Drop-off in gifts to Obama in Mass.
Far fewer give maximum as enthusiasm wanes
For Obama, whose political star first rose in Boston when he delivered the keynote at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, the passion he engendered among Bay State donors in 2008 helped his campaign shatter presidential fundraising records. Four years later, the exuberance appears to have waned as the tough realities of governing set in, both according to some fundraisers themselves and as measured by the numbers. The number of Massachusetts donors giving the maximum has dropped by nearly half compared to the same time in 2008.