October 17th, 2007
03:30 PM ET
7 years ago

Obama rakes in nearly $1M in a day

Obama has raised nearly $1 million in the last day.

(CNN) –Sen. Barack Obama raised nearly $1 million in just over one day, his campaign announced Wednesday.

The Illinois Democrat sent an e-mail to supporters Tuesday asking for contributions to "close the gap" between him and Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York. Third quarter fundraising numbers showed Obama to be $2.1 million behind Clinton in primary funds.

Obama’s campaign claims it had received $950,000 in donations between Tuesday morning and Wednesday afternoon.

– CNN Political Assignment Editor Katy Byron

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (97 Responses)
  1. Jim Bremer

    Burqa Hussein Osama

    October 17, 2007 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  2. Robert Miller, AL

    I'll tell you why Obama raked in $1 million in a day. Yes, I donated $75 bucks. Folks like me are tired of carpetbagging scheming politicians like HRC who plotted years ago to run for a Senate seat in NY to springboard for a Pres run -recall how folks predicted a DECADE ago she would run. Her choice of NY state was no accident – primarily due to access to $$$ and media – note her "media surge" as of late – and political connections. Note also how access to these very same items in NY have helped catapult Rudy G to the top of the Repub polls. Folks are tired of inexperienced politicians using family connections to gain express access to power. Folks are fed up with corporate lobby PAC fueled campaigns. We want REAL change, no more bickering, we want someone to unite America and encourage us to work together, be we Republican, Democrats or Independents. We want someone who inspires us with positivity by his example, not someone plays on fears and prejudices to garner support (by quietly promoting falsehoods like "America is not ready to elect a black president"). We wants someone who appeals to the common man, not colluding with wealthy power brokers to screw us over. And that's why we want Barack Obama for President of the United States 2008!! Go Obama Go!!!

    October 17, 2007 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  3. jds, slc, ut

    It's great to see so many Obama supporters. It gives me hope.

    I too, have never contributed to a campaign, until Obama's.

    I truly believe that as long as Obama's supporters don't lose hope, Obama will win in Iowa and everywhere else.

    The polls everyone quotes don't include all the people new to politics that Obama has inspired. Heck, they don't even include people with cell phones!



    October 17, 2007 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  4. Liberal Chic

    Well, I'd sure hate to see a lot of people's faces if Obama doesn't become the nominee.

    October 17, 2007 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  5. Feb Moria, Lilburn,GA

    Bush-Clinton fatigue is catching in
    Time out team!
    Turn the page
    Barack the vote, even Dick Cheneys wife endorsed him

    October 18, 2007 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  6. Bethany, St. Louis MO

    Those of you who make fun of his name prove that you are ignorant.

    Then again...you can't attack him for flip-flopping, because he doesn't.

    You can't attack him for taking money from lobbyists...because he doesn't.

    You can't attack him for supporting the war...because he never has.

    So, you attack his name. How mature.

    In your honor, I'm donating more money to his campaign.

    Obama in '08!!

    October 18, 2007 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  7. Juanito, Washington, DC

    Just donated $50 to Obama's campaign adter reading Jim Bremer's idiotic post. Thanks for the motivation, Jim.

    October 18, 2007 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  8. Lily, Phoenix

    We're enthusiastically getting ready in Phoenix to host a Turn the Page Rally for Barack at Arizona State University on Friday! In the last few days, our dedicated volunteers have logged thousands of phone calls, canvassed, made signs, and worked tirelessly for Obama. This is a truly grassroots campaign, and I for one can't wait to see the Obamas restore dignity and integrity to the White House. A million dollars in one day is amazing, but it pales in comparison to the millions of volunteer hours that are the backbone of this campaign. Obama in '08!

    October 18, 2007 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  9. Anonymous

    After reading all these posts, count me in. I just donated 50 dollars!

    Go OBAMA!!!!!

    October 18, 2007 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  10. Grace, Washington, Iowa

    Wait. Let me get this straight. Are you telling me that this guy Barack Obama is raising 1 million in a day from average Americans donating $20 and $5?

    Does anyone have a link to this event?

    My God! If this is true, I don't see how anyone can beat this guy.

    October 18, 2007 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  11. Diamond, Bradenton, FL

    Here. This is the link for you:


    You're welcome to join the movement to take our government back. The greatest democracy in the world cannot be a mafia controlled by two families- Bush and Clinton.

    It sends a wrong message to the world and to futue generations- that you must have a certain name or come from a certain family to serve your country. After that, whose turn? Chelsea Clinton? Jenna Bush?

    Let's break the cycle NOW. Democrats don't want another Clinton. Neither do Republicans and Independents.

    October 18, 2007 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  12. Grace, Washington, Iowa

    Let me get this straight. This guy Barack Obama is raising 1 million in a day from average Americans donating $20 and $5?

    I'm still waiting. Does anyone have a link to the event?

    If this is true, it will be near impossible to beat this guy, regardless of any polls you may be looking at.

    October 18, 2007 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  13. Diamond, Bradenton, FL

    Someone asked for the link. Here it is:


    You're welcome to join the movement to take our government back. The greatest democracy in the world cannot be a mafia controlled by two families- Bush and Clinton.

    It sends a wrong message to the world and to futue generations- that you must have a certain name or come from a certain family to serve your country. After that, whose turn? Chelsea Clinton? Jenna Bush?

    Let's break the cycle NOW. Democrats don't want another Clinton. Neither do Republicans and Independents.

