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. Anonymous

    Hillary Clinton was leading in Both Texas and Ohio two weeks ago. Obama closed the gap significantly in a record amount of time. Remember Obama still have the lead in delegates regardless of Hillary's slight victorie in Texas.

    March 6, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  2. Questionable

    Does anyone else wonder where this unheard of person comes up with all of this money??? Something to think about...

    March 6, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  3. John, Kansas City, MO

    Why are all you Clinton supporters so angry at Obama? I think you are really just republicans in disguise.

    March 6, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  4. Melanie

    Oh yeah! She has won three states against the 12 Obama won since super tuesday! Big deal! The next states he will too, and then what are you going to say ? CNN is supporting Obama again (that comment is becoming a bit old).... We will not vote for him if he is the nominee, blah blah blah.
    Let's be fair here. she did well in the last three wins but he's still ahead....

    March 6, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  5. Rick, Maryland

    So what does that prove, he's still got people in dreamland.

    March 6, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  6. EJS

    Wow amazing how former Clinton Military Officers and ARM CHAIR Generals are rallying behind Hillary CLINTON. It wouldn't be for selfish self-centered reasons would it?

    March 6, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  7. Wayne

    55 Million from small donors. This has got to be a repudiation of the Clintons. People are tired of the Bush and Clinton years. Clearly Americans want a new direction. Obama won Texas. Primary 51-48 Clinton, Caucus 56-44 Obama..end result. Obama NETS 3 more delegates the Clinton. He will win the next two states and extend his delegate lead. Clinton's only hope is for party insiders to overturn the will of the people. That's been her strategy from the start. Dem establishment for Clinton, Majority of American people for Obama.

    Ohio and Tx are rich in Hillary's base of poor, uneducated whites and non english speaking latinos. Obama 's base is everyone else.

    March 6, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  8. joe

    AND EVEN WITH ALL THAT MONEY...OBAMA STILL LOST!!!!

    LESSON: MONEY CANNOT BUY VOTES....SUBSTANCE AND

    EXPERIENCE DOES!!!!

    OBAMA YOU SHOULD HAVE WAITED, LEARNED, HAD A RECORD

    OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND THEN RAN FOR PRES...BUT

    YOUR EGO TOOK OVER

    HILLARY 08 HILLARY 08 HILLARY 08.......A PROVEN RECORD

    March 6, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  9. gloria

    and, he still lost in ohio, texas, r.i. hmmmmmmmmmmm!! guess the voters weren't impressed with his earnings.

    March 6, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  10. Mimi

    I will continue to donate to his campaign until he becomes President.

    These Hillary voters puzzle me with their spin on her winning 3 states. Yeah she won 3 and he won 13. Now if I do the math, Obama won more. Also, if these Hillary supporters can read they will also notice that their beloved Hillary is still behind in the overall popular vote and delegates, so chew on that apple.

    By the way, Obama was a big enough person to congratulate Hillary. Why wasn't she a big enough person to do the same when he claimed 13 states???

    OBAMA IN 08–all the way to the White House!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 6, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  11. Frits van de Sande

    How ignorant it sounds from those Clinton supporters when they claim Obama did outspent them 2 to 1 or whatever. Is there even the slightest doubt that if Hillary had the money she would not use it???

    March 6, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  12. Amstrokay

    That is your problems, Jack. You have been singing his praise so much forgotten that he has zero experience.

    March 6, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  13. ClintonStrong

    Raise more money..Its o.k..You still couldn't win TEXAS, OHIO, RIsland, and not to mention FLORIDA...or California..Hahhah

    March 6, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  14. AISHA

    WOW,,,,,,,,,,,55 MILLION AND STILL LOST ,LOOSER

    BARACK HUSSIEN OBAMA,,,,,,,,,,,,MONEY CAN,T BUY VOTES

    GO HILLARY

    March 6, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  15. Sakina

    Why did you devote one sentence to this, when you gave HRC, with half as much $$, an ample amount of press time with a photo?

