying "President Bush and Senator McCain disclosed their bundlers. President Obama did again today. What are this year's GOP candidates hiding?"
Democratic strategists tell CNN polling has shown that "ethics" and demonstrating that the President has "high ethical standards" scores well among independent voters. The campaign's effort to highlight that it's revealing its donors seems part of their larger message, to sell the President as – in the words of the Obama campaign's first campaign ad of the 2012 cycle – the "most ethical" ever.
A campaign official also says 200,000 of the donors in the 4th quarter are new to the campaign since 2008. The average contribution was $55, and 98% of contributions were $250 or less.
From around the web