Before August, Sen. Barack Obama's best fundraising month was February, when he raised $55 million.
Obama, D-Ill., was set to just fall short of that in August, a month that included some vacation time in Hawaii, when all of a sudden, on August 29, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., picked Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate.
Obama campaign officials reported that the Palin pick not only energized the GOP base, she energized her opponents, as well. Within 24 hours of McCain's surprise announcement that he'd picked Palin -- a conservative governor who, just two years ago, was a small-town mayor who had never obtained a passport -- the Obama campaign had raised more than $10 million.
And money kept coming in through the end of August and beyond, Obama campaign officials say.
Thus, it was Palin who enabled Obama to raise more money in August than has ever been raised in history. Yet another accomplishment for her precedent-setting candidacy.