January 9th, 2008
01:00 PM ET
1 year 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


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (188 Responses)
  1. Azar

    Jen, NYC, NY.

    Yes, that's the purpose. These people are weak and racists.

    I am an independent voter. I have narrowed my choice to Edwards and Obama. In the next week or so, I shall decide who to support. At that time, I shall donate and volunteer. For me, it is anyone but Hillary Clinton.

    January 9, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  2. pooliod

    Now this is funny, from Rm above...

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

    I'm voting for Hillary."

    January 9, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  3. phil

    obama is still the winner of the new hampshire prim because hillary was suppose to be the nominee a couple mths ago the repub and georgew was preparing fo her now they are calling obama's name ha ha .my advice to obama talk about the economy (gas prices and how repub messuop the banking lawsthereby cuasing this recession fot the last 2 yrs.

    January 9, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  4. Shannon Truelove

    Why not Huckabee?

    He is the only candidate that is not a sell-out.

    January 9, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  5. Ann

    Azar....why not just vote Republican?

    You'll be happier in the long run.

    January 9, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  6. Kate, Aurora CO

    Am I the only one disturbed over the amount of money candidates must race in order to run this country? Why are we constantly letting the rich lead the way? There should be limitations on the amount of money required to run. This is ridiculous. I am so tired of the same people running this country into the ground. Instead of electing the person who "seems to in touch with the common man", how about actually electing a Common Man???!!!

    January 9, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  7. Theracapulas

    It is in the difficult times that our true character is revealed. Anyone can be civil and virtuous when times are going well.

    Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary showed their true colors this week in New Hampsire. What did they do when times weren't so great? Did they stick to their message and remain positive? No.

    Instead, they either a.) started crying b) went negative against Mr. Obama or c.) blamed the media for their troubles.

    I know all you lemming Democrats will support Hillary regardless, but the Clinton's once again showed they're a bunch of big babies armed with nothing but negativism and a sense of entitlement.

    January 9, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  8. phil

    i wonder when the reporters who ask questions in the debates will ask the candidates about the gasprices about the cost of milk ? why college costs are so high ? yea please asks real questions not the scripted political bs.

    January 9, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  9. joseph pierre

    It looks like another stolen election from the BUSH/CLINTON club.

    January 9, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  10. Ann

    Walter, I agree with you that he's changing the landscape, and that's good. I don't think it's radical change, actually. It's more like an awakening for the public regarding what real politicians have known for a decade.

    Of course, he's got an edge due to the timing and his race.

    This notion that "White America" is horribly racist is so outdated as to be an idea with wrinkles and dust bunnies.

    It would be tempting to prove that by electing this young buck, but we have serious issues in front of us as a country. It's not a great time to throw caution to the wind and elect someone whose sole record comes from the Illinois State Legislature.

    Sorry.....that's not good enough.

    But.......he will get tremendous encouragement to plow on.

    He needs to address his own arrogance and his unwillingness to take stands, too. He'll have an opportunity to do that and, my prediction? He'll one day say that this primary campaign forced him to grow up in this regard.

    Politics isn't just a game. I agree with HIllary on that.

    I have no interest in any candidate who hasn't been on the firing line in a real way.

    The problems we face are entirely too serious for that type of "National Enquirer" thinking.

    And I, for one, am very glad the press got smacked.

    They should be ashamed of the job they have done so far.

    This isn't Brittany Spears, for God's sake.

    January 9, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  11. Rosa

    We should be asking ourselfs what do we want for this country and who do we think will get us there! Do you believe that someone with no real experience can do this? Let's look at what President Bush has done. I believe he meant will but look who he choose for his cabin. Obama would be a good choice in 5 to 10 years from now when he understands not just what the United States need s but how we can help the World. We do need change. We do not need religion brought into this like some parties try to do. There are serveral different faiths and who are we as individuals to say one religion is better then another? Lets respect everyones opinion and let's UNIT for a better COUNTRY. I DO NOT believe a republican will get us there we have already tried that for the last 8 years. Hiliary, ,Edwards and Obama seem sincere. Clinton and Edwards have experience. Would you choose a CEO of a company that is just learning the business or someone that has years of experience. Don't get fooled. If you really care investigate their voting record. If they voted against what you would have done ask why. Maybe they were given wrong information.

    January 9, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  12. Leslie

    Let's not forget that the greatest gift we can give to the Republican party is Hillary Clinton as the next Democratic Presidential candidate.

    January 9, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  13. Tyler in Raleigh, NC

    So all it takes is tears and to get your husband to do your dirty work. WOW... what a system.

    Still, Obama gets more delagets and more money! Take out the pity vote, and she would have been third place again.

    January 9, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  14. Alexandra

    Can some one please tell me howand if , i a Canadian from Toronto can make a donation to OBAMA?

    January 9, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  15. Greg, NY

    Jen, NYC, NY

    Yeah, you noticed that too? I don't understand the middle name thing at all. It's like if they mention it enough it rationalizes them being racist or something.

