March 6th, 2008
07:58 PM ET
7 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. Rachel F.

    $55 million is awesome! Obama '08!

    March 6, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  2. J. warren

    Senator Obama's camp has done an excellent job during this campaign period. He has out-raised all candidates, out flanked his opponents by winning more states dramatically, and most of all, he has maintained a decent civil competitive race. Great Job Barack...we are proud of you as an American. Keep your head above ground, let her go negative and nasty. However, do not be afraid to hit back and HARD. Hillary Clinton is a nasty woman, that used being a female, white and rich. Just keep hitting her on the issues, while she cries and lean heavily on "her husband" and try to STEAL the election from under him. WE the PEOPLE would not allow that to happen. We will turn the Democratic party upside down. As for Florida and Michigan.. they broke the rules. WE will not sit by idle and allow them to run you out of town. The PEOPLE are watching....very ...very...very carefully. The people will stand with you Barack Obama....don't forget it.

    March 6, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  3. Chris

    HAHAHHAA LOLOLOLOL.

    With all Hillary's money and effort spend on the 4 states, she only got 12 MORE DELEGATES THAN OBAMA !!!!!

    12 EXTRA DELEGATES !!!!...HAHAHAHA...THE JOKE IS ON YOU, HILLARY

    YOU CAN'T CATCH UP. I DONT THINK YOUR SUPPORTERS KNOW THAT.

    OBAMA ALL THE WAY. QUIT NOW HILLARY OR TAKE THE VP POST HUMBLY

    March 6, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  4. TB

    Hey nut jobs...aka Hillary Supporters

    Who gives a crap what you think?? He had to put that kind of money forth in order to even come close to the point gap that Clinton had almost 3 weeks ago. He is competing with name recognition and quite frankly I don't think he done too shabby. It's amazing how no state ever matters unless HILLARY wins. Her famous comment after her Ohio win was "Ohio got it right" so even her supporters from the other state some how screwed up. Always everyone elses fault and never the Clintons...how typical.

    March 6, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  5. Grif

    With the smiles on some of the faces, the Chinese must be in this race.

    March 6, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  6. Larry Sporn, OH

    That is indeed interesting, particularly given that a large number of the touted "string" of victories by Obama are in red states, primarily composed of Republicans, who will go to the GOP (as they always do) in the fall.

    There is a reason, you know, that historically candidates in a Democratic primary don't try and cobble together by a victory via a bunch of caucus, red states that will mean relatively nothing in a General Election. It ends up giving the Democratic Party a nominee that doesn't stand a chance in the General Election. That is, for the reasons that strategy has potential in a primary, it fails in a General. Of course, the media - continuing its infatuation with Obama - doesn't want to mention that. Instead, the focus is always on the number of states rather than the states themselves. Hillary carried both Ohio and California handily, and many of the other key blue states by large margins as well!

    If Obama had these results in a General Election, he would be woefully short on the electoral votes needed to win (as he is also on delegates). Clinton would actually be almost there.

    Hillary '08!

    March 6, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  7. Eric

    Hilary picked up a total difference of like 4 delegates. Thats not winning and using your money wisely. Thats more of the same. She will waste all that money again and beg for more money like she did last time...
    Obama for President.

    March 6, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  8. Sly

    I donated..

    OBAMA 08!

    March 6, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  9. Jose

    I agree with Chanell regarding the Clinton-Canadian connection. Where's that news? As for Obama's financial strength, it is obvious. Despite the reckless, untrue, and unethical behavior of Clinton, people seem to know when to put their money where their collective mouth is and it is with Obama. Some may say feebly that Obama had more bucks and he still did not win. No kidding. Look at how little Clinton has won overall considering her fundraising. Where are the tax returns? What foreign experience does she have? It is foreign to me and that is why I ask. :-)

    March 6, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  10. shundee

    Aisha,
    Billary has NO VICTORY. Do your Math and then comment. Obama excel in every area. Glad to know you support a polarizer and a loser. Similar bi-polar personalites possibly????????????????

    March 6, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  11. JIM CARTER

    Overseas money for obama funneled through so many poor persons that don't have a clue. You tell me that is not special interest groups. Come on " Give me a BREAK.

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

    Hillary still has to do more to win the democratic national convention. She has pulled every negative polital card she could to win Texas and Ohio because that is the only way she knew to win. Senator Obama has another chance to continue his momentum and I do not believe that she will make it as the democratic nominee. YES WE CAN!

    March 6, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  13. Bill

    I have to wonder where the money is coming from also..Bet mom and dad will be happy to see all the credit card bills. Money does not make you a winner, or even the best choice. If that were the case, Obama would have won Ohio and Texas, which he out spent Clinton 2-1.

    CNN should be asking why he lied, whats his real ties to Rezko( and he wants us to believe he has good judgement) and why he voted present or by mistake on hundreds of bills.

    March 6, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  14. Dream Ticket

    Tired of hearing how Hill/Obama is the dream ticket.
    Dream ticket is really Hillary/McCain.
    That is the ticket.

