January 9th, 2008
01:00 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama's cash blitz

The CNN Ticker

Obama's campaign is touting its latest fundraising numbers.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Democrat Barack Obama is raking in money at an extraordinary pace so far this year - pulling in an average of $1 million a day over the last week, according to his campaign.

In a campaign memo sent to reporters Wednesday morning, following the Illinois senator's surprise loss in New Hampshire, Obama campaign manager David Plouffe said the campaign raised over $8 million in the first eight days of 2008, and had taken in an additional $500,000 online since midnight - well after it was clear he had lost the New Hampshire primary to rival Hillary Clinton.

Plouffe also said the campaign had signed up 35,000 new donors in the first week of the year.

UPDATE:
CNN's Jessica Yellin reports that the campaign raised $1.5 million online between midnight and 10 p.m. Wednesday, according to an Obama aide, who says the average donation was $14.

– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney


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soundoff (188 Responses)
  1. Joseph

    Yes!!!!!As a true believer,l believe not ....can!

    January 10, 2008 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
  2. mark

    come on people! electing a first time senator- who isnt even through his first term by the way- to the biggest CEO position in the world? the US is run as a business and its impossible to elect a rookie to the top job- hillary has the experience needed for the job!! barrack 2016 I say and maybe a job in the corner office for now..... The most powerful thing is voter turnout and getting a democrat in office above all!!!

    January 10, 2008 02:07 am at 2:07 am |
  3. AtlBill

    I'm for Obama as well .. in fact, i have voted for presidents for more than thirty years and all those votes have been with the democrats. however, this time around, if HRC wins, i will vote republican. we in this country are not to be run by dynasties – bush (george h.w.)-clinton (bill)- bush (jr) – clinton (billary)-bush (jeb) – clinton (chelsea), .....

    January 10, 2008 03:08 am at 3:08 am |
  4. Kyu Reisch, Radcliff, Kentucky

    GO HILLARY, THE 44TH PRESIDENT OF UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

    January 10, 2008 03:09 am at 3:09 am |
  5. aware

    Change is a "want" that needs content.

    Transformation of the heart is what we all need first. "We can" achieve this only with God's help. Mean spirited comments don't bode well for constructive dialogue. We need to discuss issues with civility, and we need to respect one another.

    Each of the candidates has strengths and weaknesses. Barack Obama is an inspirational speaker (much like a preacher in a Black Church). That is his strength, and I'm sure he does not intend to influence his supporters to negativity.

    Hillary Clinton has an astounding grasp of how we might make a difference in America and Globally. Much of that comes from experience. She would not want her supporters to stoop to negative discourse either.

    Both Barack and Hillary have been better with crowds than one on one, both have come across as cold at times. Both of them are intelligent and well educated. Both Barack and Hillary are too cerebral at times, and humility is a gift they both need each day. Both Barack and Hillary are Christians, and they are both putting themselves on the line to serve. Actually they would make a very good team.

    January 10, 2008 03:40 am at 3:40 am |
  6. aware

    Change is a "want" that needs content.

    Transformation of the heart is what we all need first. "We can" achieve this only with God's help. Mean spirited comments don't bode well for constructive dialogue. We need to discuss issues with civility, and we need to respect one another.

    Each of the candidates has strengths and weaknesses. Barack Obama is an inspirational speaker (much like a preacher in a Black Church). That is his strength, and I'm sure he does not intend to influence his supporters to negativity.

    Hillary Clinton has an astounding grasp of how we might make a difference in America and Globally. Much of that comes from experience. She would not want her supporters to stoop to negative discourse either.

    Both Barack and Hillary have been better with crowds than one on one, both have come across as cold at times. Both of them are intelligent and well educated. Both Barack and Hillary are too cerebral at times, and humility is a gift they both need each day. Both Barack and Hillary are Christians, and they are both putting themselves on the line to serve. Actually they would make a very good team.

    January 10, 2008 03:41 am at 3:41 am |
  7. Ben

    Let show some class as Americans. A lot of Hillary fans are showing what her campaign is about. Negative views, untrue statements, and etc.
    Did Hillary congratulate Obama when he won Iowa? Why is Hillary now stealing Obamas slogan for change? She is a status quo canidate and i dont see why no one can see it. She doesnt have a voice to unite the country and please get of the experience train because she doesn't have that much experience. If both Hillary and Obama gave the same speech to charge a hill side with 1 million Terrorists running through IED's who would inspire you to run up that hill side to your death. I WOULD FOLLOW YOU OBAMA.

    January 10, 2008 04:40 am at 4:40 am |
  8. Citizen

    David,

    Your comment says, "...Barack wants to change the country through unity and dialog."

    Well, read below.

