While it's yet to be determined how President Obama coming out in favor of same-sex marriage will affect his votes, it's already proven to be massively beneficial for his campaign fundraising.
More after the jump.
Though campaign officials have declined to say just how much money has been contributed since Obama's announcement yesterday, a source involved with his fundraising efforts called the response “astounding.”
BuzzFeed quoted an unnamed Democrat, who says the campaign raised $1 million in the first 90 minutes after Obama’s announcement. Though a campaign spokesman for Obama denies that number.
The announcement has certainly galvanized Obama's progressive base. Treasurer of the Democratic National Committee and LGBT rights activist, Andrew Tobias confirms this: “Here I thought the LGBT community was already knocking it out of the ballpark for Obama, and now I see they’ve expanded the ballpark. And many of my straight donors are energized as well. People are excited up and down the line.”
It looks like campaign will need to prepare itself for more massive influxes of cash. Tonight Obama will be attending a $40,000-a-plate dinner with actor George Clooney in Los Angeles. The Washington Post says the dinner could bring in as much as $16 million in donations online and in person, based on talks with several top donors.
Obama will also be attending an LGBT gala on June 6, which will be attended by nearly 700 people. They'll presumably be giving him a very warm welcome after yesterday's events.
The gala's organizer puts it bluntly: “This man has come out 100 percent for our community, and each and every member of the community must now step up and do everything he or she can to see that he is reelected."
Did yesterday's "coming out" party inspire you to open up your wallets for Obama, Instincters?