Obama Scores $7.8M in San Francisco Blitz

Biggest take for a single day; this time no 'bitter' gaffes
By Sam Biddle,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 18, 2008 9:45 AM CDT
Barack Obama raised a whopping $7.8 mil in one night at a San Francisco fundraiser.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama raised $7.8 million at a series of San Francisco fundraisers last night, the Los Angeles Times reports, reportedly a record single day's take for the candidate. Obama spoke before three separate groups in the same hotel, including one ballroom filled with 350 VIPs paying a reported $28,500 per couple.

The evening was a big improvement over the spring San Francisco fundraiser where Obama made the remark about "bitter" small-town Americans clinging to their God and their guns, which helped him lose to Hillary Clinton in Pennsylvania. This time he hit some of the same themes, but more carefully: "Americans understand the disaster of these last 8 years. But we also know that change is always tough. Even when people are having a tough time, sometimes the devil you know may be preferable to the unknown."