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

    THERE ARE NO CAUCUSES IN NOVEMBER.

    March 6, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  2. Jay

    We the people have spoken...

    GO OBAMA!!!

    Yes we can...

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

    Two to one against Senator Clinton, but still lost. What a pity way to waste money.

    March 6, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  4. Randy - Denver

    I LOVE the line that Mr. Obama still managed to lose Texas and Ohio after outspending Ms. Clinton 2 to 1. Such an interesting take on the reality of the situation. Let me start by saying that yes Mr. Obama did lose Texas and Ohio and even Rhode Island and only managed to win Vermont, good job for the fans of Ms. Clinton, however, befroe they get all cocky they should remember that less than a month ago Ms. Clinton was leading in the Texas polls by slightly over 20% and in the Ohio polls by slightly under 30%. I would say, based on the polls, he spent that money well, he still leads her by over 100 pledged delegates and is closing in on her superdelegate lead quickly, she has about a 90 delegate deficiet she has to make up, to see how nearly impossible this is there is a delegate counter on slate that can show you.

    March 6, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  5. mona

    Hehehe......well i guess it just goes to prove even with all that money and Oprah...he still couldn't win in Texas and Ohio.

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

    Yikes, the gloating and negativity of Obama's supporters has really hurt the democratic party. They continually attack both Senator Clinton's and her husband's character while refusing to look closer at their own candidate. If she is indeed the candidate to run against McCain, your efforts may have delivered the presidency to the Republicans. I know my choice for president isn't perfect but she's the best we've got and has demonstrated through a lifetime of public service her commitment to America. Can Obama say the same? I do admire his ability to raise money, I guess, and his speeches, albeit void of substance, are delivered well.

    March 6, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  7. enomisa

    Since when is raising a disgusting amount of money just to blow it on a campaign, admirable? People are starving out there. Can you imagine what you could do with that money?

    Why don't the wealthy Obama supporters just send that money somewhere where it is needed and can do some good? AFRICA comes to mind as a noble cause. Yes, you COULD!

    You all really are young and have no wisdom.

    I notice the Obama supporters really insult anyone with a different opinion. They call Clinton Supporters stupid and ignorant and uneducated.

    Funny, but most of the Clinton supporters are the parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and siblings of the Obama supporters.

    So you insult the very people who loved you and nurtured you and educated you. Obviously education is no substitute for intelligence and common sense.

    Obama supporters epitomize and illustrate the saying: THE DUMBING DOWN OF AMERICA.

    March 6, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  8. Cathy

    The other 10 million came from OPRAH. But that's ok right??

    March 6, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  9. Liberal

    Blah blah, so Obama is a sore loser with money? That's quite an image.

    March 6, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  10. Dena NJ

    Way to go!!!
    As a college student I dont have much but I did contribute a little as did many of my friends!!
    We are republicans but we want to see CHANGE and we believe Obama is the one that can unite and lead us in a new direction.

    Hang in there Obama and don't let these politicians bring you down!!

    March 6, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  11. Andrienne

    I am very proud to have made history by being one of the many first-time donors to the Obama campaign in February!

    Obama is a breath of fresh air. He is exactly what we need in this country. New blood.

    OBAMA 2008!!!!!!!!!!!!

    OBAMA 2008!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 6, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  12. Nick

    Imagine so many disappointed Obama supporters in November. More than 50% of Hillary voters will vote McCain if she is not the nominee...
    American people are not going to be impressed by Chicago style politics ( a lot of "wind", corruption), no substance..

    March 6, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  13. Michael

    oh no! Obama has been waving his magic wand again!! making everyone give him money!!
    ahh save us Hillary!!!!

    March 6, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  14. Basquale

    To all Hillary supporters: She didn't win Texas! She won the primary but the caucus is still counting and so far Obama is leading. So shut up!

    March 6, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  15. JF

    Spent 45 million of it and... wait for it.... kept her from getting any delegates out of states in which she had a HUGE lead only 2 weeks prior.

