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. Gary

    I used to be an Obama supporter but after TX & OHIO, I realized that he cannot close the deal, cannot win the big Democratic states so I will vote for the candidate who can win the important Blue States who is HILLARY!

    Yes, Obama has the money but at the end, it is the integrity & the qualification of the candidate that matters to the people. Bottomline is HE CANNOT LEAD! Hard decision, but this is for the better. I WILL VOTE for HILLARY!

    March 6, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  2. MickyD10

    Bill and Hillary have owned the Texas vote for years. The face that, altho she eaked out a win, the race was close enough that it isn't so much a big victory for Hillary as it is a case of barely holding on. Had Obama another week ot two on the campaign trail Hillary would have likely lost the state entirely to Obama. Coming up from being 20 points down just two weeks before the vote says more about his momentum than it does about Hillary's scarce win.

    March 6, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  3. marie

    KLM – you make no sense – you support a Democrate but if the one you want doesn't make it then you will vote Republican.. that makes no sense – remember the last 7 years – or are you so nuts, you think Bush has done a great job which McCain wants to continue .. come on ... at least think what you are saying before you actually do it..

    gggeeeezzzzz – the stupidity of some people.. no wonder our country is going to pot..

    March 6, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  4. An Army Veteran

    I'm going to keep on giving $50 every paycheck until he beats Grandpa Munster in the General Election!

    March 6, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  5. Rick

    Geez, Billary wins a couple of states (3 actually) and you'd think she's to only viable candidate. Fact is Billary wrote off a whole bunch of states just to make a stand here, and she was just under 100,000 votes of being written off completely. Not that impressive. At least Obama is contesting all states in accordance with the party rules agreed to by all in advance.

    March 6, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  6. geena

    Vow amazing that shows that country is ready for fresh new direction i guess!!!!!!

    Bill had made so much money after being the x president with all those dealings with foreigners. thats why they dont want their tax records out yet.

    be part of the movement everyone!!!!! its time!!!!!

    lets make history together!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!we can do this

    YES WE CAN!!!!!!!

    March 6, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  7. BBB

    I seem to recall a news report that Hillary had to loan her campaign $5 mill out of her own money?

    Hmmmm.

    March 6, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  8. Drew

    I donated $25, then $50.. but obviously its going to take a lot more. Increase my next online donation to $100, whatever it takes. The money is coming from the people like me, to all Hillary supporters who find this hard to believe, good luck with your candidates special interest groups matching this number.
    The funny thing about this campaign is, I do not vote for Obama to benefit me. I already have health care, his tax cuts will hurt eventually and me but if $175 will get him elected he will be able to provide healthcare to people who really do need it. In the end he will never have to bow to special interest groups such as Gun, Tobacco and Alcohol Lobbyists.

    March 6, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  9. Ken

    After winning 11 in a row and about to knock Hillary out, he lost in both Texas and Ohio after outspent her by 2-1. This is troubling sign if you ask me.

    March 6, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  10. Patricia H - Las Vegas

    Proud white woman over 55 that donates to Senator Obama and will continue to contribute. He is the candidate of choice, the one with integrity, intelligence, experience, and cares more about the American people.

    March 6, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  11. Marc

    All you Hillary supporters are hilarious, give up already. You keep making fun of the fact that Obama only won 1 out of 4 yet you are still a good 100 or so delegates behind. Remember, you only cut into Obamas lead by about 20 . Congrats, big win for you guys! Why don't you look at the numbers before you claim your HUGE 3 state win, especially when the real front-runner is still, well at the FRONT.

    March 6, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  12. The First Born

    Yea!!!!. we MUST donate more!!!!!

    Hello President Obama.

    Help us Obamanize the White House please!

    12 wins out of 15..Can't you all Billary doomies / zombies get that?

    Obama forever like Lincoln!

    March 6, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  13. UCLAdy04

    Hillary supporters have a short memory. It's funny to hear them say "he only one one of 4"...how many did Hillary win post Super Tuesday? 3 out of 15! How many has she won in total? 14 out of 41! But...whatever makes you guys feel better.

    Anyway...Go Obama! I'm glad you Hillary supporters are arrogant now and think this is going to be a breeze. Obama is resilient and he is coming back harder and tougher. Clinton brought up Ken Starr...thanks for opening up a can of worms!

    I donated in January, February, and again Tuesday and today. 1 Million donors strong!

