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. Ginger

    Must be all the money funnelled through Al Quaida

    March 6, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  2. Martha

    Obama is a great leader. He inspires, he motivates, he has conviction and courage. What he's earned is what he's worked hard for and he believes in the power of the people. I support you Obama!

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

    If Obama wins, I'm voting for McCain.

    March 6, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  4. David

    I hate to tell all the Pro Clinton supporters this but.... Obama actually won Texas.

    Simple math people. Add Obama's deligates from the Texas Primary + Caucus and that number is greater than what Hillary had in Texas with both the primary and Caucus.

    Simple math people... really....

    March 6, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  5. Robert, WA

    Thank you all the hillary people for you goofy statements. Hillary won states she WAS EXPECTED TO WIN and TWO WEEKS AGO HAD HUME MARGINS YET SHE only won by small margins.

    In honor of all you "go girl" types I glandly will donate some money to the Obama camp to celebrate your "big wins" (in states you were supposed to win) Thanks!

    March 6, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  6. im4hillary, GA

    CNN, you had a lot to do with it. Are you still campaigning for him or are you trying to get back to be neutral as you supposed to be. I came back after few weeks of boycotting you just to see where you're standing after your (CNN and Obama) lose last Tuesday. You forced me to watch FOX news, which I hated for years, instead. Please report the real issues instead of campaigning for your candidate (Obama) and let me watch your news (which used to be my favorite news channel).

    March 6, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  7. Marsha

    The Clinton campaign spent her donors money on donuts $100K in one week, wow! keep giving so she can get so more donuts and botox!

    March 6, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  8. Ohio Democrat

    He should be ashamed for taking people's money who might need it to feed their children or for housing.

    March 6, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  9. jasmine-az

    @ NEVEROBAMA..... he did show his records..get your facts straight....

    March 6, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  10. Chris

    I guess we should all hope that Obama and Clinton talk about joining forces... If they do not neither one of them has a chance to win in November... If you read all of your comments it seems that all of you keep "saying" you will not vote for the democratic candidate whoever it is... you call yourself a democrat???

    I can not believe that the man that is running on change and talking about unity... is not even willing to talk about uniting the party... if Hillary is so horrible why did she all ready throw it out there... maybe she has come to the conclusion that neither one of them will win enough delegates... If you do the numbers they will end up within a few delegates of each other...

    Democratic party has a mess that they created... they need to sort this out before half of you revolt... the half that supports Clinton or the half that supports Obama...

    March 6, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  11. diamond965

    Remember! Hillary owes herself 5M so what ever she raises has to be netted by 5M.

    March 6, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  12. Sarah

    Jorge from upthread you make an excellent point! Not to mention that all the Huckster supporters will not roll out and vote for McCain in November UNLESS Hillary is on the ticket so that they can vote against her. Why doesn't the HRC camp see this? Obama appeals to republicans and independents. Ohio was a small setback but folks in Ohio are set in their ways if you know what I mean. Ohio's the state that pushed George W. Bush over the top in the presidential election. GO OBAMA!

    March 6, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  13. uncle sam

    Gee, I guess that Oprah made another deposit into Barack's account??

    March 6, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  14. Sorry Iowan

    I'm Obama's age, and I'm a little sick of her belittling MY 24 years of experience in my career. That's a big reason why she is losing and losing BIG among those under 50. Her entire experience is from getting Bill or herself elected. That's a pretty narrow life-focus to consider herself qualified to be President.

    March 6, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  15. Odi

    Why are people dogging Obama because he lost 2 states? Remember he previously won what 11 in a row. What is said is that Hillary had to use her own money to fund her campaign. Experience is nothing if it has led us to the Iraq war.

    March 6, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  16. dilipmeena

    Obama has beaten the democratic system of voting on caucusses as he has learnt how to win the caucusses better than any one else. May be a Harvard lesson he learnt.

    March 6, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  17. Paul

    She won 3 states and is still behind 150+ delegates. The only way she can win is if the super delegates overwhelmingly go for her. She's done with and is in it just for herself, not the democratic party, now. You are all mentioning he lost 3 out of 4 yet fail to notice he was down 20+% just two weeks ago. Ohio and Texas favored Hillary big time with the large Hispanic and low-income families. Everyone also seems to forget he won the 13 prior contests by an average of 17%. Stick a fork in her.