    October 18, 2007 01:42 am at 1:42 am |
  14. Bradley Schaubs, Greeley, CO

    As of this post (10-17-07 at 11:33 PM), the Obama campaign has raised $1,329,359 towards closing his $2.1 million gap between his and HRC's funds. Truly, this goes to show that when the common people unite, anything becomes possible. I predict that at this rate, Obama will have "closed the gap" by 11 AM. Yes, that's right...the donations just keep coming in.

    I bet Hillary and her lobbyist supporters are shaking in their political boots to see such a climb in funds. Ignoring the "polls", Obama may very well oust HRC before the Democratic primaries. I pray all goes in his favor in Iowa and South Carolina.

    My fellow Democrats, I urge you to make Obama's presidency a reality. To view the latest numbers and make a contribution, go to the following link:

    And one more thing. Would the HRC loyalists, anti-Barack individuals, and "go Ron Paul" people please comment on blogs relevant to the topic? The sole point of this article was to emphasize Obama's rapid fundraising tactic. Nothing else. Ok, then, PEACE!

    Obama '08

    October 18, 2007 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  15. Major Man

    It's definately true. Senator Obama raises money from regular people like me. $5, 25, 200....small amounts. We give from out hearts what we can.

    Check this out for yourself. No PAC money for Obama. Real people...


    "The nation's capital was (Clinton's) top location for donations during the (last) quarter."

    October 18, 2007 06:40 am at 6:40 am |
  16. Robert M. Reidy N.Y.

    When I see how this country can rise up
    and turn the page on corrupting power
    ( PAC money ) and get behind a candidate of intelligent and meaningful change which has a track record of bipartisan success like Barak Obama, I get excited and look at our flag with pride and yes, renewed hope.

    We are the land of the free, when the people can rise and grab the opportunity of freedom from the oppression of powerful political machines and controlled media propaganda as well as the corporate money buying up our future. To this new and very vibrantly green grass roots I say, BRAVO!!!

    We the people have once again risen against the Grapes of Rath!

    People let us not miss the answer to so many longing prayers for justice, peace and unity!

    The world is watching – let us be the inspiration it longs for. If the light of freedom goes out here, it will go out all over the world.

    Elect the enthusiasm and intelligence and compassion and energy of a gifted leader!

    Barak Obama the next president of the United States of America –

    Let freedom Ring, do the right thing
    and give our children something to be proud of – Elect a leader with a heart for the people and vote for the smartest guy in the room!

    BARAK OBAMA 08!!!

    October 18, 2007 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  17. Bobby - Raleigh, NC

    I will be making my first ever presidential political donation to Obama.

    October 18, 2007 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  18. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    Congrats to Obama and his well organized "grass roots" TEAM.

    This isn't money from drug companies (see Clinton, Hillary) and fat cat lobbyists (again, see Clinton, Hillary), this is money from regular folks and guess what Clintonista's, these regular folks VOTE.

    Better start stocking up on those menthol cigs HillBilly, your going to need them.

    October 18, 2007 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  19. Trish, Sebastopol CA

    It's true! You can see for yourself here: http://www.barackobama.com

    October 18, 2007 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  20. A. Thomas, New York, NY

    I just find people being naive for not believing in polls. If several different polling organizations at different times say that Hussein Obama is costantly losing to Obama, and his loss margin keeps increasing, that has to be some truth, and that should be discomforting to the losing candidates and their supporters.

    Obama doubled his ads in Iowa, but he still lost to hillary by additional few points lately. Bottom line: people in iowa are not listening to him. He appears wasting his money there.

    Obama is unelectable because he is a black man living in 2008 America, in addition to being perceived as lacking in leadership and too "green." He won't win a single red state, and would lose most purple and even some blue states.

    Hillary will get the Dem nomination and be a formidable general election candidate because she will win every blue state, most purple states, and then grab some red states (at least she'll win arizona, unlike Gore who lost it in florida because he could not even in his turf).

    A new poll puts another crimp in the Hillary-is-unelectable argument, finding that she's beating Rudy Giuliani in head-to-head matchups in the top three swing states.
    The new Quinnipiac poll found that she's leading Rudy in Pennsylvania (48%-42%), Ohio (46%-40%), Florida (46%-43%). Her support there appears to be as deep as it is wide.

    Hillary is the only Dem to beat Rudy in all three states. Obama loses to Rudy in Florida and Pennsylvania but beats him in Ohio.

    That is a simple electoral vote math for hillary to win and obama to lose.

    October 18, 2007 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  21. dawn -- Gaithersburg, MD.

    Sen. Obama has raised 28-30% of his donations from people giving $200 or less. That's a very large percentage, but it means that around 70% of his donations come from people giving more.

    For example, in Q-2, $9.7M of that amazing $33M came from donors giving $200 or less. That left about $23M for the fat cats to make up.

    Furthermore, although Sen. Obama doesn't take money from federal lobbyists, he rakes in lots of cash from the people who hire the lobbyists: CEOs of large companies, for example. (Also, I'm pretty sure that he accepted lobbyists' money for his Senate campaign: has he stopped that?) I am certain that the minute after the Obama campaign receives a large donation, it is aware of every available piece of information about the donor, including his/her corporate affiliations.

    October 19, 2007 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  22. W. Gary Johnson, New York, NY

    This is nothing! Just wait until the Fifth of November, when a grassroots campaign supporting Ron Paul holds the biggest fundraiser ever on the internet:

    October 28, 2007 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
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