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. Pat Huntington NY

    Beyond rhetorical and preachy "I have a dream" type of speeches, what has Obama said that is meaningful to the average voter to get a sense on what he'll do as president? Nothing. This guy makes inspirational speeches with no specifics, no substance....he should try his hand at becoming an inspirational speaker, not president. Hillary on the other hand, is getting specific in her speeches, she's answering specific questions....I'm still voting for Hillary!

    January 9, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  2. Karen

    He may not be taking special interest money. But he has voted for them with the Republicans on occasion.

    On 02/05 vote 9, he broke with his party and voted with the Republicans. He voted for pro-corp anti-consumer Class Action legislation that left some consumers with no legal recourse. Who benefited? The corps. Who had the consequences? The consumer.

    On 03/05 vote 20. Again, broke with his party and voted with the Republicans against consumers when he voted NO to a 30% cap on credit charges. Who benefits? The banking industry. Who had the consequences? The debt laden middle class.

    Go the the Senate website. There isn't much of a voting record as he's new. But some of his votes concern me. Looking at voting records can provide a more rounded view of a candidate. He has had some other votes that are odd too. It may not be best to get info just from the candidates website. Sometimes they just post the votes they are most comfortable with.

    January 9, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  3. Kathy Jay

    Let's face it...The women are voting in droves and supporting Hillary because she would be the first female and they have the notion they would somehow be a part of history.(Stupid)
    The blacks are voting for Obama because his roots identify him as one of theirs lest they forget that he doesn't truly identify with them,therefore he takes their money but what will he specifically do for them. (I haven't heard)
    Now, John Edwards may be running in back of these two but he is his own man and wants the country and it's citizens to have a better life.How Can anyone not see the insanity of it?

    January 9, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  4. JohnS

    Well, looking at the needed Delegates, Obama and Hillary had the same numbers, with Obama given an extra superdelegate; so Obama actually won the expected number of delegates. Remember when Gore had the largest number of popular votes, but still lost the race; well this is exactly what happened. Hillary won the number of popular votes but did not get the higer numder of needed delegates; thank God. So Obama stays ahead!!!!

    January 9, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  5. Danny G. Boca Raton, FL

    The notion that people that are looking at Obama towards change, wil vote republican if Sen. Clinton gets the nomination is ridiculous, Obama and the republicans are not even close in their ideas, are you just voting for the man? does the issues not matter to you? what gives? it is a moronic statement. I believe both Sen. obama and Sen. Clinton deserve our respect and our attention, if you don't like the issues these democrats are raising then vote Republican, but don't tell me that the alternative choice to Obama is a republican. grow up!

    January 9, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  6. CDR

    "THERE IS SOMETHING HAPPENING IN AMERICA!" Since August The Honorable Senator Barack Obama has been gaining increasing momentum. In late December, the Obama campaign closed a huge double digit gap in New Hampshire. On January 3rd, the Obama campaign swept Iowa and on January 8th in New Hampshire, (largely a Clinton stronghold) the Clinton regime escaped defeat only by the skin of there teeth by 2 percentage points but not without deploying very NEGATIVE, UNDERHANDED, and SUSPECT tactics which will surely hunt the Clinton regime.

    Despite the inflated overprojections from most polls days before the NH Primary, CLINTON IS NO COMEBACK . Never place too much stock in polls, particularly when vetted against reason, and it was unreasonable to expect a nearly 40 percent voting difference over a 2 week time frame from previous steady and consistent projections. However, the Obama campaign did make significant large margins of gain. The Obama Campaign drew larger crowds compared to the both Clintons. The Clinton regime, should have coasted through NH but they limped out barely and it is reasonable for every expert to say that Clinton regime is underperforming and some triumphant comeback as the Clinton regime continues to lose ground.

    "THERE IS SOMETHING HAPPENING IN AMERICA!" and it is can be simply put that the Clinton regime "The Establishment" is losing votes and the Barack Obama Campaign "The Future" is gaining votes and delegates. CHANGE is on the Horizon and "Yes ,we can be the CHANGE we want to see in the World when we BELIVE and VOTE for Barack OBAMA (A CHAMPION FOR THE PEOPLE and "THE PEOPLE'S CHAMP!")

    OBAMA '08

    -CDR

    January 9, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  7. Amy

    Yeah, he is talking you into giving him money. Another convenient approach. He is just a good sale man.

    Hillary'08!

    January 9, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  8. Maria, Houston

    NH Democrats voting for Clinton soap opera showed as much independent thinking as Texas rednecks supporting Bushes. Congratulations, sheep.

    The rest of us can do better. YES WE CAN. I just sent another contribution to Obama.

    Under pressure, Clintons turn nasty. Cry and attack. Yeah, how classy...Obama never lost his grace and his resolve. He is the real winner here.

    GO BARACK, we're with you!

