Clinton will likely surpass her first quarter fundraising haul.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Hillary Clinton will likely surpass her presidential fundraising haul of $26 million collected in the first quarter of 2007 by about $1 million, the New York Democrat's presidential campaign spokesman stated Thursday in a blog posted on her campaign website.
"We expect to bring in what we did in the First Quarter, or slightly more, which would put us in the range of $27 million," wrote Howard Wolfson, Clinton's communication director. "To put that figure in some perspective, it is more than any Democrat has ever raised in the second quarter of the 'off' year."
But Wolfson added that the Clinton campaign expects one of her chief rivals, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, to outraise them in the second quarter.
"While that figure is record setting, we do expect Senator Obama to significantly outraise us this quarter," he wrote.
Oftentimes, campaigns will seek to lower projections on their own fundraising goals, while seeking to increase expectations of their opponents. There are still three days remaining for campaigns to raise money before the books on the second quarter close Saturday at midnight.
An Obama campaign official did tell CNN Thursday morning that the Illinois Democrat has more than doubled the number of new individual contributors to his presidential campaign in the second quarter, and has a goal of 250,000 unique contributors by Saturday night.
Obama reported raising $25 million in the first quarter of 2007. He is expected to at least match and will likely show that he has exceeded that fundraising number when the final figures are made public.
– CNN Political Editor Mark Preston