    January 9, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  16. Jay Graham, Dallas, TX

    Looks like the same media who predicted a double digit win for Obama when fell flat in their faces after Hillary's win is now findiing every opportunity to boost Obama's image. Like "Obama is raising $1m a day..... Obama is blaming Bill for twisting his words..... Obama has won big endorsements from union......." And on and on and on ............... But not a single article suggesting how Hillary pulled off and made mockery of all the pundits (except one from Lou Dobbs, but his tone is for the encouraging independents). Obama is a smart person, very likeable, inspires people, give them hope, which is all true. But, Hillary is definitely one step above him. Let these two candidates compete on issues, experience and leave the voters to decide the best amongst them. This constant stories about Obama or Hillary by the media smell a dead rat.

    January 9, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  17. King

    By the end of this campaign, Obama will have held public office for at least 10 years. TOGETHER WE CAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 9, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  18. David ifidon

    I think it's ridiculous that we keep going back to the past and expect something different for our future. We went from Bush, to the Clintons then back to the Bush's and it seems to me that u wanna go back the Clinton's, why? So thatyour nation can be embarassed once more how many chances do we need to keep giving these has beens? I had lost all hope for our country until I heard Obama speak, everyone wants to talk about his lack of experience but that might be the very thing that makes him special he is not the typical Politician and quite frankly I trust Obama's judgement. Let's move on from this baby boomer dictatorship in which we currently live, let us give someone thats more like you and a chance, someone who has been through struggles that normal people go through.
    I have a question for anyone who cares to answer: Who do you think is the best candidate to unite this country and make us excited about being part of a nation that was once the greatest nation in the world?
    Go Obama!

    January 9, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  19. AJ; Montpelier, VT

    Steve Austin: You Posted: "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. "

    I might suggest that you take your own advice. If one had listened to CNN, MSNBC or any of the other networks on Tuesday night, one would have gone running to annoint Obama as the Democratic candidate for President. And I would say to YOU, yes stop being a sheep! A man comes out of nowhere, gives a nice speech, paints a rosy picture of the future and the flock goes running to his feet. When he is asked for specifics, he falls flat.
    Obama is an empty suit held up with nothing but arrogance.

    January 9, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  20. kimdy

    I'm one of those 35000. 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 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. Hillary was a large focus of all the above, just as much as Bill. They're wetting thier pants at the prospect of getting to do so again with Hillary. What, in the WORLD, makes you think that someone as universally disliked across the aisle 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. And yes, Republicans like to stymie all Democrats, and visa versa, 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 oppostion 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 9, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  21. pam s.c.

    obama has folks here in s.c. talking positively about his campaign. change is what this country needs we gave bush 8 yrs now let us give obama a chance. what have we got to lose he is a constitutional lawyer . it seems to me the nra should love him the prochoice people should adore him etc. we all can make a difference if we work together for the good of all. we have some real problems and the congress of the usa is ineffective. the republicans had a chance to shrink government balance the budget cut out pork but were unable to live up to their promises . the time for change is now.

    January 9, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  22. James

    I agree that it is disheartening that candidates must raise so much money to run but that is in the hands of the media. They being, television, radio, and newsprint, charge such extravagent prices to air commercials or run print ads. Those costs don't include paying for salaries, printing publications, and any other informational exspenses to get the message out. All of this being said it is remarkable that John Edwards is running so close with half the money of Obama and Clinton. I also agree that all of the candidates are patriots, however, Edwards is they only one really laying out comprehensive plans and solutions on the issues. The main reason you're not aware of this is because of the money issue. Trust me! Just to go johnedwards.com and compare how much more he has detailed on the issues.

    January 9, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  23. jj

    Hillary is going to win this. Her winning in NH shows how she can turn around anything. Obama is just hot air. I like the guy, but he is just words and no action.!!!!
    Oslo, Norway, Use to live in NYC.

    January 9, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  24. OMOLUYI ADESANYA

    THANK YOU A MILLION FOR BRINGING OUR PLIGHT TO LIGHT WE THE MIDDLE CLASS ... PLEASE KNOW THAT WE ARE HUNDRED PERCENT BEHIND YOU OBAMA .... ....YOU HAVE ALREADY WON AND CHANGED AMERICAS LANDSCAPE FOREVER ...NOW NO VOTE WILL BE TAKING FORGRANTED ...
    BEST
    OMOLUYI.

    January 9, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  25. Cynthia

    I have donated to Obama's campaign in the past couple of weeks and was eager to contribute again late last night after the NH primary results came in. I believe that he is the only electable Democratic candidate and would be an outstanding President.

    Why do Democrats always shoot themselves in the foot? There is no one more hated than Hilary Clinton by the Republicans and far too many Democrats.

    The citizens of this country have a wonderful opportunity to really turn the page- let's not blow it!

    January 9, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
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