The Obama campaign said Saturday that it had reached another grass-roots milestone, surpassing 4 million individual donors in 2012.
The number marks the latest bit of good fundraising news for President Obama, even as he faces his toughest challenge in the polls from Republican nominee Mitt Romney. The reelection effort said this month that it had collected more than 10 million individual donations — which can include multiple contributions from the same person — and had raised $181 million in September.
The Obama campaign has raised more than half its money from donations under $200, and is close to hitting $1 billion raised between the campaign and the Democratic National Committee. Romney, by contrast, has relied more on wealthy donors who contribute both to his campaign and to a network of conservative groups supporting his candidacy.
The donor milestone, first reported by the Associated Press, was announced to supporters Saturday night in an e-mail from Obama field director Jeremy Bird.