Obama’s ’08 Donors Keep Wallets Shut

Poor economy, disillusionment to blame


President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign has lost nearly 90 percent of its donors from the 2008 election.

According to a BuzzFeed analysis of campaign finance data, 88% of the people who gave $200 or more in 2008 — 537,806 people — have not yet given that sum this year. And this drop-off isn’t simply an artifact of timing. A full 87% of the people who gave $200 — the sum that triggers an itemized report to the Federal Elections Commission — through April of 2008, 182,078 people, had not contributed by the end of last month.

Some former supporters told Buzzfeed that the bleak economic picture has left them unable to give, while others complained that Obama has not kept his campaign promises.

"I didn’t feel good that what I expected wasn’t done," said Prashant Kothari, 65, an anesthesiologist from Tiffin, Ohio who gave $500 in 2008. "The promises during the campaign didn’t materialize."