July 2nd, 2007
05:40 PM ET
4 years ago

Well-funded Obama hits Granite State

Obama campaigned in New Hampshire Monday.

LACONIA, New Hampshire (CNN) - Illinois Sen. Barack Obama basked in the glory of knowing he has full campaign coffers Monday while campaigning in the early voting state of New Hampshire.

Speaking to a few hundred people gathered to meet him in Laconia, the Democratic presidential hopeful said, "This week I got a lot of attention for raising a lot of money."

Over the weekend, Obama's campaign announced it had raised $32.5 million in the second quarter of 2007, most of which can be used in the primary election. Late last week, Sen. Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign announced the New York Democrat had raised around $27 million in the same time period, $21 million of which can be used in the primary race.

Obama called it "a wonderful thing because we've got 250-thousand people donating to our campaign....people who are giving 5 dollars, 10 dollars and 25 dollars."

He said 90 percent of his donations were $100 or less.

Touching on his usual themes of health care, education, climate change and terrorism, Obama proclaimed he is ready to lead the country. He also argued that the reason there are big crowds coming out to see him everywhere he goes is because there is a "burning desire for change" in America.

– CNN Producer Fan Fifis

soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Carolyn, Denham Springs, La.

    What happened to the day when a candidate ran on his pledges and promises to the people to govern according to their will and wishes? When did we become a country that the highest office in our land could be bought by the person who raised the most money by whatever means????? I am appalled to see that with the elections over a year away and the conventions to choose a candidate still a year away, it's already been decided that Sen. Obama will take the winnings because he's raised $32Mil. so far. This does an extreme disservice to Mr. Obama who could have made great contributions to our country, and to all the other candidates in the race. Does this mean that they no longer have to push the issues anymore, for the 2008 election is a done deal, decided by the almighty dollar?!!!!

    July 2, 2007 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  2. Robert M. Reidy, Tillson, N.Y.

    The ground keeps a swelling for the Obama campaign and I think there is much more to follow it up. This carefully measured run for the democratic primary is just in its infancy in terms of excitement. This new found stature will get Barak Obama more coverage and the more time he gets the more he will catch on.
    He is the man of the hour and the leader the world needs in this troubled time. I can see 500,000 doners under a
    100 dollars by October. Place your bets, this candidate is a winner!

    July 2, 2007 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  3. JULIA, HOUSTON, TX

    IMPEACH BUSH, CHENEY

    July 2, 2007 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  4. West Columbia, SC

    GO BARRACK !!!

    July 2, 2007 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  5. Gursharan Singh, K Lumpur, Malaysia

    Politics is money. Big donors will expect to be paid back with interest in the form of government contracts or exemption from taxes and/or protection from compliance of laws that require high costs.

    This is normal under the capitalistic economy system worldwide that is led by US practices.

    GSK/3.7.07

    July 2, 2007 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  6. Allan Michaels Baltimore Maryland

    I believe this money came direct from
    Miss Oprah Winfrey who has become an octopus with many many arms I am sure she has provided the majority of this funding thru her staff friends and cohorts. To her 31 million dollars is but a pittance and she could easily have made this happen.

    July 3, 2007 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  7. Shawnie - Grants Pass, OR

    Carolyn, People vote with their dollars. Obama's fund raising is significant because he is getting small donations from a whole bunch of people. People contribute to whom they will vote for. That is why it is significant, not because money buys the race. Obama certainly is not the type to back off of his principles nor his original platform.

    July 3, 2007 07:55 am at 7:55 am |