March 6th, 2008
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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. bernj

    It seems to me that folks are forgetting something very important here. If Hillary Clinton is "picked" as the nominee there is no way she will win in November. The only way she will be the nominee is if she is in fact "picked" by the superdelegates. That would be suicide for the Democratic Party.

    Pride is one thing but common sense is what is needed now. Hillary Clinton's negative, race bating, republican -like tactics will already leave a significant scar for many of Democrats. If Obama is not the nominee we will have at least another 4 years of republican rule. There is simply no way around it.

    Every superdelegate should commit now for Obama and save the party and, by extension, the country.

    March 6, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  2. LB, Virginia

    I am so proud of you, Senator Obama!! I am honored (unlike that woman who is supposed to be a candidate also) to be a part of this great movement. We are one million strong: young, old, white, black, brown, asian! I am over 50 white, wealthy, feminist, and female. I live in the DC metro area and we are SICK of Hillary's antics. All my friends are with you too!! we are happy to donate and we will put you over the top!! Keep on fighting!! YES WE CAN!

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

    Wow! That's HUGE. To all you Clintonistas, that money bought him huge gains where he had been down by 20 points or more in some states. He may not have won them all but what did Clinton win? 10-15 delegates? LMAO! What, that's it??? Some comeback! The super delegates for him keep on rolling in since Tuesday almost wiping out her gains since then. It seems his investments are paying off more than hers wouldn't you agree?

    "We are the ones we have been waiting for"
    -Obama

    March 6, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  4. Sabrina, Las Vegas, NV

    WTG Obama!

    I'm proud I gave to the campaign...

    Now,heres a little advice. Hillary has no problem spinning the truth, when it's about you. So, start hitting her back with all the documented facts and scandals,that she's involved in. ASAP!

    March 6, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  5. bakersfield

    if you have ever raised kids you know that you have to tell them a hundred times and they still have to learn the hard way. the older folks are trying to tell the younger ones again the question is will we all have to learn the hard way. all politicans are crooked in some way and besides that what was the clintons ever found guilty of besides improving everybodies living standards in the 90's.

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

    Can all the Hillaridiots remember that although Obama lost Texas, he won't a majority of the delegates. Hillary and Obama's winnings on Tuesday pretty much canceled each other out. Not to mention he is stepping up in superdelegates. Wyoming here we come! Obama is the man for the job. BARACK OBAMA 2008

    March 6, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  7. It's all politics

    Why do Hillary supporters think he wasted his money? He had to spend more money he was challenging her big lead in those states. He will emerge from Texas with more delegates. He managed to cut her significant double digit margins in OH and TX from just a couple of weeks ago. Hillary will net 4-12 delegates from Tuesday. That gain will be erased after the caucus/primary in WY and MS. The math isn't there folks. Read Jonathan Alters new article in Newsweek on just how it ain't gonna happen for Hillary. Sorry folks. God don't like ugly. Hillary's campaign has been real ugly.

    March 6, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  8. Cindy

    Now Hillary PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS!!!!

    OBAMA'S comes clean, nothing to hide.... So where are your tax returns Hillary???????!!!

    Yeah he's a FIGHTER as well!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Obama for President!

    March 6, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  9. Candi

    I totally agree with Jorge. I'm an Obama girl all the way. If by some chance Hillary and Mcain are my choices for a president, I'm moving to Canada.

    March 6, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  10. Billary

    Hillary is a lying cheatin theif. i say screw her and good ol boy Jonny Mcfakin..

    If Hilldawg gets the nom, im voting Nader..

    March 6, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  11. Chris, SC

    The amount of money he has raised relates to the will of the people who desire change. We don't need a candidate like Hillary who is polarizing and attacks Obama on his speaking abilities. We all have gifts and talents. What matters is what we do with them. We all must ask ourselves what are we doing with the talents we're given. He has decided to use his talent to help others and inspire others that it takes the people to alter the future course with this country. Hillary, refrain from attacking Obama on his speaking ability and ask yourself, what talents or gifts are you using to improve our lives. She speaks of having a president for the well off and well connected for 7 years and now wants to be a president for her constituents. Obama considers his constituents to be the people of this country......meaning everyone.
    He speaks of being our brothers and sisters keeper and thats what we should be doing. Instead so many are consumed of self. It's time to end this you're on your own mentality.

    Obama 08!!!

    March 6, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  12. OBAMA!!!

    OBAMA! Hillary won in terms of numbers on Tuesday, but made NO dent in the delegate race. It was a net gain of 4. That is nothing meaningful. Who cares that Texas is a big state, she didn't win it by enough. There are many states to go- states that count even though they are small. Don't discount the little states, and don't discount little people. Clinton claims she fights for the little people, when really she just walks all over them.

    i don't want another dirty politican running my country

    OBAMA '08

    March 6, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  13. Big Dee

    Hillary can't win TX or Ohio in the general election, and check the caucus in TX. Why does Obama continue to extend his lead in the caucus count?

    March 6, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  14. Independent for Obama

    Bring on Mississippi and Wyoming. We can easily erase those ten-or-so delegates that Mrs. Clinton netted on Tuesday.

