January 9th, 2008
01:00 PM ET
6 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.

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

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (188 Responses)
  1. Ron, TX

    No one said it was going to be easy! A month ago, New Hampshire had Clinton with a 15-20% lead! With Clinton and Obama each taking 9 delegates, the tie in New Hampshire last night is GREAT for Obama!

    And WOW! It's also hard to believe that Obama has gotten more than HALF A MILLION donors. Monumental. Absolutely monumental.

    To those who think you can't change Washington, you can't change politics as usual? YES WE CAN!

    January 9, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  2. nic

    Funny there' s no comments on this story. The matter of funding sources, particularly the differences among those for the top three Democratic candidates, is a big deal that few are paying attention to.

    In a nutshell.

    Clinton's money is from traditional sources – lobbyists, etc.

    Edwards and OBAMA have received their money largely from private donors – folks like you & me. In Obama's case, he has received more donations than any candidate, ever....that should speak volumes to anyone who CARES to listen.

    When OBAMA talks about change, he's not joking. It's NOT superficial hot air. He has the ability to inspire all of US to change OUR country, starting with a fundamentally different way of looking at presidential politics.

    In short, OBAMA is the peoples' candidate, and the best choice for our childrens' futures.

    January 9, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  3. Randy Shenk

    I heard reports of some counties in NH did NOT turn in some ballots. Is this true? Is anybody looking into it?

    January 9, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  4. Kevin C

    His support base is AMAZING!

    It's GREAT that everyone has finally has enough of the awful way our political is running our country into the ground.

    CHANGE IS COMING! I welcome it and I am now going to donate to this campaign!

    JOIN ME & AMERICA. Lets all move forward TOGETHER!

    January 9, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  5. hawk

    We are with you all the way Obama. GOD BLESS AMERICA

    January 9, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  6. Dan

    Today was the first time I donated to any political campaign. I am tired of voting for the least objectionable candidate and will look for answers outside the Democratic party if Mr. Obama does not win the nomination.

    January 9, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  7. Joe

    Obama talks out of both sides of his mouth. More lobbyist money !!

    Though Sen. Obama has also said that he won't take federal PAC and lobbyist money on his campaign, he does take money from state based lobbyists as previously reported by First Read.

    Barack Obama has backhandedly slapped Hillary Rodham Clinton for accepting contributions from lobbyists and PACs, eschewing cash from both groups because he doesn’t want to be beholden to special interests. So it was with great interest that we read in the Boston Globe that BHO has enlisted New Hampshire lobbyist Jim Demers (who represents trial lawyers, firefighters and a major video poker/slot machine vendor, according to his firm’s Website) to be one of his New Hamsphire co-chairs.

    At the last debate Obama lied. Hillary correctly pointed out Jim Demers role in Obama's campaign and Obama responded, "No, that is not true". Lied


    January 9, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  8. Linda J.

    Why shouldn't he raise money, he won NH statistically. Yes, he did win. In order to prove this statement, let's look at the activities leading up to the vote. The events leading up to the NH primary actually skewed the numbers and made the statistical significance of the "win" minimal.

    The news media SWAMPED the TV and other political commentaries with Hillary's "emotional" moment. She got more airtime than any other candidate for at least two days straight. It was unreal. So, given the excessive amount of coverage, it is no wonder that more people either came out, or voted for her.

    The political implications are mind boggling. One, it took Obama's win in Iowa to "make her see the light" or "find her voice". Two, it showed all of the candidates the power of the press and TV media. While the media "savants" and pundits ask themselves what happened, "what did Hillary do?" They will never admit that their continued, relentless coverage of her loss and subsequent "emotional" moment was the catalyst for her "win" last night.

    Anyone with an ounce of sense should be able to see that if she was covered with the same amount of video and sound bytes as every other candidate for those two days, her showing would have been a LOSS, and a lukewarm response at best.

    And let's examine that moment from her end. You darned right she was tearing up. After all the money, the stumping, dragging Bill around and everything else, she couldn't win in Iowa. That's enough to make anyone cry. I don't blame her for getting teary. But at the end of the day, they misjudged our man, and it's a different ball game now.

    Barack is the most genuine candidate out there and the establishment knows it. They will use whatever is at their disposal (like the media) to put in "anyone but him!"

    So onward and upward friends, this just got good!

    Thank you Barack and Michelle for showing everyone what you're made of.

    January 9, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  9. Rm

    Obama's a nice guy but, when he said this morning ? we can. I thought back to our Gov. Devel P saying "together we can" and all of his policies are stuck in the legislature. He's a Dem wityh Dem legislature to boot. Plus his reneging on his pledges for lower Property taxes, etc.

    Fool me once shame on you fool me twice shame on me.

