Obama campaign now accepting text donations
August 23rd, 2012
11:21 AM ET

Obama campaign now accepting text donations

WHITE HOUSE (CNN) - President Obama may have been out-raised by Republican Mitt Romney's campaign over the last few months, but Obama for America has a new tool in their pocket to help fill their coffers.

Starting today, supporters can send donations under $50 by texting "GIVE" to 62262, the Obama campaign's text short code.  Customers of Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, and U.S. Cellular will be able to donate via text message starting this week and AT&T and other companies' customers will get the approval soon, according to the Obama campaign.

Even though the president has held numerous fundraisers, where ticket prices go as high as $35,800 a piece, the campaign has long stated they rely on large numbers of small-dollar donations to meet their goals.

“Grassroots giving is powering this campaign,” Obama Campaign Manager Jim Messina said. “Since April 2011, more than 2.7 million people have pitched in to own a piece of the President’s campaign, and last month 98 percent of donors gave less than $250. Accepting small donations by text message will help us engage even more grassroots supporters who want to play a role by donating whatever they can afford to the campaign – and get the President re-elected in November.”

At the end of July, Mitt Romney's campaign and the Republican party had approximately $62 million more on hand than Obama and the Democratic party, according to the latest fundraising totals filed with the Federal Election Commission on Monday.

The Obama campaign says they will advertise the new way of contributing in campaign literature and on screens at Obama campaign rallies. They also point out that charges will be applied to cell phones bills and supporters can only text up to six messages a month.

soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. daveyoung

    My dog wanted to throw Obama a bone. I sent him outside, he sleeps outside from now on.

    August 23, 2012 at 11:49 am |
    • Howard

      All of America is smelling the obama desperation !!!

      August 23, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
      • Cynthia L.

        Actually, Howard Latina/diana, you are smelling your own socks.

        August 23, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
  2. acdcguy

    Texting, a shoot around with NBA....whats next, lemonade stand? garage sale ? It's fun watching him sweat!!!

    August 23, 2012 at 12:21 pm |
    • Howard

      Soon ... obama will be begging school kids to send him their lunch money ... and, seniors to send him their social security checks ... this snake oil salesman, and charlatan, lied his way into the White House, with the help of the lame stream media ... now, it's time to take back America, and vote him OUT in November !!!

      August 23, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
    • demwit

      Hey! Thats a great idea!!
      If Obama holds a garage sell, the Clinton's can donate all those items they stole from the White House in 2000.

      August 23, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
  3. Kool-Aid Police

    The hole wedding gift thing they tried was desperate. Obama wants my tax dollars plus more in donations, no way! It's time to get rid of this marxist failure.

    August 23, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
  4. jsmoulder

    Did he spend all the money he raised last time, or did he pocket it?

    August 23, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
  5. The Voucher Plan will include a "Legalize Euthanasia" clause and a free gun to commit suicide

    You will need it when your health care money runs out.

    August 23, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
    • Frank Marshall Davis

      You need it now!

      August 23, 2012 at 6:44 pm |
    • Lizzie

      But according to the democrats people over 55 are not productive anymore, so they don't need medical care, besides we have to safe money.

      August 23, 2012 at 11:52 pm |
      • Cynthia L.

        The Democrats are saying no such thing. Do you always lie when you think it will benefit you? Pretty low.

        August 24, 2012 at 1:07 am |
    • Cynthia L.

      The voucher plan is Ryan's little baby. What a horrible joke he is trying to pull on American seniors.

      August 24, 2012 at 1:09 am |
  6. mikle

    I feel shame what is going on in USA. Now ICE sue Napolitano, Obama sue Ohio and many state. I never see anything like that.

    August 23, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  7. jnl

    Cool – so easy to use – I just made my donation through text message. Go Obama!

    August 23, 2012 at 7:23 pm |
  8. California

    The Obama Campaign is desperate.

    I love the smell of liberal fear.

    August 23, 2012 at 10:51 pm |
    • Cynthia L.

      WASHINGTON POST reporting today –
      A New York website GAWKERS has done a Bain Document Dump. Listing 18 Bain investments and 3 hedge-funds in which Romney, his wife Ann and his children have invested.
      Some of the funds listed are the Caymen Islands tax havens, and other underlying assets that included loans to companies ranging from"HEALTHCARE FIRMS" to the "LAS VEGAS SANDS" the casino owned by MAJOR DONOR Sheldon Adelson who is the largest public donor in the presidential campaign giving more than $45 Million to Republican candidates.

      PARADE MAGAZINE interview this weekend on Mitt and Ann Romney have them explaining how giving more tax info to the American people will be an invasion of privacy concerning their 'charitable contributions' to their church. Funny, that's all they've talked about concerning their taxes and now it's suppose to be private. What a crock.

      August 24, 2012 at 1:21 am |
  9. november2012

    taking from the poor to keep a failed president his job...does that really make sense?

    August 23, 2012 at 11:38 pm |
    • Lizzie

      So you're not texting money, but he is asking, is it not unamerican not to respond.

      August 23, 2012 at 11:50 pm |
  10. jnl

    why my comment is still waiting for moderation? some of other comments later than mine were already published?
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Cool – so easy to use – I just made my donation through text message. Go Obama!
    August 23, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Reply

    August 24, 2012 at 8:01 am |