    January 9, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  9. Obama admits campaign/PAC donation

    Obama admits campaign/PAC donation linksBad news for the Barack Obama camp and his politics of hope clean-guy image.The Washington Post reveals today that there was, indeed, close coordination between the Illinois senator's presidential campaign and his leadership PAC, Hopefund, in deciding which local, state and federal politicians around the country were to receive thousands of dollars in contributions from Obama's PAC.Such coordination appears to be forbidden under Federal Election Commission rules because it, in effect, would give a candidate another, less regulated financial fund to influence the outcome of his own campaign. But Obama officials express confidence they violated no rules. The Post's John Solomon reported the other day that Obama's Hopefund had distributed money in the early voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire to people like New Hampshire state Sen. Jacayln Cilley, who got $1,000 from Obama last summer. Six days later the Democrat in the nation's first primary state announced her endorsement of his candidacy because she said she believed in him.Likewise, Obama's PAC gave $9,000 to U.S. Rep. Paul Hodes, who was New Hampshire's first congressional member to endorse Obama. In the earlier story Obama spokesmen denied any connection between the PAC and Democratic presidential campaign.But today's piece alters that account and says the PAC has distributed $180,000 to groups and candidates in New Hampshire, South Carolina and Iowa and another $150,000 to similar destinations in states with primary balloting through mid-February.Bob Bauer, private counsel for both Obama's campaign and PAC, named names of those from the campaign who'd help select the PAC's recipients and professed confidence the Obama entities had met all FEC regulations.But Scott Thomas, a Democrat and former FEC chairman, says: "He is clearly pushing the envelope."

    January 9, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  10. Dan, Florida

    I have been a a registered republican for my entire voting life, as is my entire family.

    For the first time in my life, I feel moved and inspired by a politician. Please let Obama win the candidacy, and I will cross over party lines and vote for him over any republican candidate. Good luck Obama.

    If it is any other democrat, I stick to my party.

    January 9, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  11. Brian

    The only reason Barack even won in Iowa was because of the skewed caucus voting system there, whereby each voter HAS to support a candidate that gets at least 15% of the vote. So people that wanted to initially vote for Richardson or Biden, or others that got below 15% on caucus night, then HAD to switch their votes–and many of those chose Obama. Nobody talks about how this voting system impacted the results, which is sad, and which led many uninformed people to begin to flock to Obama after Iowa.

    But clearly the Obama "landslide" in Iowa was a farce, and people are now starting to pay more careful attention to him as a candidate, and his positions.

    Also, anyone who thinks that Hillary Clinton doesn't want to *change* the nonsense and mistakes of the last 7 years, is ridiculously out of touch with how hard she has fought the Bush Administration every step of the way–while Obama was no where to be seen.

    January 9, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  12. Charkey

    I dont have much to give but Im literally going to put my two cents in for Obama to go all the way to the White House and beyond. Dont get me wrong as a young woman I applaud Hillary and everything that she does but her campaign just seems to rehearsed to me. Im 23 so I was just a child during the Clinton times but I do know that those were some really good times economically. So I dont want to vote for a candidate just because shes married to a good former President, just like im not voting for Obama because hes black. Hillary is talking about experience that she has over Obama, but she still doenst have the experience of a President, none of them do. Obama will be the best candidate to help the middle class and the things that he has done in the past while in Chicago goes to show that he can back up all the promises he is making. As for Ms. Clinton you cant have someone from the upper class telling you that they know what is best for the middle class.

    January 9, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  13. Linda

    Out of desperation Hillary and Bill Clinton and the media resorted to unfair tactics. Because of Obama's lead in the polls several newscasters decided it was time to "investigate" Obama more. Bill told his own "fairytale" about Obama's war statement and Hillary gave the performance. I thought the democratic primary campaign were primarily respectable. But the respect for Bill and Hillary is lost. In the face of difficult times, our character is tested. Bill and Hillary failed. Is this an indication of how Hilllary will handle difficult situations the White House?

    January 9, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  14. pearl rousseau

    i have voted as a democrat for over 40 years, if hillary gets the nomination, i will sit this one out unless mccain is the repub noninee. at least he has principles. hillary doesn't have principles if she could take money from rupert murdock

    January 9, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  15. Linda

    Out of desperation Hillary and Bill Clinton and the media resorted to unfair tactics. Because of Obama's lead in the polls several newscasters decided it was time to "investigate" Obama more. Bill told his own "fairytale" about Obama's war statement and Hillary gave the performance. I thought the democratic primary campaign were primarily respectable. But the respect for Bill and Hillary is lost. In the face of difficult times, our character is tested. Bill and Hillary failed. Is this an indication of how Hilllary will handle difficult situations the White House?

