March 6th, 2008
07:58 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama raises $55 million in February

Obama raised $55 million in February.
Obama raised $55 million in February.

(CNN) – Barack Obama’s campaign said Thursday that it had set a new campaign fundraising record, raising $55 million in February – roughly $20 million more than rival Hillary Clinton during the same time period. Nearly all of the money came in the form of contributions that can be used during the primary process.

The campaign said that 727,972 donors contributed to the campaign last month, including 385,101 first-time contributors. More than one million individuals have donated to Obama’s presidential campaign since it began last year.

More than $45 million of the February haul came in the form of online contributions, according to the campaign. More than 90 percent of those donations were $100 or less; half were $25 or less. Three-quarters of online donors in February were first-time contributors, and more than a third of those individuals went on to engage in volunteer activity coordinated through the campaign’s Web site.

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  1. Gary in CT

    I just donated some more to his March campaign. Go BaracK!

    I wonder if Billary is going to try and get some more from Peter Paul, the convicted felon they got $1.6 million from for her Senatorial campaign.

    March 6, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  2. RVKW

    Hillary wins 3 states after 12 knock outs by Obama and suddenly you wanna boast about how much less Hillary spent. Whatever!

    Obama's spending did pay off because he was able to greatly close the 20 point gap in the polls for Ohio and TExas. Also he lost by only a small margin in Texas. His margin in Ohio was smaller compared to large margins that Hillary has lost to Obama in many other states.

    Do the math!!!!

    OBAMA '08!

    March 6, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  3. Chris, Orlando

    And yet he still sucks.

    Money can't make you a decent candidate, Barack.

    Stop wasting your money, Obamaheads.

    March 6, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  4. qlinderman

    TO PAUL: CHECK out Obama's web site! Tens of Thousands of Volunteers like me raise tons of money for Barack. A $100 here, $25 there . We work hard because WE CARE!! Will you donate...I'lll send you the link? :-)

    OBAMA08

    OBAMA WILL BE PRESIDENT08 !!!

    March 6, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  5. Captain

    You guys are pathetic..... Obama lost Ohio for two reasons: #1, Ohio's large population of uneducated racists. I am not saying that all uneducated people are racist. I am saying that all racist are uneducated (Hint: If you are educated, you know the difference between the two). #2, The right wingers in the Canadian government who attempted to throw the election because they were afraid of what Obama would do with regards to NAFTA. Make no mistake, The Canadians are just as afraid of Obama as the GOP. That's why they leaked that FAKE story about Obama. WAKE UP AMERICA!!!

    Obama barely lost Texas, but is winning in the Caucuses. Considering that 2 weeks ago, Obama was down in the polls in Texas by double digits, I'd say that was money well spent. The Money he poured into Texas and Ohio was to keep him from losing as bad to Hillary and to stop her delegate gain. She only netted four delegates on Tuesday, so who is really the looser?? Obama will have more momentum after he wins Wyoming and Mississippi and the Canadian government is exposed for its corruptess.

    March 6, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  6. vip-tours@hotmail.com

    hey new flash...... Billary is still behind by 144 pledged dels..... she will never catch him congrats on taking the low road... with your big victory you netted an amazing 11 more dels then him... good job... but get ready for a few more loses WY and Mississippi

    March 6, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  7. Kyle South Carolina

    Yall Hillary supporters are a trip and even a few Obama supporters. Do some of you think he COULDN'T RAISE THIS MUCH? Barack isn't funded by PAC's and outside money all comes FROM US!! WE THE PEOPLE AT TIMES SIT ON HIS PAGE AND JUST START GIVING!! It's nothing uncommon for US. HIS CAMPAIGN IS OUR CAMPAIGN!! We really need to think about moving forward and sad to say but the math isn't adding up for Hillary; us Obama supporters arent saying that its REALITY!! We've won more DELEGATES/STATES AND POPULAR VOTE!!

    March 6, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  8. Pika

    EVEN THOUGH SHE ONE, IT WAS NOT BY MUCH.... OBAMA IS STILL AHEAD BY OVE 100! SHE'S A CRY BABY AND GOT HER WAY. WHATEVER!

    GO BAMA!!!!! GO! WOOT!

    March 6, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  9. B. Smart

    . . . .Hillary lead by 4 pts. big deal. Barack won the caucases alone by
    more pts than that.

    March 6, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  10. aurelia

    Go Go President Obama... We are 200% behind you and we will continue to support you all the way.

