March 6th, 2008
07:58 PM ET
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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. Kevin

    I have been an Obama supporter and voted for him in the Alabama primary. I honestly have to say that his fund raising efforts DO NOT impress me. To a certain extent, it actually angers me that he would waste this much money on a campaign. His and Clinton's stance on issues that matter to me aren't very differnt. This one issue has now caused me to swing over as a Hillary supporter.

    March 6, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  2. Shannon Shiflett

    this is what happens when the clinton is in denial–all of her supporters are in denial, too. obama was 20 points behind in ohio and texas and closed the gap. and in case you can't face reality in the same way bush is in denial, you must know it's a virtual impossibility for clinton to catch up in the race for delegates. so who is truly throwing their money away?

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

    Great for Obama, Hillary only won because of dirty politics, even clinton adviser told Canadian news media CBC that she won largely because of NAFTA. The Canadian Prime minister Steven Harper has apologized to Obama and they are investigating who leaked the memo with wrong information.

    YES WE CAN 08.

    March 6, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  4. NOTBAMA

    Please!!!!!!!!!!And she still won the Mini Super Tuesday and is raising $3,000.000.00 PER DAY now!!!!!!!!!!
    Hillary 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 6, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  5. ACTION

    BUT STILL LOST ON 4TH, RIGHT?

    WITH 3:1 ADS, 3:2 OFFICES; 3:2 STAFF MEMEMBERS...., STILL LOST, WHAT THAT MEANS?

    DO NOT BET AGAIN! MY FRIENDS.

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

    Well lets give credit where it belongs, Obama was a persona no grata merely a month ago and he has sweat Clinton, an American household name to the point that during the last debate, she was shameless to ask for people to donate at her website, even though it was a debate? I have never heard Obama ask people for money! and looking by the percentages of the amounts donated, there is Momentum on the Obama side.
    What he needs to do is know how to steer through the "kitchen sink" politics, save the party but at the same time expose Clinton without creating FEAR with the people. I know WE can but she can't.
    Ant the media?! I am now scared you are not as strong as you look....you're easly swayed.
    Go Obama

    March 6, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  7. AJ, IL

    You said it Paul! $55 million will no strings attached!

    For all the Obama-haters (a.k.a. mostly Hillary-supporters), to borrow a Bill Clinton's phrase, "depends on how you define what 'win' really means". Hillary netted more pledged delegates than Obama in Ohio, but Obama will net more pledged delegates out of Texas. With the access of Hillary to the Bill Clinton name, Bill Clinton political machine, and Bill Clinton fortune, she only nets 5 pledged delegates out of Junior Super Tuesday. Obama still picked up 1 more superdelegate today.

    Alright fellow Hope-mongers, let's get back to work with fundraising and volunteering to push the Obama's campaign over the finish line!

    Yes We Can! Obama in 08!

    March 6, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  8. Nick

    I will also vote McCain if Hillary wins nom. Don't you see this is why conservatives want Hillary to win. WAKE UP!

    March 6, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  9. andrew of california

    why try to leave a comment? if a person says what they feel, it has to fit the profile of what you want them to be saying or you will not print it.

    March 6, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  10. Theresa

    BE SMART!!! Solve the problem in Florida and Michigan WITHOUT cost to anyone. SIMPLY DIVIDE THE DELEGATES between your campain and Hillary. We knew all along that she would go after the delegates, if she needed to. This woman is so devious and crooked as well as obsessed with being the first woman President, she will do ANYTHING to reach her goal.

    Look into her involvement with the S and L situation.
    Check out the time she and Bill were in the white house and had that drug king staying in the Lincolin Room for a great deal of money for Bill's campaign. She also removed furniture from the White House in the dark of night. YOU MUST FIGHT HER AT HER OWN LEVEL. WE ARE WANTING TO SEE YOU WIN. PLEASE FIGHT HER, AND FIGHT HARD. DON'T PULL ANY PUNCHES, SHE WILL DO ANYTHING TO BEAT YOU.

    March 6, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  11. Dave C - N.J.

    Obama is the Tiger Woods of candidates!!!

