I have some news for you today.
In the hours before Iowans went to their local caucuses four weeks ago, the 500,000th person donated to our campaign.
It took us nearly a year to grow that unprecedented base of individual donors. We rejected donations from Washington lobbyists and special interest PACs and relied on ordinary people to take ownership of this campaign -- and the result was more donors than any presidential primary campaign has had in history.
Here's the news today: so far in January alone, more than 224,000 people have given to this campaign.
If we can reach 250,000 donors for January by midnight tonight, it will show the undeniable strength and incredible momentum of our grassroots movement.
You were part of the nearly 500,000 people who gave to our campaign in 2007 and got us this far. If you give today, another supporter like you will match your donation.
Make your first donation of 2008 now:
These 224,000 people are giving whatever they can afford -- more than ninety percent of our donors this year have given $100 or less.
But what's even more inspiring is that they are also making phone calls, knocking on doors, planning local events, and even serving as Precinct Captains in the 22 states that will vote on Tuesday.
These are not just donors -- they are organizers doing the kind of local, grassroots organizing that is the foundation of real change. Together we are seizing this moment to upend the tired politics of the past and usher in a new era of active citizenship in our party and in our democracy.
From our historic victory in Iowa in the first days of 2008 through our resounding win in South Carolina last Saturday, January has been the most critical time of the campaign so far.
Hitting this goal of 250,000 donors will close out this historic month. And the fresh momentum and energy will carry us through the 22 state contests on February 5th and beyond.
This is an incredible moment, and I hope you will take time now to help reach this goal:
Thank you for being part of this,
I have previously donated to Barack and finally decided to endorse him in December. I was moved by this email to donate again, and have filled out my vote-by-mail ballot for Barack Obama. I urge you to do so as well!