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. yael

    And this is the man that wants election reform???

    He forces others to continue to raise more and more just to match a third or half of his advertising.

    What would this near $100,000,000 raised have done for real causes?
    He talks of waste in Washington as he campaigns like money is limitless and throw-away. Perhaps it is for him.

    But not for working Americans.

    Great reform, there. Great economics there. Great for the people there.

    He inspires. He incites. He divides. He spends. and spends. and spends.
    Perhaps he is the second coming, perhaps his spending alone will spend us out of this recession.

    March 6, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  2. Dina

    I can vouch for this, I was one of the first time contributors in February and I will continue to contribute to his campaign. Barack will prevail!!!! Hillary can't same the same for her fundraising methods!!! Barack Obama, the next President of the United States!!!

    March 6, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  3. 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 |
  4. JOHNBoy

    I guess it is SILLY season in politics.
    I'm switching sides people.

    The new age politician, the agent of change turns out to outspend everyone in history just to buy himself the nomination.
    I guess his own page and chapter in history is worth the money- especially when the cult idiots keep throwing it at him.

    Why don't you all pick a charity to donate it to?
    AFRICA could use it better than her African son, Obama, who is already a millionaire.

    March 6, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  5. Johnny Boy

    Hillary=McCain Lite

    Same ol song and dance.

    OBAMA 08

    bush clinton bush clinton.. HELL NO

    JUST SAY NO TO ELITE SCUBAGS LIKE BUSH AND CLINTON!

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

    All you Hillary folks need to realize that Tuesday was the "Beginning of The End" for her campaign. After all the delegates were counted, Obama WON Texas, and will win both WY and MS this week.

    There are not enough delegates left on the table for Clinton to make up the difference. I hope you enjoyed the party Tuesday, though.

    March 6, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  7. Nisha

    How fast everyone forgets that Hillary lost 12 in a row. He lost three states and not by much. Even with the big states that she won, Obama is still whipping her behind with the wins from the smaller states.

    March 6, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  8. Annamica, OH

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

    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 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  9. Frank

    THE POWER OF THE POEPLE !!! WE ARE MANY !!!

    Visit barackobama.com and make any small contribution you can afford. Join us, be part of the movement !

    March 6, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  10. Dave

    "So how much did Oprah contribute to that?"

    Oprah can only give as much as the rest of us can. Being on TV does not somehow entitle you go contribute more than someone else. The most she could have given was $2300 for the primary...I guess the other $54,997,700 must have come from someone else.

    Contributions are in the public record. If you really want to know, look it up.

    Unlike Clinton, Obama does not take money from lobbyists. How about you ask Clinton how much of her money came from them?

    How about you ask Clinton to release her tax returns? Aren't you curious where she got the $5 million she lent to her campaign?

    March 6, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  11. Obama for President

    And who do you think STOLE his fundraising strategy???? None other than Ms. "I can do better than him" Clinton. Yep, he's got the smarts and judgement I'm looking for in a President!!!!!!!

    ....And oh yeah Hillary, he's a fighter also, you're not the only who can claim that!

    March 6, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  12. Jayhawk34

    Dear Hillary Clinton supporters,
    while you were out (this past month), you failed to notice a substantial deficit in the delegate count. That being said, now would be a good time to return from vacation back to reality.

    Gracias

    March 6, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  13. Obama's Delegate Problem

    Hillary Clinton shut down Obama's momentum this week. It appears that Obama is finding it difficult to get a grip on his campaign.

    Obama is short of realizing that it is not possible for him to secure enough delagates to win the Democrat nomination.

    Obama tries his best to "up one" on Clinton, but fails to acknowledge that the Republicans did not "whisper" as he previosly bosted about.

    Obama has many questions that still need answering, such as: What has Obama done while in Senate to bring Democrats and Republicans together?

    March 6, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  14. rr

    And how many people in the US are starving and homeless and people hate giving them handovers?? If individuals have that much to donate, why are so many crying about the economy. Maybe the money's not coming from individuals???