    March 6, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  15. Dave

    "$55 million a month in donations and no strings? Yea right!"

    That is correct, there are no strings.

    The average donation was about $75 per person. As the story says, more than 90 percent of the donations were $100 or less. $100 doesn't buy a whole lot of strings these days.

    I have happily contributed $10/month since the beginning of his campaign. His website makes it very easy for ordinary folks like us to make small, regular contributions.

    Unlike Clinton, Obama does not accept money from lobbyists. How about you ask Clinton about the favors she owes to those lobbyists?

    How about you ask Clinton to release her tax returns? Aren't you a bit curious where the $5 million came from that she lent her campaign? She hasn't told us that yet, has she?

    How about you ask Clinton why she is delaying the release of her White House records?

    -Dave

    March 6, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  16. LostFigs

    He got so much and still lost???????

    That's an Obamanation!!!!!!!

    March 6, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  17. MARYLOU JONES

    OBAMA, YOU CANNOT BUY THIS ELECTION! HILLARY SUPPORTERS, IF YOU HAVE NOT DONATED, DONATE NOW!!!! EVEN FIVE DOLLAR DONATIONS ADD UP. EMPTY THOSE PIGGY BANKS, GET OUT YOUR CREDIT CARD OR DEBIT CARD AND GO TO HILLARYCLINTONDOTCOM. HILLARY IS THE BEST CANDIDATE. SHE SEES WHAT IS HAPPENING TO THE ECONOMY AND HAS SPECIFIC PLANS TO HELP. OBAMA IS NOT WHO HE APPEARS TO BE. DON'T BE FOOLED AGAIN. VOTE FOR HILLARY CLINTON FOR PRESIDENT !!!

    March 6, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  18. Hillary Huckabee

    Hillary Huckabee gets her money from lobbyists and PACs.

    Obama is "the people's candidate".

    Time for Hillary Huckabee to give it up. Stop with the Clinton dirty tricks and let us elect someone who will create REAL change.

    Obama '08

    P.S. Where are your tax returns? What are you hiding?

    March 6, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  19. intellegant voter

    GREAT JOB OBAMA.......WITH THAT MONEY YOU WERE ABLE TO BREAKDOWN THAT 20 POINT LEAD IN BOTH STATES TO HARDLY NOTHING.....IN FACT YOU WILL COME AWAY WITH THE DELEGATE LEAD IN TEXAS...LOL.....HER TOTAL NET DELEGATES WILL BE LESS THAN 10......IN 2 STATES THAT WERE TAILOR MADE FOR HER.......A TRULY GREAT ACCOMPLISHMENT........SHE LOSES BY 20/30 POINTS WHEN YOU ARE FAVORED IN STATES....OBAMA......DEM NOMINEE...NO DOUBT.......MEMO TO CLINTONITES.....IF YOU GET YOURE WAY AND BECOME A FLIP FLOPPER LIKE CLINTON AND REDUE FLORIDA AND MICHICAN....IF THEY SPLIT THE TWO STATES WHICH I THINK THEY WILL....OBAMA.....WILLHAVE ENOUGH DELEGATES BY THE END OF THE CONTEST IN JUNE TO SECURE THE NOMINATION

    March 6, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  20. Arthur-Texas

    "A fool and his money are soon departed."

    GO HILLARY! OUR NEXT PRESIDENT.

    March 6, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  21. Henry III

    First of all the ability to raise money is a fine line between refelcting momentum and intelligent organization. Obama has done a wonderful job of this. All we hear about is how Clinton beat Obama down on Tuesday. Guys, since Super Tuesday it's 12-3 Obama. She will likely earn 187 delegates to Obama's 183. Remember how far Clinton was up in Ohio and Texas polls right after Wisconsin? It's impressive that he came as close as he did in Texas's primary. The jury is still out for the caucus. Be fair in you pro-Clinton comments, because many of you sound ignorant.

    March 6, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  22. Suziku

    Obama was trying to have a fair and above board campaign but Hillary couldn't win that way so she went karl rove all the way. Obama has learned his lesson about this piece of work and he has plenty of material to work with!

    She's a nasty piece of work! Watch out hillary supporters or you might get what you wish for and drag the rest of us down with you.

    March 6, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  23. KMAN

    Obviously, us Barak 's supports are willing to put our money where our mouths are ... and apparently Hillary's supports are not quite so willing! They do seem to be capable of offering up a good deal of mindless ranting for their very flawed candidate. I personally have trouble envisioning her satisfiying a whole nation when see hasn't been able to satisfy one man!

    March 6, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  24. clinton2008

    Ohh yes People, money can't buy votes and Obama compaing can't birbe votes. Dont give up Hilary
    Go Hilary2008

    March 6, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  25. columbus

    Gee, I was wondering why he's the only thing we Ohioans saw and heard on our televisions and radios for what seemed like an eternity! I began to think he bought up every media outlet in the state! Problem is, all the money in the world isn't going to get you elected. For a man who touts "change", he sure knows how to play the politician game!

    March 6, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
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