    March 6, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  18. Byron in CA

    Curiou observation how the media is trying to make the connection of how negative press toward Mr. Obama could have made an impact in the elections on March 4th, but still fail to go further to the connection of how they've affected the perception of Hillary and her campaign over the last 3 months with a constant barrage of negative media toward her.

    What is equally as strange is how now it is accepted/encouraged by the media and seems to be the strategy when Mr. Obama goes negative in his campaign, which they and the media have been very critical of Hillary for supposedly doing.

    March 6, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  19. Tiffany

    Proud to be a small part of that number :)

    I love how people point out she won TX & OH, he had been down by something like 20 points to her in the weeks leading up to the primary and managed to close that gap. They also forget to mention the Barack WON lots of states in February; VT, WI, MD, VA, DC, SC, ME, LA, HI, GA, WA. In all he has won 27 of the 41 contests so far, the means she has only won 14. His lead is pretty much insurmountable and she should really consider stepping aside for the good of the party.

    Obama '08!!!

    March 6, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  20. Cris in Texas

    And obama still couln't win ohio and texas??? CNN forgets to mention that he spent that money.

    March 6, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  21. Dee-SC

    Why is it, that you Billary supporters are forgetting that it wasn't even suppose to be competitive in OH or TX...she had a 20% lead and lets not forget, a few republicans voted for her, just to slow Barack down.

    And once the caucus vote is complete in TX, it will be Barack that really comes out on top....and why won't she us her tax returns??

    Oh yeah, CNN...why aren't reporting in the headlines that it was the Clinton campaign that contacted Canada about NAFTA...you guys really have been hoodwinked by Hillary's whining!!

    Obama '08-All the way to White House!!!

    March 6, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  22. Margie in NY

    Jack: Yes, and he is going to get more...since I will be giving again.

    To all my brother and sisters, white/black/hispanic and others, donate the money to Barack's campaign. Get on his website and donate. It is time for us young people to take over the White House. Let's keep the energy and energize Barack's campaign even more. We can do this!!! Yes We Can!!

    Help Barack, McCain intends to bring back the draft! Give up the money!!

    Hola!!

    March 6, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  23. rr

    The caucus in Texas is a big ripoff. In my precinct, no-one even bothered to check our cards to see if we had voted in the Primary. They just said, "Fill this form out, write in your registration number and sign it". The votes were counted by Obama people. If this happened in other precincts and other states, I can see why Obama wins in caucus states! I wouldn't brag about underhanded deals.

    March 6, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  24. Amy, Kazoo

    Let me ask this question of all you:

    when all is said and done, and we have a democratic nominee:

    if it's Obama, will all of the negative Obama supporters here be welcoming the former Clinton supporters to rally around the candidate or will they still be too uneducated, too corrupt, too blind to the "truth" to be welcomed as part of the Democratic party?

    and if it's Clinton, will all of the negative Clinton supporters here be able to find common ground with the Obama supporters or will the Obama supporters be too blinded by the rock star status, too full of hope and short on experience to unite with?

    when will the members of our party quit blaming the CANDIDATES and start taking responsibility for their own divisive actions, their own hate mongering and negativity and unite THEMSELVES? The candidates are going to continue with the back and forth. That's the point of the campaign process. But when will the members of the party drop their stereotypes and their hang ups and come together?

    March 6, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  25. Lilia, from MD

    I am so Glad. It is time for Obama to shine, don be too nice shoved it off. You are too much of a gentleman, know your opponent she is not a lady, although she was the FIRST LADY. Hillary thought she had the upper hand when she rush to publish her contributions for Feb. Only to find out that she had the lower hand......

    All the Hillary supporters, I hope you can get a tax deduction, becuase that is all you are going to get for your money. HILLARY HUCKABEE has a major in MIRACLES, because the math is not there.................

    BYE, BYE HILLARY, SAYONARA, HASTA LA VISTA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    VIVA OBAMA 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 6, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
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