January 9th, 2008
01:00 PM ET
5 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. JohnS

    Talk about "politicians" being liers and "pollesters" jumping to conclusions. But has anyone actually stopped to think that perhaps most of the people in NH are simply NOT honest? The pollsters rely on the "words, promises, intentions of the people" they talk to; and as all researchers, they publish the RESPONSES of the PEOPLE thay talk to. So, if everyone got it wrong, the explanation is (a) either the Clinton's rigged the election OR (b) most of the people in NH are simply not honest about what they say and what they do. Maybe that is why it is so hard for them to RECOGNIZE the message of "hope" or "change" as articulated by Obama.
    I am glad that the people in Iowa were consistent with what they say they will do; they did it– Thank you IOWA!!!

    January 9, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  2. Tee


    If it's Clinton and McCain on Election Day, I'm going with the Neo-Con. The Clinton Days are behind and will forever remain behind.

    ...out with the old and in with the new.

    January 9, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  3. Tee

    South Carolina,

    If Hillary is your candidate of choice, please visit w w w (dot) Corridor of shame (dot) Com.

    Here's a good example of Mrs. Clinton's 35 years of making change, especially in South Carolina.

    January 9, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  4. Tee


    Who's Ron Paul? Is he the guy from Google or Microsoft?

    January 9, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  5. Becca

    Rita I agree with you, everyone has scales over their eyes and are so blind they cant see through him!!! God help the US if Barack Hussein Obama becomes our next President our family will move to Canada my friends said the same thing.

    January 9, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  6. Darrell

    Cry, then

    Trick or Treat

    N.H. Women Tricked

    Hillary got the Treat

    I did not see hillary sniffle during the many Clinton W.H. Scandle

    Ha Ha New Hampshire — You may have gaurenteed a republican victory. His politics (Divider) unlike husband. Obama and her husband connect with all people. The Dem for will be split with this type of Trickery on her own Dem.

    Dems are Falling for anything

    January 9, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  7. Chris, Orlando FL

    Just Say No to Obama.

    No experience. No presidency. Nobama.

    January 9, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  8. Vicki

    I know I was one of those new donors. I could only donate $15 but I was glad to do it. Didn't even click on Hillaryclinton.com. Obama's my man.

    January 9, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  9. pam s.c.

    RITA LEONE , BARACK OBAMA is a christian

    January 9, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  10. jon mccain

    obama is by far the most articulate, the most inspiring and best speaker. by far. but he has not paid his dues. a 1 time senator for president? come on .. thats like ricki martin calling himself the king of pop after 1 hit la vida loca while michael jackson's thriller has sold over 104 million copies alone! the point is, you have to earn your stripes before you can be called the king let alone the president. not even a governor, just a 1 term senator with great oratory skills? no way, maybe after hillary has had her 8 years that she deserves and has earned the hard way through a long dedicated career not a 1 hit wonder! so yes obama .. but only when he's ready. for now, clinton all the way!

    January 9, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  11. lisa

    bye Becca

    January 9, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  12. SMK - Woodbridge, CT


    Obama is a little boy playing on the political playground. He DOES NOT have the experience to run this country.

    I do not find him uplifting, or electrifying – he is weak, and has no backbone.


    January 9, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  13. Clinton is a 'Calculator'


    51% of Iowans said they want change; only 20% said they want experience.

    Everyone's sick of the old dirty politics that Clinton plays by. First, she was the experienced one, then she was the 'agent of change' (derived from Obama's popularity with his empowering message of change), then now she cries and gets emotional because she can't win without it.

    Obama, yes we can. I live in New Zealand and I'm not even voting, but I'm still going to donate to his campaign. I think Obama's appeal transcends the 51 states of the United States of America.

    January 9, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  14. brad

    Obama is going to win in the primaries for one simple reason: he represents hope. It worked for Clinton in '92, it will work for Obama in '08.

    January 9, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  15. fair,washington, DC

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

    I see this coming, anytime Obama loses it will be, rigged, or racial, or he was swiftboated....it will never be that people realize that he is not the best candidate in the field. The fact is Obama will win SC and ironically it will be about race. I am African American and I can tell you Hillary doesn't have a chance in hell to win a highly populated African American vote. Black talk radio, magazines,internet sites are riding the Obama wave and pushing it down African Americans throats, no talk about issues, no talk about experience, not if he's the best candidate...just we got a chance for the first African American president and if you're African American you need to be on board. I don't dislike Obama, just not impressed with his credentials when it comes to the general election and I am one African American who is not taking my chances on him this time around.

    January 9, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  16. Darrell

    Obama has as much experience as Govenor bill.

    Bill Had a good admin. to help him, like most Presidents.

    Obama is ready

    Hillary is a I, I, I, not a We We We type candidate.

    Obama empowers all by allowing them to have a stake in it.