    I flipping dare you to post this since you've censored all of my posts over the past three weeks.

    March 6, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  16. MR

    The fact that Tuesday is considered a loss for Obama in any circle is nuts.
    HE CLOSED A 20 POINT GAP IN 3 WEEKS!!

    Spending that money was well worth it. :D

    March 6, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  17. Paul

    One ignorant comment after another.

    When has Barack lied? Whey wont Hillary release her tax returns?

    Hillary = Politics of old, fear mongering ads, outrageous below the belt attacks, distortion of the truth, flip flopping on issues. Get real allready, we dont need one more second of this childish behavior.

    March 6, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  18. angela

    Hilliary comes from the same old people, saying the same old trash talk, on the same old negative campaign with the same old results. Trashing others to win is a reflection on who YOU are not who he is. GO OBAMA!! I definitely will be sending another contribution to his campaign..

    March 6, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  19. useyourbrain

    Good job with the fundraising Obama. Problem is that if the kind of outlandish mudslinging we've seen continues, both Democratic candidates will be so tainted with sleaze (real and imagined) that even Nader could beat either of them by November. Obama I'm sorry you've decided to follow Clinton down the attack path – it's going to repel many of your supporters, myself included. Thanks Hillary for reminding me of the whole impeachment saga by comparing Obama to Kenn Starr. If you get the nomination, I'm voting for Nader (I could never bring myself to vote Republican but thank God there are other options this year). At least I can thank him for seatbelts, work safety standards and the minimum wage. What did your "35 years of experience" do for me? Ugh!

    March 6, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  20. Tim

    You Hillary supporters are so naive. OBAMA IS STILL WINNING BY 140 PLEDGED DELEGATES! SHE ONLY HAS PENNSYLVANIA LEFT! you can follow her spin like the sheep that you are, but it doesn't matter! Every pundit said she needed HUGE wins in OH and TX, and she did NOT get HUGE wins. Yeah, of course she is going to act like she is now the frontrunner, but anybody with a BRAIN can see that she has a LONG way to come.

    Dean said this morning that Florida and Michigan will NOT be seated, which was Clinton's only hope, and even if they were, it would still be a long shot. There is no way that she can come within even 100 delegates of Obama, and the superdelegates will NOT over turn the popular demand for Obama. Two states don't make a difference after Obama won 11 straight.

    Go ahead, bask in your glory while it lasts, but the truth is, I will be basking in the glory of an Obama presidency for the next 8 years!

    Obama 08 12!!!

    March 6, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  21. Ken

    Even with all that money and spending 2 to 1 over Hillary, he still lost Texas, Ohio. Plus he is also already trying to get out of the deal he signed that if McCain takes the "public funding" that he would do the same. Changing the rules that he said he would do.

    I cannot believe that there are so many blind people following the "Pied Piper"

    WAKE UP AMERICA! Let us ALL get behind Hillary and get her elected into the white house as our NEXT President. I want someone that can make the changes verses someone that is ALL TALK.

    Hillary Clinton our NEXT President!

    March 6, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  22. JD

    Hillary had that huge financial and establishment lead, and is still hopelessly trailing in the delegate race.

    March 6, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  23. Jackie

    Obama raised $55 million in February and won 24 of 33 primaries... He also won 2 of 4 on March 5 (take a look at the final delegate returns from the Texas caucuses and primaries).

    If you are simple enough to just address the March 5th primaries (and ignore the 11-event winning streak and the Texas Caucus) then you are supporting the candidate with the most appeal to simple people.

    March 6, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  24. Greg

    Gonzales LA

    Obviously, three recent victories doesn't mean anything if you'll losing the war. HRC did win tuesday, but she's no closer to catching him than before this all began. He's beating her in delegates, primaries, and more money raised.

    March 6, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  25. huh?

    Kathy why do you care if a comic strip writer has donated to hillary? That is about the lamest thing I've ever heard.

    How mucn money do you think Oprah forked over to Obama?

    March 6, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
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