    All Obama goers,

    Is it not funny that he lost New Hampshire and his campaign manager and other surrogates already claiming Racism? Why are they bringing racism in the equation when in IOWA (96% whites) he won?

    Also, there are about 5-7% african americans in New Hampshire where he received 36% votes – meaning – whites voted for him. Even polls predicted that he would be at 37% – well, he is at 36%. So, why is that this self proclaimed "JFK and Martin Luther King" who claims he is a "uniter and divider" dividing the country by bringing racism in the equation. Bottomline – Is it that by bringing racism issue in New Hampshire primary he and his agents are calling all those non african voters in New Hampshire are RACIST?

    Just some food for thought.

    January 10, 2008 05:26 am at 5:26 am |
  9. Trang, Fremont CA

    If Republicans win, we have war.

    If Hillary win, we have division.

    If Obama win, the country can come together.

    January 10, 2008 05:48 am at 5:48 am |
  10. Trang, Fremont CA

    Yes, I changed my occasional donation to regular donation to Obama. I know he needs this because he will be in for the long haul.

    I do what I can to get Obama into the White House, not only for him, but also for the many kids that he is able to inspire and get involved, for the nation that needs to healed, for the world that needs to be healed. He doesn't have to know everything. There are many talented people in this country that he can bring in to advise him and bring him up to speed. And I know he can remain calm and strong under a crisis.

    You can see the greatness of the man by seeing how he handles himself in defeat, and he handles himself wonderful. He thanks the people of New Hampshire, unlike Hillary, who dismiss them because they are an anomaly.

    I will be delighted to cast my vote for you on Feb 5.

    January 10, 2008 06:26 am at 6:26 am |
  11. DrToketee

    Just before the NH vote, Hillary trotted out the fear-mongering scenario of an el keida threat testing the new British Prime Minister to illustrate how she is so much more ready for the Presidency that Obama. Lets see: she held no elective office at all until she ran for the Senate a few years back. Obama has been holding elective office since the 90s. And unlike Hillary, Obama was a law-school all-star, a brilliant man at the top of the class – and who then walked away from a very lucrative legal career to go straight back to Chicago to help ordinary people face-to-face. The comparison of Obama's selflessness with Hillary's selfishness is astoundingly clear to those who bother to read and listen.

    So now we really know: Hillary's whole life has been consumed with the struggle to grab the power of the Presidency, not really at all as an mission towards helping Americans. That is the only reason she stayed married to Bill: Bill is still her ticket. And if this fear-mongering tactic helps her, and apparently it did in NH, then she will continue to use it. She has become simply Dick Cheney in drag, and that represents no change at all for America, but a continuance of danger to it.

    So I see Obama to be our last chance to repair and renew Ameria for a long time. If we blow it now, our children will be suffering the consequences for many, many years.

    January 10, 2008 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  12. kimdy

    I think all the people blathering about how Hillary can "unite" people, and can "sway the republicans" to her side are really not looking at the whole picture here. The Republicans HATE Hillary, and to an enormous extent, Bill. They spent the entire 8 years of Bill's presidency doing everything they could to stymie the administration, block progress, appoint prosecutors, open investigations, belittle, beleaguer, and otherwise halt anything progressive. Yes, he was flawed in his personal life, you bet'cha, but the sheer amount of blocking above and beyond his err, personal issues, was astonishing. Hillary was a large focus of all the above, just as much as Bill.

    Now Karl Rove is supporting her... Hugely transparent.

    Again, the Republicans are wetting their pants at the idea of having Hillary to kick around. Daschle said Obama is a "clean slate" – Hillary is not.

    Think about it, who do the republicans MOST want to see get the nomination, and who do they have the most "dirt" (made up or real) on?

    Hillary…

    What, in the WORLD, makes you think that someone as universally disliked across the aisle, not to mention her extremely high negatives across the country in the electorate, could ever, in a million years, get anything done with all the obstacles that will be put in her way, all the genuine loathing that they feel for her, etc.?

    I'm sure she'd be a fine President, in a better world – But we don't live in a better world, and they're not suddenly going to give up hating her if she wins.

    Yes, Republicans like to stymie ALL Democrats (probably even Obama), and the reverse is just as true, but there's a particularly hungry loathing for the Clintons'. NOTHING will get done, just more insults, more partisanship, more abuse, more finger pointing, more blocking things just because... I cringe at the thought.

    At least Obama has quite a bit of respect across the aisle. Of all the folks running, when looked at realistically, he's the only one I think COULD reach out, and with that quiet, but firm voice, get the opposition to "go along"...

    It scares me to think of another 4 or 8 years with all the partisan, angry, hatred of "gotta get the Clintons'" no matter what happens to the rest of the country in the meantime.

    January 10, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  13. jlk

    i wonder how much he is receiving from insurance companys since his cousin is a big insurance commisioner

    January 29, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
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