    January 9, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  17. pam s.c.

    jon mccain, how long has clinton been a senator from n.y.l before she was a senator she was a practicing lawyer. she has written books okay . she has cosponsored legislation with the help of other senators. she was the wife of a president . by the way a president whose presidency was mired in controversy. before becoming a senator from n.y. she did not live there. yeah she is qualified . at least obama has gotten there the hard way not given to him or by manipulating the system to get there.

    January 9, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  18. Geoffrey

    Barack Obama is who America must elect in order for our country to progress and recover from the politics in Washington over the past few years. He is the reason masses of people are turning out to the polls, he is responsible for EVERY candidate changing their campaigns to a message of change in government, which he has stood for since his speech at the Democratic National Convention in 2004. Barack Obama inspires, unites, and stands by his premises. One who can do this can persuade a divided Congress to pass legislation, inspire average Americans to achieve more, and reason with other countries around the world. His foreign policy will help us regain our allies, his education proposals will raise the rate of literacy in this country, and his health care proposal is the most reasonable and feasible of all plans presented by the other candidates. Hillary's idea of universal health care isn't feasible, look at Canada's economy and where it is headed. Our country is far too large to realistically be able to cover everyone. Our system must be reformed, but universal coverage isn't realistic. It is time for America to take this very important opportunity to stand for REAL change, not continue the trend of two families (Bush and Clinton) to run our country. Lets go in a new direction!

    January 9, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  19. Bria, MN

    The campaign thus far has stunned the political world. I remember jumping on board the instant he announced his candidacy, in a day when nobody knew who he was. But now there are very few who dont know of Barack Obama. We won't give up. The fight has just begun.

    And as a fundraiser for the campaign, I can say that people aren't losing heart. Its a battle, but its a battle we can, AND WILL, win!

    January 9, 2008 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  20. concerned citizen, Mesa, Arizona

    geez come in 2nd and have to release to media how much money you collected over night. Is it for real or to push media coverage to scare voters ? Signed up 35000 new donors average $14.00. do you know he counts purchases of his merchandise as a donation. So if you buy a button you are a donor.

    January 10, 2008 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  21. legalknievel

    Ron TX, NH wasn't a "tie" last night. Hillary Clinton WON NH.

    What's the point in trying to make it seem like Obama did better than he did. The guy is trying to run a campaign on being "genuine." Why try to change that and blatantly lie on line as one of his supporters. If you believe the message, follow the message. Or, he really isn't changing much – is he?

    Yes Hillary Can!

    January 10, 2008 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  22. jeff

    I'm an Obama supporter because he's gotten me excited about politics for first time in a long while. The loss in New Hampshire will be a good thing, I think, because it will help prepare him for the Repub slime machine. I donated after his Iowa win and NH loss. He's something special.

    The contrast after the NH vote was striking between it's-all about me Hillary (press is being mean to ME, I found MY voice), and Obama who said that yes, WE can. Hillary can be a serviceable president, making some modest strides perhaps. Obama can create a MOVEMENT. Time for playing it safe (and in fear) is over. Look where it got us for the past eight years.

    January 10, 2008 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  23. william FROM CA




    January 10, 2008 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  24. Erin

    Its unfortunate so many voters base their decisions on the sum of recent media coverage, sound bytes, a handful of positive and negative comments by pundits, friends, etc... I've been reading all I can over the last 6 months to find any 'holes' in Obama's message, his decision making skills, etc. The more I read, the more impressed I am. One also has to consider what a President's role really is - much like that of a CEO; many criticisms of Obama are on points that are on qualities much less relevant for this office. Here's a few points I consider noteworthy, and those that contrast with Clinton's notion of being a change agent –

    1) Beautiful wife and kids - not long ago they were living in a condo. after becoming senator, he chose to keep his family in Illinois rather than moving them to Washington...that speaks volumes. What a great role model and image for the country and our children...family comes first.

    2) Restoring America's image globally is greatly needed to help combat current and future threats - the image he (and his family ) portray outside this country already hints at what he can do in this department - just google foreign stories about him. In contrast, Clinton's 'family' is full of negative connotations...affairs and rumors...recent rumors... no change here

    3) From my reading, those supporting the 'experience' argument as a negative for Obama focus on 'paying dues' , 'fewer years', 'leap of faith' - all of this is opinion and conjecture - if he didn't know what he was doing he wouldn't be where he his - the fact that he's where he is of his own accord is an indication of his innate abilities... he wasn't given a free ride.

    4) The guy went from Harvard Law to urban Chicago to help people - he wasn't looking for fame or fortune

    January 10, 2008 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
  25. Joseph

    In as much as President Bush does what he believes that is right for the Future of Americans and the world,l know that some people will not agree with him and some will agree with him(Let us give him credit because of the good things he hasdone) .

    Having said that,l believe that Obama is outstanding from among other aspiring candidates to do better.

    January 10, 2008 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
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