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. d

    Big deal..... what a waste!! There are really poor people in the U.S. who could have food on the table instead of a tv commercial. Get real !

    March 6, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  2. T from Texas

    Way to go Obama fans who will vote for McCain if Hillary gets the nomination. I think its fans like you that are tearing up the dem party, not Hillary and not Obama. Think first before you do that please!

    March 6, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  3. K

    If this is not an omen of things to come for hillary, I don't know what is.

    March 6, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  4. Erick

    Not sure why people are saying the money didn't do him any good. Yeah, he lost some states. States where he was projected to lose by a lot before he started campaigning in them. What was Hillary's lead in TX a few weeks ago? 15 points? These are proportional elections, winning by 2% doesn't really do you much good. Its also a little odd to count Texas a win for Hillary since the caucus is still being counted, and that will probably make up for Obama's loss in the primary. He could very well get more overall delegates from TX.

    As a conservative who doesn't have much at stake in this primary but finds it very interesting, I'm always amazed at how democrats can be so into one candidate and hate the other when their platforms are so identical. Also, Hillary fans just seem really nutty and delusional. The persecution complex gets old too.

    March 6, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  5. pate

    55 MILLION WONDERFUL, I AM DONATING HALF OF MY PAY CHECK THIS WEEK TO PRESIDENT OBAMA...

    OBAMA ALL THE WAY, LEAD US TO THE PROMISE LAND.

    March 6, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    Most of Hillary supporters are uneducated. Unfortunately they're like bush supporter, blind and don't see how dangerous she can be to the world peace.

    March 6, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  7. Johnathan Brisby

    Go Obama!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Hillary Sucks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 6, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  8. Kevin

    What great news and for the first time I will be a contributor for Obama's totals for March. Stay above the water line Mr. Obama America is with you and loving it. Finally after years of frustration I finally have hope.

    March 6, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  9. andrew jones

    Yes, it is ordinary people like us that keeps funding Obama campaign; not personal contributions from the Billary Clinton's without showing us a tax return!

    That reminds...let me go donate one more $500 to OBAMA CAMPAIGN !

    DOWN BILLARY AND HER DIRTY POLITICS OF SHAME!

    YES, MY DONATION COUNTS!

    YES WE CAN!

    VOTE OBAMA!!!

    March 6, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  10. Big Dee

    Hillary can only win the traditional Democratic states. She's hated by the right so much that if elected she would not be able to push an agenda. Also the do nothing Congress will not be able to help her because they are hated even more by the population as a whole. Vote for Obama, a unifier. Besides, she won in TX because of the republican cross over voters and promising the world to Hispanic voters. They are soon to be fooled.

    March 6, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  11. Joe

    Hillary supporters,

    Take a look at the scoreboard. Lets see if you can win 12 straight.

    March 6, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  12. D.Kimbro OHIO

    That was a wonderful loss in Texas, when he will end up with double the delegates. Stay tuned. As for my state, they were obviously fooled by the Clinton double talk. He is a wonderful fund raiser along with his team.

    March 6, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  13. John

    Obamarrhea

    March 6, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  14. Kevin Leo (Jonesboro, GA)

    CNN,

    It is time to show your impartiality and report the news! What is going on with Canada and Camp Clinton? You were very quick to discuss ad nauseum Obama's financial chair and his meeting with Canada, even after they publicly came out and said i was being misreported what was discussed. Howver, you have been very quite about the news coming out of Canada about HRC's team REQUESTING a meeting with Canada about NAFTA.

    What's good for the goose...

    March 6, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  15. LJ

    hillman-you are stupid, ignorant and probably uneducated as well. Kids pick on you as a child??

    OBAMA!

    March 6, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  16. Leo

    This money is coming from WE THE PEOPLE! We will eliminate the politics of old and bring on Mr. Barack Obama, the greatest uniter in recent history.

    WOOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    GO OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    YES WE CAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    March 6, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  17. Kat, Huntington, West Virginia

    Don't let him buy this election. It is far too important for money to be the thing that puts him over the edge. Come on Hillary supporters-dig deep, give and speak-up. With a fraction of the money we won in the single most important states to date. Hilary 08!

    March 6, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  18. ARMSTRONG

    Keep the good work going Barack Obama.

    More funds are on your way. I am very proud of you. I am very pleased that the Canadian Govt. is looking into the NAFTA situation and I am proud that they had apologised to you. I hope they punish the person or persons who wanted to put you down.

    Please beware of mrs. Clinton, they are very cunning people. They do not care about the poor, needy, hungry, homeless, no health insurance. THEY ONLY CARE ABOUT THEMSELVES. SHE HAS TRIED HEALTH INSURANCE SO MANY TIMES AND HAS FAILED MISERABLY.

    GO BARACK GO.

    March 6, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  19. Blah

    TO those who say "Hillary only netted 10 delegates on Tuesday":

    She did rack up her count in the popular vote though. When Florida and Michigan are counted, Hillary is winning the popular vote. When only Florida is counted, it's roughly 50-50. There goes Obama's argument that the person who has the most delegates AND wins the popular vote should win the nomination.

    How do we settle this one?

    March 6, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  20. anon

    why don't we just appoint whoever raises the most money President?

    March 6, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  21. An Agnostic Democrat

    Nowhere does it indicate he spent this money down to nuthin' like you know who. She had to loan herself (Source please! 2006 tax returns please! Business dealing documentation from Slick Willy please!) enough to get by until her floundering campaign had to beg for money. No one is making a desperate plea from this side. We are donating voluntarily because we BELIEVE in our candidate; not just believe it is his/her turn (or their turn if you must) again or believe in the win-at-any-cost (and insult voters in states where you didn't win and expect them to vote for you again) to get there mantra. Eight years was more than enough first time around, thank you very much! I honestly could not stomach another news cycle with all that is half-truth, spinnin', lyin' and triangulatin'. But that would all depend on what the meaning of "is" is.

    March 6, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  22. Derik, CA

    Logically, you can't win a US presidential election without getting a first taste win of a delegate-rich state.

    Arithmetically, Michigan and Florida are stil not counted. The delegates should be seated.

    Calculatively, who are the other donors? Al-qaeda donate for Obama, obviously.

    March 6, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  23. AUnite

    Clinton supporters can't count or read! I guess hooked on phonics didn't work for you!

    Obama has won 13 of the last 15 primaries/caucuses! He is still leading in the pledged delegates and picked up four more super delegates since March 4 and received more delegates in TX!

    Considering Obama was down 20 points two weeks before March 4 in OH and TX! He did well! The money did help! So don't hate congratulate! No other campaign in history has been able to raise $55,000,000 in one month.

    Get used to saying President Barack Hussein Obama!

    "We are the change we have been waiting for!" Obama

    March 6, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  24. Jeffrey

    The Clinton's are liars and her supporters are shallow minded. Just observe their jubilation after throwing dust into the eyes of voters in TX, OH, RI but didnt work in Vermont. But surely the truth will come to light and every American will know dubios Clinton and her team are. Barack is gonna win in '08 and '12. He is the key to a strong and united America.

    Barrack for the Oval Office

    March 6, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  25. Jim

    At least he did not have to contribute 5 million dollars of his own money to his campaign. Interesting she scratched up 5 million pretty quick and wont release her tax records. Wonder who is paying her bills???? As usual she is bought and paid for just like Bill. Please bring back the Clinton years I want to have another laugh and another cigar!

    March 6, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
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