Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois.
(CNN) - Presidential contender Sen. Barack Obama announced Sunday his campaign raised at least $32.5 million in the second quarter, the highest amount ever raised by a Democratic candidate, topping the first quarter fund-raising and exceeding predictions from rival Hillary Clinton’s campaign for her take in the same period.
In a statement, Obama’s campaign they received money from over 154,000 donors in the quarter, up from 104,000 donors they cited in the first quarter. The campaign said it raised "at least" $31 million in the second quarter in primary money, and a total counting general election funds of $32.5 million.
In a surprising first quarter performance, the Illinois Democrat raised $25.7 million, worth $24.8 million going to the primary campaign.
Obama said in the statement, "Together, we have built the largest grassroots campaign in history for this stage of a Presidential race. We now have hundreds of thousands of Americans who are ready to demand health care for all, energy independence, and an end to this war in Iraq. That’s the kind of movement that can change the special interest-driven politics in Washington and transform our country. And it’s just the beginning."
Last week, Clinton spokesman Howard Wolfson said he expected Clinton bring in $27 million this quarter, but they have not announced their numbers since the period ended. Last quarter, Clinton raised $26 million, with $19 million in primary dollars.
An Obama campaign official provided CNN with an e-mail going out to supporters Sunday. In it, campaign manager David Plouffe said,"The pundits and political insiders questioned whether a new leader and fledgling campaign could compete with the big money and massive organization of other candidates who have been preparing to run for years, and even decades. Well, for the second consecutive quarter, you’ve helped send a resounding answer."
Plouffe write that the number of donors, much of it small donations., "sends an unmistakable message to the political establishment that the same old politics just won’t do in 2008."
He said the fundraising will allow them to compete fully funded in all February 5 contests in large states like California and New York, saying "frankly, when we entered this race, we did not think that was possible. We estimated at this point of the campaign we'd be at least $20-25 million behind one of our fellow candidates. But due to the amazing outpouring of support from people all across the country, remarkably, we should be on at least even financial footing for the duration of the campaign”.
I THINK HE IS AWESOME!!!
love u president obama
I think it's great that someone new to the scene who can communicate a vision for this country is doing so well, and I hope his success continues.
As for those of you who think Sen. Obama and all those others who voted for the immigration bill voted for amnesty, I suggest you look the work up in the dictionary. "Amnesty" is defined in Webster's 21st Century Dictionary as "general pardon by a governemnt, esp. for political crimes". It further defines "pardon" as "official release from penalty or punishment". The bill requires illegal immigrants to pay a hefty fine and is therefore by definition not amnesty. Look it up.
The article said that $32.5 million was the highest amount ever raised by a Democratic candidate. Anybody know how this compares to the GOP record?
Obama is the man for the White House. He will be the finest President since Kennedy. I will contribute every quarter to the election. He is a man with a heart, brain and energy. He is FRESH. The presidency is not a dynasty.
It is extremely disturbing and right down foolish to watch how the American population has been duped by foolish promises trivia and shallow characters of candidates. No substance to their platforms or how they intend to protect the constitutional freedoms we have been entrusted with. The only things that sway the voters are how much money these foolish candidates have raised. This works across parties and people fall suckers to this. No thought as to what these politicians stand for ( god forbid that any of them should be called 'statesmen'). We diserve the candidates we are faced with.
This bodes extremely well for the future of the USA. Way to go, Barack! We're with you.
Reading the comments is a true lesson in democracy in action. Regardless of who wins the Democratic nomination, I intend to vote for him or her. Enough already of the Bush doctrine!
Meanwhile, the more we debate and learn about what the candidates believe in and say they will do, the better. Even at the risk of generating more heat than light, it's great to have a robust debate going on in the Democratic Party!! Go Dems!!
Yah, the Iraq war is about to end now that Obama is for sure the next president of the US
I am not an America, but looking at your campaign from far I do believe you are trying your best to elect the right man for the top office. Realizing America's image around the world today, it is time Americans choose the path of reconcillian and deplomacy and the only path is to bring Barack to the table. Clinton will not bring anything new to politics. It will be the old politic we knew and if she is nominated, republicans will definately win. I am afraid big pocket people might use their influence to get Hilary on the table and loose the raise ultimately. Obama is a smart man and he has a fine resume.Make the right choice for the sake of the world. God bless you all.
Your on your way Mr. President your on your way.
So far Obama seems be doing what everyone else says should be done. Makes you start thinking real change is possible.
What experience does Hillary have over Obama? Eight years as a political wife?
Yeah, she can pander in a debate and get a standing ovation from paid supporters. Big deal.
The national poll numbers mean nothing. It's the state polls that matter, and Obama is ahead in S. Carolina.
Also, if the Dems came into the Congress supposedly bringing new accountability, when will Hillary release her earmarks? Obama was the first congressperson to release his, and is the ONLY presidential candidate to do so.
How bout those earmarks, Hillary.
To respond to the query about how this compares to the record that a GOP may have set, I believe that President Bush raised $34 million from June – September 2003. I could be perfectly wrong in the timeline but am very certain of the figure.
I'm 100% committed to voting Republican in 08... if the nomination goes to Ron Paul. Since that's unlikely (though possible!), I'm hoping Obama will be there for the Democrat ticket. As passionate as Hillary may be about the job, I think she's down right unelectable, and there is not one Republican candidate other than Paul that I want to see in the White House.
So here's hoping Obama's record fundraising is used well and he gets the nomination. That way we'll have at least one optimist to vote for.
Let me first preface this by saying that we've got some great candidates and I haven't committed to one over another as of yet. But to all those who are disparaging Hillary as "unelectable", I would have to beg to differ. Once Bill really lends his credability to this campaign, we'll see a slew of African-American voters stepping in to support her.
I was disappointed to see that CNN's front page on Obama has the poll numbers listed as Clinton 43%-Obama 25%, when you could easily check the most recent poll with Clinton 35%-Obama 23%. Sloppy fact checking. Clearly Obama is gaining traction and is going to give Hillary a run for her money.
Lastly, I just want to say that the "empty suit" and "lack of experience" is so tired and not really applicable when comparing Clinton with Obama. Hillary is now in her second term as a Senator, but before that, had only experience as an attorney and wife of a president. Obama, on the other hand, has spent several years in his community (something I would consider GREAT experience versus self-promoting politicians hanging out in Washington for years), 8 years in the Illinois Senate, and now a first term in the US Senate. He has good, moderate views that will help to bridge the country, as well as sound policy on his initiatives. In any case, it appears that we have several great candidates that will undoubtedly prove to beat the Republica challenger next fall.