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. Ivan, Chicago, Illinois

    Talk about trying to buy the nomination.

    March 6, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  2. Cathy

    And it still cant win with that much money

    March 6, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  3. A. Harrison

    When I look at the national map, Hillary has all the big states. You can call them important, uninportant, whatever, but that counts for something, and as Gloria Bourger (spelling) said, you can't win for losing, referring to Obama's delegate lead but losses of very very very important states.

    Put them on the same ticket and be done with it.

    March 6, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  4. smart grrl in ls mo

    guys... obama is not going to be President... Hillary has opened the door for him to come together on the ticket... if he's smart, he'll get with it... becaise soon, FLORIDA and MICHIGAN will get in the game and he'll lose

    March 6, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  5. Jessica, MI

    T from Texas – I'm a young attorney also, yet I never would've spewed that out, or the fact that I have a JD, on this board, except now -to show that you're pathetic for trying to bring your credentials into this. I know other attorneys who are brilliant, and also others who should never have been allowed to practice law. Nobody is impressed with your credentials. You must be insecure for bringing that up. Also, why did you feel the need to mention that you were white?

    Sad, sad Hillary supporter you are :(

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

    Frankly, if I were Hillary I would be worried. She may have won three primaries (after losing a dozen in a row), but she's behind in the pledged delegate count, and she doesn't have as many people donating to her campaign as Barack. Maybe the people in Rhode Island, Ohio and Texas preferred her, but people all over the country are giving Barack much greater support. It's not just about three (or a dozen) states, it's about what America wants. And now that Barack realizes how negative Hillary will go to win this campaign, he'll retool and have a little fun of his own with the dirt on Hillary.

    March 6, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  7. Pete

    In case this one makes it.
    Bottom line...the original NAFTA story was about the CLINTON campaign, NOT Obama!
    Somehow CTV changed their story about Clinton to a story about Obama. How a confidential consular memo got into Clinton's hands is under a complete invesigation by the Canadian Government.
    Same old Clinton dirty tricks...stay tuned for more flack about CLINTON on this story!.

    March 6, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  8. Jessie

    Eat that blueprint for victory, Hillary.

    And it's scary, the Billary Bots are really starting to come out in full force. I think all of the old Ron Paul zealots jumped ship when he went down and joined the Billary Bot fanatic club.

    March 6, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  9. for Hillary

    CNN. even you never post my comment I continue write my thought. At least let you know that Millions people never agree to you in this race. Ask your Obama? HOW MUCH COME FROM OPRAH AND REZKO? Obama, you playing negative right now and CNN doesnot talk about that. Shame on you.

    March 6, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  10. Jason

    Too bad cash cannot buy him some wins and big states that matter and cannot buy him experience.

    That also happens to match the amount Rezko is in debt. In debt by 55 million and yet he could have his wife get a loan to help the Obama's.

    Obama give Rezko some cash, he helped you !

    Also, nice to know that his Sr Foreign Policy adviser said he is "not reasy" for that 3 a.m. White House phone call.

    HILLARY 2008

    March 6, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  11. Fernandez

    He better start donating it to charity or help the 40 milliion uninsured. Where is he going to spend it?

    March 6, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  12. Valerie

    You Hilliary's fans really surprises me. Duh he won 11 straight to Hilliary nothing. Give me a break.

    March 6, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  13. Concerned

    "... Independent American March 6th, 2008 3:04 pm ET

    Hillary is just wasting the poor people's money, she knows that she is far behind and it's almost impossible to catch up..."

    And Obama is wasting poor parents money. The silly students keep clicking the "CONTRIBUTE" button and donating the money they don't have knowing that the parents will pay their credit card bills.

    March 6, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  14. A Bag of Chips

    To all of you ragging on Obama for raising so much money and losing 4 states: WHO HAS THE LEAD IN DELEGATES?

    March 6, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  15. Angela

    Actually the money was well spent. Obama gained a lot of ground in both Ohio and Texas. Those were Hillary's state or have you all forgotten that already?

    March 6, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  16. paustinx

    Obama won Texas (considering the caucus delegates which will be announced in a couple of weeks.. unofficial results already indicate that he got 3-5 delegates more than Hillary).. Republicans voted for Hillary in Ohio and Texas because they are afraid that it would difficult to beat Obama in Nov. But despite that I am sure Obama will win the nomination. He closed the gap in Texas and Ohio and I think his performance in Ohio and Texas was amazing considering the odds. Go Obama 08 !!

    March 6, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  17. Emily Moonie

    As a an Obama supporter, I am delighted that he has raised so much money. It shows that people are rallying in behind him and are eager for change. Thought respect Hillary for putting up a good fight, if nominated by superdelegates, I will vote for McCain.

    March 6, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  18. Vicky in Texas

    Most of Obama's campaign money is coming from people like me – $50 at a time – just donated another $50 today, and I will continue to contribute to Obama until he is in the White House.

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

    Obama at least deserves the money being donated to his campaign. I cannot believe that the american people cannot see through Hillary Clinton and the Clintons as a whole. Hillary has been using sympathy to win votes, it is truly disturbing to me. I also think that CNN and the Media in general, in my opinion, are responsible for Obama's loss in TX and Ohio. He had been moving up in the polls and they were at a tie before the media decided to turn things around. Bad timing on the media's end. Also, all the TV shows looking to get the ratings, run to Hilalry's cry, her playing the victim makes some voters vonurable. It is a joke! a true fairy tale! I am so glad that Obama still outspent her, out raised her and hopefully he will continue to out delegate her. She is a snake! and I'd like to know who will she cry to at 3:00 A.M when the red phone rings. Hillary get over your clinton self.

    March 6, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  20. Truth

    And you still couldn't win Texas and Ohio better luck next time.

    March 6, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  21. Jorge

    Sarah, what are you talking about???
    Do you think Ohio will vote for McCain??? do you think they will vote for some one who is willing to do NOTHING about NAFTA??? have you seen the polls saying that the MAYORITY of Democrats will vote Democrat if OBAMA is the nominee???
    Hillary got you blind girl!

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

    $55M and he still lost in Texas & Ohio....what a shame.

    March 6, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  23. Sandra Johnson

    Hillary Sucks! Right on Obama. YES WE CAN!!!! SI SE PUEDE!!!! and all the great things that come with it.

    OBAMA '08...

    March 6, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  24. Obama '08

    This is how we do it...and I'm going to keep giving until he is the nominee for our party!!!!

    March 6, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  25. Jimmy P

    Dirty drug money from the majority of his supporters – burnout, deadbeat, GenX'rs. Then of course the Militant Black and Al Qaida funds as well. Bill Clinton was wrong to say Obama's run has been a fairy tale – it's a freaking nightmare.

    March 6, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
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