    March 6, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  11. June (California Voter)

    All I can say is Obama has a good organization.

    March 6, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  12. Marty, Memphis

    People are rejecting the Hillary slime machine. we realize she can't win in November and Barack can.

    GOBAMA!!!

    March 6, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  13. Hillary For President!!!!!! Ohio

    Money don't buy Votes!, people have their Winner.... HILLARY!!!!!

    March 6, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  14. Kimberly in Texas

    Yes we can and yes we will!
    Obama for President

    Donate now!
    I did and will again and again and again!

    March 6, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  15. Joe, Boston

    I want to know why Michelle Obama's salary doubled after her husband was elected Senator. Her position and role did not change so why was her salary doubled?

    March 6, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  16. cathy

    Big deal that she won 3 out of 4 states – she certainly didn't gain many delegates – seems to me – she really didn't win anything!!

    Go Obama Go!!!

    March 6, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  17. Kathleen

    I wish people would donate like this for the victims of NewOrleans ,we'd all be better off ,and we'd have a great country !!!this is downright disgusting

    March 6, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  18. Mike in Ohio

    Hillary spent $140 million to lose Iowa. And a mom and pop store had to take them to small claims court for $2,000! Some victory.

    March 6, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  19. Will

    You guys who think Obama got his butt kicked in Texas are idiots. Did you even look at the results? He lost 47-51 and will win most likely the caucus. Lets get real... Hillary is too far behind mathematically to win. If he keeps it close from here on out she'll be way short. Barring adding Florida to the mix or superdelegates changing who the people voted its Obama '08....Its just math....

    March 6, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  20. H

    TO OBAMA SUPPORTERS – NO YOU CAN'T

    GO HILLARY 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 6, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  21. nick in SF

    Billary, don't hate. I am about to send him more right now. Now that we know how you want to play, we are about to let the dogs out. People get ready there's a train a comin. You betta get on board or get left behind with Billary.

    March 6, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  22. Texas4Obama

    Senator Obama WON all the BIG CITIES in Texas: Dallas, Ft.Worth, Austin, and Houston – when you add up the delegates from the primary and caucuses he WON MORE delegates – he WON TEXAS!

    The people that say he lost are misinformed and have been listening to the Hillary spin and the pundits on tv - who ever wins the MOST delegates wins the state – Obama WON Texas!

    This is a case of the turtle and the hare – Obama will win one state at a time and in the end be our next President of the United States of America and then all the Billary people will be in shock and say to themselves 'what the heck happened' because they can't see the truth even when it is right in front of their face.

    March 6, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  23. Tafoya A. Hubbard

    Ask the clintons how much money they took and KEPT from Rezko and Oprah gave 2300.00 and raised a TON more. TX was very close and team Obama knew Ohio was a long shot and he is still AHEAD in pledged delegates and the popular vote. Earlier you Hillary supporters were asking show me the money for Feb. now he has and it doesnt matter. Nothing ever matters to you people unless its Hillary. I will vote for Nadar if the nomination is stolen in Aug at the convention. This is the begining of the end for the DNC at this rate. Nobody ever cared about big states vs small states until NOW and that is because Hillary initally ran her campagin like she was entitiled to be President and never thought Barack was real competition boy was she ever wrong, yet again she had BAD JUDGEMENT!!!

    Obama 08
    YES WE CAN!!!!

    March 6, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  24. Vic

    Tsk, tsk...when our candidate loses, we do and say strange things! Like saying Obama gets his campaign funds from individuals, while Hillary's come from special interests and PACs.

    Look up MoveOn.org, the largest political action committee in existence and see who they support. They did not endorse Hillary! She, on the other hand, has been endorsed by 30 military officers, including five-star generals, who cannot by law contribute to political races. Endorsements don't come any more special than these.

    This is a reminder of once in a debate when Hillary expressed disappointment when a moderator asked why she was not as likeable as she could possibly be. Obama, turned toward her and mumbled condesendingly, "You're likeable enough, Hillary." The point here is whether she raises her 35M or his 55M, her recent win definitely shows that she's "likeable enough."

    March 6, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  25. CHANGE IS COMING

    "Adam in Indy March 6th, 2008 2:39 pm ET

    Too bad he couldn't win with all that money!

    HILLARY 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

    Don't worry, he will unless your math skills fall in line with Clinton's spin doctors.

    Obama '08.

    I'm about to donate $25 again so that he raises another 50 next month.

    March 6, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
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