    March 6, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  14. Bryant Lister

    Actually, Obama and Clinton split the states on Tuesday. Clinton won Ohio and Rhode Island, and Obama won Texas and Vermont. Yes, Clinton won the primary portion in Texas, but the caucus portion was won by Obama by a much larger margin. Thus, Obama won more delegates from the state, and in do so doing won the state of Texas. Clinton gained at most 8 delegates from Tuesday's elections, and that increase will easily be cancelled by Wyoming and Mississippi over the next week. So, Clinton is in worse shape now, because there are so few delegates left to be won. By the way, Obama has received at least 7 new superdelegates since Tuesday, while Clinton has received 1.

    March 6, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  15. ARMSTRONG

    SARAH, DO NOT WORRY ABOUT US CONTRIBUTING 55 MILLION DOLLARS TO BARACK OBAMA. WE KNOW WHAT WE ARE UP TO . WE NEED AN HONEST GOOD DECENT MAN TO BE OUR PRESIDENT.

    NOT THE SLEAZE CUNNING WOMAN. TELL HER TO KEEP QUIET.

    NOW I FIND OUT IT WAS ALL MRS. CLINTON AND HER STAFF ARE THE ONES WHO WANTED TO MUDDY UP OBAMA'S NAME REGARDING NAFTA. GO BARACK GO

    March 6, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  16. Renee Las Vegas NV

    Go Obama I'll donate some more as soon as I tell everyone that
    The Rezko trial started and you were NOT ON the witness list !!!!!!

    March 6, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    Funny how all Obama mentions is how much he raised... he neglects to mention:

    1) He spent two times as much as Hillary
    2) And all it got him was a tie

    This guy comes off like a whining crybaby...

    When Obama wins, Hillary congratulates him...
    When Hillary wins, Obama bashes her and calls her wins irrelevant (he's done this everytime she wins something)...

    March 6, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  18. Shawna

    First of all, give credit where credit is due he is making moves...
    So what Hillary won on March 4th, she is still behind in the polls...so take that...

    OBAMA '08

    March 6, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  19. Jay in Arkansas

    This proves the people want Obama...No money was wasted. its not as if Hillary won big. Overall, he is winning and will win the nomination. Ohio had always been in her favor.. She only won Texas a 3percent margin...and how do those two slight wins measure up to his trail of 11 wins. I think the message is clear. Obama is the one. If he does not get the nomination its because he is too good for our corrupt government.

    Yes We Are.

    March 6, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  20. John Burger

    Seems to me if the Democratic Party wanted to end this fight they could do so today...

    Solution: John Edwards and his 23 pledged delgates

    If John would come out and endorse Barack Obama, his lead would be that much larger, and it would allow cover for super delegates to go to his side....then they could put him over the top.

    This would be well within the rules and be fair.

    Nobody is reporting this angle...John Edwards holds the key from keeping the Democrats from tearing the party apart...ad it is the responsible thing to do....standing aside is standing for the Republicans.

    Florida and Michigan would be side stories...

    March 6, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  21. Clinton 's Texas Myth

    8% of the Texas vote that Clinton received was from REPUBLICANS!!!! Guess how many votes that turns out to be...a little more than 100,000....

    She beat Obama in the primary by 3%, or a little more than 100,000...

    Hmmmm....does any one see anything eyecatching here...

    Maybe Limbaugh and Coulter have a little more influence than we give them credit for....

    Just some food for thought...

    March 6, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  22. Annamica, OH

    Rod: LMAO...Hillary pretty must lost TX and Ohio, winning nearly is not even a win?

    I guess the giants didn't really win the superbowl then?

    I can't believe CNN actually posted something like this. This is just one piece of evidence of the blindness and stupidity of some Obama supporters.

    March 6, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  23. Bayou Joe

    Republicans are sending money to Obama. They want him to be the nominee and not Hillary. It is easier to beat someone with little experience and questionable connections than someone like Hillary that has been fighting for the little people since God knows when.
    I think she was working in the Goldwater campaign, so that would put it about 40 years. She looks good for 70.

    March 6, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  24. Jen

    FOLKS ARE JUST WASTING THEIR MONEY

    OBAMA THINKS HE CAN BUY VOTES?

    THANK YOU OHIO AND TEXAS FOR VOTING FOR HILLARY.

    GO HILLAY!

    March 6, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  25. Tim

    You failed to mentioned the Obama campaign spent 47 million on Texas ,Ohio and Rhode Island outspending Clintion 4-1 and still lost .
    Goes to show voters are starting wake up and looking for someone to deliver rather than inspire .
    CLINTON 2008

    March 6, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
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