    @Jenny: Obama is raising this from people like you and me: average folk. I know at least 5 people who have chipped in a couple bucks here and there for Obama. None of us had ever donated to a campaign before.

    Obama '08

    March 6, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  15. T, California

    Obama is raising a lot of money but where is it coming from. Also, with everything that Mr. Bush is leaving behind when he leaves the WhiteHouse next year, do you really want our Commander is Chief who has no experience in charge of our country, I don't. Experience counts in my book.

    By the way we can't have someone in office who buckles under pressure and can't answer a question when he doesn't have his advisors present. Tell me something new Oboma, i sure hope you can walk you talk. It takes more than words to be the leader of this great country. And no you are no JFK and Michelle is no Jackie!!!!

    Come on People, lets be smarter this election than the last two elections. I was one of the smart people that didn't vote for BUSH.

    Mr. McCain means 4 years of Bush.

    March 6, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  16. bwlib

    Excellent! And now the only thing that's helped Hillary even raise her $35 million in Feb. is copying Obama's ingenious fundraising methods...from the bottom up instead of her elitist/old fashion top down version. She even says "Yes we will" now...And I'm to believe that she's the one with experience? As for as Texas and Ohio go...it's a victory for Obama to even lose within 20 points in Ohio since that's not his support base and its also says alot for him to only lose by 3 pts in Texas wherein her so-called Hispanic base was to do so well. Remember that in Texas only 18% of Afr.-Am. voted so clearly a lot of hispanics, Republicans, Independents and whites must have also voted for him. Two weeks early, he was trailing Clinton by double-digits and within a short period, he almost beat her in the polls and is likely to beat her in the final Texas Caucus. Also, Americans should be weary of giving there White House to two political dynasties so easily. Clinton loses 12 states and all of a sudden the race is new and the only test that matters is Pennsylvania where she also has a natural support base much like Ohio? Obama will just need to do respectably in Penn. because he would still have won Wyoming, Miss., and North Carolina in the coming weeks. You all act as though Cali, NY, NY, Conn, etc. wouldn't already be blue states regardless of the candidate. Obama is showing that some other states may actually go from red to blue. JFK didn't win Ohio and neither did some others.

    March 6, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  17. CB

    Betcha By Golly WOW, 55 million dollars all given with no strings attached by the common people across this great nation. That should say a lot for the man who stands to unite the American people and not divide them. The republicans surely are looking at the campaign contributions to the Dem's with fear. Hillary did well with 35 million, but come on the BIG "O" is the people's choice. In the end there can be only one, MAY IT BE BARACK OBAMA!

    March 6, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  18. gregg45

    jorge, sorry to burst the obamafog wrapped around your head and others,, i am one of the most democratic people in this state ,, i started with jimmy carter in 76 , i was 12 years old,,, in nc,,, thinking to my self , what a great party to work for,,,,, sorry, if the pied piper of chicago wins,,, for the first time in my adult life,,, i will vote republican,,, how that may seem to others, that is my choice..........as it goes against every thing i have ever believed ,, but no snake oil peddler will recieve my most valuable thing that was given to me by my family from the year 1776 to the present,,, they have fought in every war , my right to vote,,,,,,,,,,,, as to klm ,, to each choice we will have made,,, let us hope it was chosen wisely.......greg bosworth,, pinehurst nc

    March 6, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  19. Debby

    Big deal the money didn't help him on Tuesday.

    March 6, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  20. Jack, CT

    Wow, the Hilary supporters in here are exactly the politics I despise. I also like the fact that the majority of that money is coming from small time donors, people like me. Remember, the people who the candidate represents are the people who give the money. Wonder where Hillary gets her money from? I pick Obama because I agree with him on more issues, and I really don't like the campaign Hillary is running. But whats up with this Hillary's supporters IN YOUR FACE kind of attitude?

    March 6, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  21. Mr. T

    Power of the People.

    March 6, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  22. Tony

    Hillary wins 3 states after Losing 12 in a row and some of you idiotic hillary supporters are acting like A) she is still behind on popular votes B) still behind on pledged delegates and C) has no chance of winning the nomination and D) the fact that more regular americans are contributing more than the big businesses are to her means WE STILL HAVE THE MAJORITY.

    End of Game

    OBAMA 08

    March 6, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  23. Dave

    Rod that is matched ! And I'll raise you a $ 100.00

    March 6, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  24. Mike

    Someone has to point out to all these nasty Clinton supporters on here who don't know how to act grown up and mature that

    YOUR CANDIDATE IS STILL LOSING. BIG. Her wins on Tuesday did nothing to tighten the delegate count. NOTHING. Obama will largely make up those loses in the next two contests. Grow up please. And read some more news so you can be better informed.

    March 6, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  25. Dennis in IA

    Jenny, this money is from all of us voters that "don't matter" the small people of the world that can give their $5, $10, $20. This is the first campaign I have donated to because I believe in him and that WE can bring the government back to the common people. I am a white 43 yr old male, making under $60,000 combined income and have donated $50 to his campaign, can I afford it – no, but my family knows he will bring our country together instead of polarizing it if Billary gets in! Obama 08!

    March 6, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
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