    March 6, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  15. Obamaman

    I'm with you KLM Hillary has truly lost my support from her crying who got what pillows from the media, who gets the first question, black folks and Irs fillings. I'm a registered republican and have voted that way since I was 18, except for Bush's 2000 stealection (smile), but I'm voting for Obama this go around because the man has substance and character and desire to implement change with the help of the American people and thats the kind of leadership we need Simple and Plain. And isnt it Ironic that a man who can bring america together is of a mixed heritage that says something about America, speaks to what we really stand for here.

    Obama 08 ..........Si Se Puede "Yes we can"

    March 6, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  16. diamond965

    Hello all you Hillary supporters, last time I checked the delegate count Obama was ahead. Hillary would have to basically win all the remaining states by extremely large margins to obtain the lead and that isn't likely to happen, so GO OBAMA!

    March 6, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  17. Nadeem

    WOW

    Any unlike Hillary he did it with no money from Lobbyiest!

    March 6, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  18. Christian, Tampa FL

    I contributed $25 of that.

    March 6, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  19. Tony83702

    The numbers are still in Barack's favor. Hillary needs to maintain a 56% minimum win rate in every remaining primary to erase her delegate deficit, while Barack only needs to maintain 46% to keep hios advantage. In other words, he could lose every primary from now until the convention by 4% or less and he'd still be #1 going into the convention.

    GO BARACK!!!!!

    March 6, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  20. Puddytat

    YOU PEOPLE THAT WANT CHANGE ... WHAT KIND OF CHANGE ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT ... BESIDES SKIN COLOR ? ? ? ? ...OR

    DON'T YOU EVEN KNOW ? ? ? ?

    AND IF YOU DO ??? HOW WILL IT HAPPEN ?

    WHERE IS THIS SO CALLED CHANGE LEADING US ? ... THE POOR HOUSE ?

    YES WE CAN ! sounds so pretty .
    (((YES WE CAN WHAAAAT ?)))

    Change ? (((CHANGE WHAAAAT !!!)))
    MAKE YOUR CANDIDATE EXPLAIN THINGS.

    Don't just schlep along behind him in a stooper !

    March 6, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  21. Adiam48

    This shows that Barack Obama is better at handling money and finances. He would be able to get us ( the U. S.) out of the financial crisis that we are in.

    Audrey
    Surprise, AZ

    March 6, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  22. Cory from PA

    This clearly shows who the people want to be the democratic nominee. It's so sad to see that the only reason why Hillary one Texas & Ohio is because she used scare tactics & double talked her way through every position.

    I seriously hope Obama wins every primary from here on out.

    NO MORE HILLARY (sorry, felt like I had to use caps since all the Hillary supporters have done so previously)

    March 6, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  23. Matt

    Ha, too bad he couldn't win TX and OH with all that money. Won't do him any good in PA either!

    I imagine a lot of disgruntled parents getting obscene credit card bills from their college age kids.

    March 6, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  24. D

    The hysterics raised by the Omamafia have contributed to him raising record amounts of money – yet he is still managing to lose despite pounding the public with ads touting 'change, hope, future, vision'. Haven't any of you ever noted that he does not say things first – he says them AFTER others say them, or only RESPONDS to what others say.... he is not a leader, folks. He is the type of person that would be merely a figurehead. That's not what we need when we are in such crisis as a country. WE NEED LEADERSHIP. Can't any of you read body language? He is a HUGE megalomaniac... haven't you watched him BASK in the applause? Well, those of you who feel he should not worry... watch his body language during his speech after losing Ohio... he was ANGRY. He did not expect to lose, and he took it very badly. My family has lived in this country, fought for this country, died for this country. My husband is currently stationed in Iraq – his second over one year tour in the last few years. (This one is 15 months total.) We remember the Clinton years... and we are BOTH voting Clinton, no matter what – as is every single member of our rather large military families.

    March 6, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  25. April Showers

    Not sure where Hillary's money is really going because if you look at the two candidates and the distribution of the "Popular Vote":

    Obama has won 14 states already with 60% or more of the "Popular Vote" in these states: (MD, IL, GA, DC, VA, WA,HI, NE, MN, AK, ID, KS, ND, and CO)

    Versus

    Hillary has only won 1 state with 60% or more of the "Popular Vote" in this state: Arkansas (only).

    March 6, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
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