    March 6, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  12. KJ, CA

    Demcrats listen to the message of this – it isn't so much about the amount of money raised but how it was raised! Obama did that without donations for PAC's, special interests, etc. – it was all donations from the people. And, Obama continued to run a clean campaign (unlike his opponent).

    March 6, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  13. Davis

    Hillary and Bill are frauds! Always have been and will never change.
    As for two...lies ....lies...lies...
    Wake up America...we truly do not have much to choose from....
    but, certainly not this witch!

    March 6, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  14. Supercruize

    Hillary has tried all she can and will stoop to the lowest mud puddle to win this nomination. Obama has run on a clean campaign and i hope he does not buy into her negativity. She is the reason why Mc Cain might win easily- Hillary is no match for the Republican propaganda machinery and will most likely cry her way out of the race.

    She won three states, but whats the difference in the delegate count? Hardly any. She is trying hard to psyche herself up but soon she will realize that she is living in a bubble. She should stop wasting campaign money and instead support Obama.

    March 6, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  15. shug

    Obama is doin a great job campaigning and i hope he becaomes the next nominee, not just the nominee but the president of the united states of america. People try to look down on Obama cuz he black, just give him a break. Senator Hillary Clinton is just a lying, decieving, backbitting and a bitter old women who just want to be greedy.She have been wrong toward the candidate and also she have been wrong for the U>S Don't vote for senator, that will be the wrong choice, Vote for Obama and the united states will be a better place.

    March 6, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  16. Troy

    It is obvious that Obama is the favored candidate, as it evident by his consistent ability to raise more funds than Hillary, and by the poll numbers showing him beating Hillary and McCain in national polls. Ohio and Texas where abberations. Both states have high number of uneducated whites and latinos. Fortunately, these two groups, who don't contribute significantly to the well being of America, don't represent the majority of the American population. This is why Obama has won many more states than Clinton.

    March 6, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  17. moore

    Hillary 08

    Sounds like Obama"s halo is going south...He has no backbone and needs training pants if he does get nomination. I don't want a President who dosen't know what his own staff is doing or can't speak without having praticed over and over his speech that he stoled in the first place.

    Hillary is winning all the big states with the most delegates. I think they will let Florida and Michigan revote and guess what Florida has majority of seniors.

    March 6, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  18. Vocie of Reason

    Obama 08!!

    "Yes We Can"!!!!

    You can't Stop a Movement!

    March 6, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  19. Jay

    Hillary is good enough.

    Obama is outstanding.

    March 6, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  20. Alex H

    Hillary didn't need any money. She got free air time by whining and attacking Obama. Who needs to spend money when you can get the press to do it for you?

    March 6, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  21. Sam Hussein Bama

    Go Barack Go....

    Time for Billary to get out...and new brighter Sun will rise on Jan 20 2009 when John W Mccain will be hiding in Crawford Ranch

    March 6, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  22. Charolette

    I hate to burst you Hillary supporters bubble but one BIG reason why Clinton got a lot of votes was because of the Republicans that crossed over to vote for her. They know that thier candidate John Mccain doest stand a chance up against Barack Obama in the general election. Get over it! Hillary didnt win because of her own campaign. Obama's campaign out does hers with thier hands tied behind thier backs. Hillary needs to bow out as soon as possible so that the party can unite around the true front-runner.

    Obama 08!!!

    BTW: Where are your tax records and why wont you produce them. Wouldnt be because you have something to hide....would it?!!

    March 6, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  23. zach

    Obama '08!

    March 6, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  24. Paul

    Hillary will be our Nominee,

    Obama should start investing an equal ammount of money on his campaign . It will show America that without double spending he cannot cause a significant impact in those people, including me who understand that he is simply not ready to lead our nation.
    Hillary can make a great difference and Obama could be a potential good Vice President. Obama can learn as a VP and eventually become our President.

    This election is not about race , gender or SES, it is about the future of our loved nation.

    Live to America and

    Hillary for President!!!

    Hillary 08- President of the United States of America

    March 6, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  25. Interesting!

    How do the Hillary supporters know how much she spent when she won't even release her tax records? I guess it wouldn't make a difference, anyway, since most of them are illiterate.

    March 6, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
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