Obama's 2008 donors not giving this time around



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SALT LAKE CITY — The majority of President Obama's campaign donors in 2008 haven't yet put up money this time around.

Four years ago, more than 550,000 people gave $200 or more to Pres. Obama's campaign, which puts their names on a donor list — the largest presidential donor list in U.S. history.

But Buzzfeed compared that list with this year's donor list and found 88 percent of those donors have not returned. Buzzfeed contacted some of the previous donors who said they are a bit disappointed with Mr. Obama's presidency or their financial situations are tighter, so they don't have extra cash to give.

But those interviewed said this doesn't mean they're switching parties. Most said they still plan to vote for Pres. Obama. They just don't have the same excitement level they had four years ago.

The large number of donors not returning also does not mean the president's campaign is behind in fundraising. Incumbents from both parties typically do well in getting large donations from corporations and groups.

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Randall Jeppesen

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