(CNN) – Hillary Clinton raised over $7.5 million online since February 1, $6.4 million of which has come in the last 24-30 hours, her campaign chairman announced Thursday.
That number appears to fall short of what rival Barack Obama has raised in the same timeframe. Earlier Thursday, the Illinois senator's campaign announced it had raised $7.2 million in the first 36 hours after polls closed on Super Tuesday.
"The grassroots in the last 24 hours or since Super Tuesday have really stepped up," Clinton Campaign Chairman Terry McAuliffe said on a conference call with supporters. "It has been spectacular, it has been a huge outpouring of support."
He also said that since Super Tuesday, the campaign has seen 40,000 new online donors.
McAuliffe suggested the news of Clinton's decision to loan herself $5 million in January was a chief reason for the heightened fundraising haul, saying many supporters were unaware the campaign was in need of cash.
He also said all campaign staff was now being fully paid, following reports some senior staff members had voluntarily offered to forgo pay for a month.
The campaign will begin to air television ads in Washington State, Nebraska, Maine – states which are set to hold nominating contests this weekend. It will also begin airing ads in Ohio and Texas next week ahead of the March 4 primaries in those states.
– CNN Producer Alexander Mooney
Everybody talks about campaign reform, well dig into your pocket and donate. OH that is what HIllary just did. Go girl we need a leader that can handle everything. Ask any one behind every successful man is a woman. It's time she was out front. GO HILLARY.
Well...just a few things....Hillary does kinda lead in delegates. She has a large number of superdelegates that gave her support before 2008....and they are free to change thier minds. Also, she isn't going to keep that lead for long. Throughout the campaigns, Obama has done much better at Caucuses and the upcoming primaries are mostly cuacuses. Additionally, Obama's campaign raised more money, from more people, in less time than Hillary's did. I am a college student and don't have that much extra money, but I would rather stop spending money on going to movies and stuff like that and donate to Obama's campaign....and so do so many other people I know. Hillary might know what she wants to do, but Obama looks like he can do it.
What's this sudden focus on money? Obama posts a monster figure and suddenly every other headline is about how Hillary comes closer to that figure.
I've contributed to Hillary because I think she is the most viable candidate against John Mc Cain. Mr. Obama has no real record to speak of because he conveniently absents himself from high profile votes, e.g., wasn't present for the vote on Iran; Hillary knows how to work the room, fight the fight when necessary, and, in the end ,get the job done...Obama has no such credentials.
If you want to see another four years of Repulican rule then support Obama; if you want real change and hope for America then support and vote for Hillary!
Benjamin, Hilaray as a change agent? Give me a break. She is the symbol of the same old broken washington.
Hillary will be a great president!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The other thing you might see is some strategy on the GOP side. Since they have tagged McCain already you may see a lot of Republicans and Independent McCain supporters vote on the Democratic side (in open primary states) for Hillary since she is perceived as a weaker opponent against McCain.
To all women across our great nation, I urge you to vote for Hillary – "If not YOU, who? If not NOW, when?"
I wish we could donated from Canada….. -Judith
It's called internet fund raising Judith! And its not illegal unless they tell you its illegal..
Like many have said, WE ALL THOUGHT she was doing well on money so we did not donate. Well, Hillary asked and WE responded!!!
Here's an interesting statistic for folks to mull over - according to the CNN exit polls ( and my very basic calculatios) for all the primaries contested thus far (does not include caucuses where exit polling is not done), Senator Clinton beats Senator Obama in the category of 'who is most qualified to be commander in chief' by an average of 50.1% to 36.3%. She even took this category in many of the states where Senator Obama squeaked out a win in the popular vote.
YES WE CAN...WHAT?
I have been giving to the Hillary campaign $50.00 for the last 4 weeks, last time yesterday. I encourage everybody to donate to her campign, now it is the real time when she needs all the support from us. Did you hear that Obama is declining to dabate with Clinton? She is the best Candidate by far....
To all women across our great nation, I urge you to vote for whoever you truly believe is the best candidate – woman, man, black, white, old, young. If, after careful consideration, your choice is Hillary – then proudly walk into that voting booth and pull the lever for her. If, after your careful consideration you settle on someone else, don't concede to the notion that you have to vote monolithically in accordance with your gender. I urge all african americans to make the same determination with regard to your choice of candidate.
Stop leaving in nowayland and be real. Mrs Clinton is our only hope to take our great NATION BACK TO WORLD LEADERSHIP. Donate to her campaign for a better future.
She's still not as popular as Ron Paul. These unfortunate, ignorant people supporting her have no idea what's really going on, and they're wasting their money.
Tt is amazing the amount of people who fall into the Clinton trap. The family is a pack of lying, manipulative cheats. Yes, Bill did some good for the country but for crying out loud people, can we get someone different to run our country? I'm sick of the Bush and Clinton family, however different from eachother they are. I'm not psyched about any of the candidates really, but the one that will most certainly have the biggest impact in our future would be Barak Obama. He speaks well, talks to the people not down to the people (like the Clintons do, both of them). When he says he is running for the rest of us, I believe him and so should you.
Yeah....her campaign is pressing hard to pay back that $5 million to herself. After hearing about this....I just went and donated to Obama's campaign again! YES WE CAN!
I truly believe Hillary and support her. I just donated to her campign.
Hopefully, Hillary can do what Bill did-Put is back in the black on the budget.
Keep in mind, Obama doesn't own the idea of change. When either Hillary or Obama win the national election, we will inherently have positive change over the mess of the last 7 years.
I still don't know what Obama intends to do if he get in because he speaks in such high level. Inspiring, but empty. Hillary knows better how to work within Washington and get things done. There's just too much at stake, we need Hillary to do the job and kick some you know what in Washington!