    January 9, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  16. Nick, Denham Springs, LA

    After all the racist and xenophobic attacks against Barack Obama by rival "DEMOCRATS" or shall I say "Dixiecrats", if Hillary is the nominee, I'm voting for Huckabee or anyone on the Republican ticket. The Democratic party will be a party no more. This would be their third Presidential election loss.Sen Obama has made a name for himself, he has nothing to lose-
    No one should be gloating at this point. A candidate needs to earn the party's nomination-
    What Sen Clinton and her supporters don't understand is, if she wins the nomination ,WE, the rest of the Democratic Party are going to vote Republican, we hate her that much. What Sen Clinton easily forgets is this is the Primary Election, not the General Election.
    Though I support Obama through the primaries, if Sen Clinton wins the primary, my vote and support will be needed by her. The same goes for all other supporters.
    Remember Hillary supporters, you might need us, if Hillary wins. Also, Obama attracts a lot of independent voters to vote democrat, so if you treat us like dirt, those independent voters might stay home or Vote Republican on election day

    January 9, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  17. adams

    This has got to be one of the most absurd suggestions I 've ever heard this is an insult to the intellince of the American People.

    Hillary is a Powerful women she has wahat it takes to win the white house.

    Obama is a rookie who if wins will hand the white house to the Neo cons.

    Lets take back our dear America Vote Hillary

    January 9, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  18. Kathy Jay

    Why would my comment require moderation considering some of the offensive comments you allow to be posted?

    January 9, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  19. jambi

    Go Barack, I still have your back!

    January 9, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  20. Dave; Battle Creek Mich

    jambi – You posted " I am Kenyan. Without being biased, if you guys don't see what I see in this man, then let him come and repair our country!"

    Why on earth would we think you were being biased?
    I dont think Oprah Winfrey is biased either.....
    I dont think Obama is Biased either.... well....

    Let Obama go into the very poor sections of Appalachia here in the US and help, and perhaps I wont see bias; let him got to the slums of Albania and perhaps I wont see bias; is he in helping the poorest of the poor in India or Latin America? If so, perhaps I wont see bias. Heck, I wont even see bias if he is actually trying to do something to bring aid to storm ravaged New Orleans (THEY ARE AMERICANS WHO NEED HELP) instead of trying to grab headlines in Kenya.

    This man is trying to grab the African American vote from Sen. Clinton any way he can. The Clintons have a track record of actually doing something for others. Obama has a track record of paying lip service and grabbing headlines with meaningless geastures. Much like his pal, Oprah.

    January 9, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  21. Steve Austin

    Wow!,

    Some of these responses are a bit scary. Listen folks, we've spent the last 7+years letting political divisions take our country in the wrong direction. Its time we Americans take the time to actually listen to each candidate and form intelligent decisions. Stop being sheep people, don't let these political pundits and news outlets elect the next president.

    PS... If you voted for the war you'll never get my vote! GOBAMA!!!

    January 9, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  22. ken

    Pat Huntington NY,
    Sorry, I am just happy is trying and has brought cautious mind in America that we need change!

    January 9, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  23. Elliott Hill

    pam s.c.
    I agree with you 100%.

    January 9, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  24. Meks, florida

    Unbelievable the kind of lies being put up here by some of these stupid Osama supporters. The only reason Obama is in the race is due to liberal media gliding with him. He rationalizes stories. The same rationalization the liberal media will label dishonesty and lies if it were any other candidate.

    Some of the liberal media is labeling the loss a narrow loss. So 3% percent margin must now be qualified just to confer a notion the loss was insignificant. I wonder if this would have been the case if he had won by even 1% but the WILL of God will prevail.

    The claim of $8 and 35K donors in 8 days is not only hoax it is a campaign ploy to maintain viability. The campaign raised a little less than $20M for the whole three months last qtr and they came up with this BS of $8M in 8 days! The greatest fluke ever told. That figure will come to an average of over $200 per person for the 35K donors. This is the reason why politicians are the scum of the earth. Go back and do your research, this is a kindergarten story. Even at the peak of donation in 2nd qtr last year, he got less than $7 for the whole three months in that qtr.

    Please save us the BS.

    It is obvious most of the Obama supporters are sore losers. Save yourselves the migraine and watch the primaries unfold. My theme is Let the best candidate win and stop whinning when your candidate is off his/her game. This is a family affair. If you wish vote another candidate when we get a nominee. You will be in this country to see the consequence. Enough of the bluff of 'I will vote another party', go ahead and do so and stop threatening other members of the party. Your vote is your and use it anyway you want but you obama supporters should stop distorting the truth. Empty suits always reveal themselves at the end no matter the liberal media and liberal bloggers protection.

    Feel free to respond and criticize any area you feel im wrong. Let's have a conversation.

    January 9, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  25. Dennis

    The rhetoric in the comments shows nothing has changed.

    I'm voting for Obama. I believe in him. I respect him. I believe he can get things done by reaching across party lines. I don't see Hillary as capable. I respect her, but I find her to be polarizing and artificial.

    I made the first political donation two days ago. It was to Obama's campaign. Last night, after the results in New Hampshire were almost clear, I made another donation. Then I heard Obama speak, and I was confident I had done the right thing.

    January 9, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
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