    OBAMA WINS.

    March 6, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  16. Wes

    He spent all that money and couldn't win Texas and Ohio. More like he spent all that money to close Hillary's so called lead over the course of the last few weeks leading up to the primary, which is why she went dirt ditch negative on him.

    Last checked Obama was leading in the Texas Caucus still being counted-up...which means Obama would leave Texas with more delegates, technically winning Texas, according to Democratic Party procedure...look it up people.

    March 6, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  17. Jaclyn

    All those Hillary lovers forget about her 12, let me say that again, 12 LOSSES IN A ROW. Oh that's right I remember, those contests don't really count because unless she wins, then for a variety of reasons that state doesn't really matter. Lucky for Texas they pulled through because Camp Hillary was getting ready to discredit that state, too. I hope all you Hillary lovers bask in your "momentum." Congratulations on your netted 9 delegates, I guess that leaves about 141 pledged delegates just for you to catch up.

    March 6, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  18. Annamica, OH

    Money can only get you so far Sen. Obama. As Ohio goes, the nation goes!

    March 6, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  19. AaronV

    I am happy to see all these Obama fans see through the latest Clinton Spin Campaign Tactics. Hillary will lose because she doesn't have this type of support.

    I am another proud donor to Barack Obama. College student donating $20 whenever I can.

    FYI TO BOTH SIDES: The media is relishing in it's ability to influence voters. Don't be a victim! Use your own brain.

    March 6, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  20. enomisa

    OBAMA supporters you demonstrate what they mean when they say: THE DUMBING DOWN OF AMERICA

    March 6, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  21. MyMy

    Maybe I'm missing something but I don't understand how trying to win by outspending your opponent, going negative (which is not new as the Ohio flyers were definitely negative), accepting money and support from unions (which are definitely a special interest group) or spinning everything is a change in politics. Not that I don't think that there's a lot to the positive/change message, I just don't see the talk being walked.

    Old style politics is old style politics no matter what words it's wrapped in. I really wish that politics would change but I don't believe that they will from within. Let's remember that MLK drove change from outside of Washington politics not from within the political machine.

    March 6, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  22. JB, Boston

    It is amazing how all the Clintonistas have changed the rules of the game. HILLARY CLINTON DID NOT WIN THE OTHER DAY.

    SHE NETTED 5 DELEGATES. Stick a fork in her, she is cooked!

    March 6, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  23. Hillary and Hillary Only

    This money didn't help in OH and TX, did it? And, stop... people who are saying Obama is leading delegate point but this doesn't mean he can or will win. Here is why

    1) A democratic candidate needs 2024 to be a norminee but both Hillary and Obama could short of that number. And hence, no one can be nominee without that number even when one is leading more delegate number than the other.

    2) This is because DNC didn't count FL and MI. Remember, Hillary won in both states big. At one point, they have to come back and redo something in both states.

    3) In fact, the winner in swing states (FL, PA, OH) matters. Those 3 states can't be counted as republican or democratic states in general elections and hence, whoever winning in those states will win in general election.

    4) If you have winner-take-all policy, Sen Clinton will be nominee by now as Sen McCai.

    March 6, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  24. Boye

    What the Billary fanclub doesn't realize is, money doesn't buy votes. You don't realize the contrast between the Obama and the Clinton campaign. Obama's has an emphasis on donors (we the people), while Billary focuses on the dollar dollar bills. Obama did not start off on an even plain in Ohio and Texas, he had an overwhelming disadvantage but managed to close that gap considerably.

    NEWS FLASH TO HILLARY SUPPORTERS: If you don't reside in California, Texas, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, or Michigan, you are irrelevant (irrelevant being the keyword here).

    March 6, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  25. Ted K.

    Hardly suprising he raised that much money when most of his funding is coming from the middle east.... Be careful what you're electing America !!!!

    March 6, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
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