    I'm voting for Hillary.

    January 9, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  10. cathy

    we still love you and we still stand by you!

    January 9, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  11. ken

    Another contribution to you senator. I am still voting for you and will get more people to go through this journey. To me you still won Newhempshire!

    January 9, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  12. Wallace, Chicago IL

    That's funny. You have Joe up there talking about "lobbyist money". Now he is trying to spew lies. This is so sad when people try to blind themselves.

    You and I know that Obama hasn't taken lobbyist money for his campaign. Stop with the nonsense. Can you and the rest of the people just discuss issue? It's really sickening when you try this nonsense.

    Stop trying the spin. You're hurting your candidate's campaign by doing that.

    Go Obama 2008!

    January 9, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  13. adams

    Obama a threat to national maturity.

    Amature and Political rookie Obama continues his crusade to give the white house to the Neo cons.

    First time senater Obama should have waited a few years to run. This is'nt American idol.

    We all know Hillary or Edwards are the only ones to beat the Neo cons

    January 9, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  14. AJ, IL

    Wow! It is refreshing to see Democratic candidates and wives having a loving embrace. Michelle and Barack do balance each other off well, unlike Hillary and Bill. Please no more Clintons in the White House! Remember Bill cheated on Hillary while in the White House while Chelesa still lived there. How repulsive?!

    January 9, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  15. JP

    You don't have a very good grasp on nuance, do you? Obama doesn't take PAC or lobbyist money - he takes individual contributions. This is not "lying", it's a pretty obvious distinction. I happen to be a public employee (and member of AFSCME) and an Obama supporter and doner. When I make a contribution to Obama through his website, I'm doing it as an individual, not as a special interest, not on behalf of my union, and not on behalf of public employees. In fact, on the FEC disclosure which I complete (giving my empoyer name and my job title), it isn't even obvious that I'm either a union member or a government employee. So it's unlikely that Obama will feel a need to grant me any special access or favour, or to do so for any of the other hundreds of thousands of doners and supporters like myself. This is in stark contrast to HRC who openly (and gladly) accepts large bundled donations from PACs, special interests, and lobbies. She knows quite well where the large checks are coming from, and one would have to question her loyalties and who she owes favour to as a result. This is politics as usual, and one of the many substantial differences between how her campaign is being run and how Obama's is being run.

    January 9, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  16. Chris,new Ulm MN

    Re: Joe–whenever there are long messages parrotting an opposing candidate's talking points (with a hyperlink!) in a comments section on something totally unrelated, it's usually from a Clintonite. But hey, thanks for the info!!

    Yes, everybody has to raise money...but Obama's far less beholden and has taken much less than Billary from corporate sources.

    January 9, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  17. Donald Brennan

    I wish the media would ask more about the issues and less B.S.
    As far as Bill Clinton is concerned he should not even be given air time since a canidate like Duncan Hunter has been given very little and Bill should keep his mouth shut.People forget that he was impeached and that the economy under him was false and that the stock market fell before he left office.

    Don Brennan

    January 9, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  18. La'Kitgum, Concorde, NH

    On a personal, note, this woman needs a jaw adjustment.

    January 9, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  19. Joe Ossai, Bedford, NH

    Like I suspected, the election was rigged in favor of Hillary. See this link

    January 9, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  20. John New York, NY

    If John Edwards decides to drop out and run for the Senate from North Carolina, those voters will go directly to Barack Obama. If Edwards had dropped out the day after Iowa, Obama would have easily won New Hampshire.

    January 9, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  21. Jason, Chicago, IL

    Joe, your post is misleading in perfect Clinton fashion. He didn't deny Demers' role in his campaign, he took issue of Hillary's characterization of him. He's a state lobbyist and hardly the type of lobbyist that Edwards and Obama vow to challenge in Washington. You have a problem with a guy trying to help out firefighters?

    As an aside, watch the response the next time Hillary is asked a direct question in a debate. She is incapable of a straight answer.

    January 9, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  22. Nando, Florida

    HILLARY THE OFFICIAL , CEO OF THE FIRST WIVES CLUB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 9, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  23. Nelson, Colorado Springs Co

    To run for president it all about the money, where is the NEWS , you need money to keep on running.

    January 9, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  24. sss4r

    change is coming. do you hear that, establishment?
    OBAMA 2008

    January 9, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  25. Joe Ossai, Bedford, NH

    I live in New Hampshire and I spoke to lots of voters. They were all Obama supporters, so what happened. The Clintons are a freaking crime family. This is coming from a guy who was a big time supporter of the Clintons in the 90s.

    Please folks look at this link that demostrated the disparity between hand counts and the diebold machine numbers. This is amazing, wow in America.


    January 9, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
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