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. mik

    Hillary><Mcain = Nobama

    March 6, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  2. Laura Dorsey-Elson

    For those people who post such insulting and shamefully disrespectful messages bashing Obama and even Clinton...GROW UP please. I have children under 5 years old who know more about expressing themselves without disrespecting another than some of you.

    I am also a loyal Barack Obama supporter and I see no need to say anything rude about Hillary Clinton or her supporters. I know who I want in the White House and my focus is on making that happen.

    Let's keep things civil.

    March 6, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  3. dm, pittsburgh

    I find extremely amusing that all the Clinton supporters come on here an mock Obama by saying that even though he raised and spent all this money, he still couldn't win. The reason it's funny is that he IS WINNING. Hillary gained 8 delegates! As a result, Obama is still considerably ahead or Senator Clinton. The fact that many of her supporters are hung up on the results of this past Tuesday speaks to their nearsightedness. Please continue to tell the man in the lead and who has won the most states, as well as the popular vote, that the money did not help him win.

    March 6, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  4. Erin, NY, NY

    one of those proud contributors...

    and our money was put to good use– hillary netted less than 10 delegates on Tuesday!

    March 6, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  5. Bob

    Actually Adam, Theresa, Aisha:

    Hillary won in rural areas while Obama won the more populated urban areas. And don't forget that Clinton focused her entire attention on Texas and Ohio while Obama was pounding the pavement to sweep primaries in 11 states by considerable margins. So, while you may be entrenched in your candidate, don't make the mistake of selling an achievement short just because you don't like it. Clinton's firewall only stays up if she had won with a greater margin. She simply did not accomplish that and once again, Obama won the urban vote and garnered more of the delegates. And Clinton can't play the "Obama only wins red states and they don't matter" card because she just won Texas... and the rural parts at that (which represent the redest areas of the redest states). And no, Texas will not be voting Democratic in November. So if she's predominantly winning in the conservative parts of states, then her argument of "I win big states" starts to founder even more when she will make it at the convention. So, 55 million is an incredible amount of money in one month – and a short one at that! You don't have to like the candidate or his supporters, but you do have to respect the accomplishment. It's undeniable that something profound is happening this year and you may try to pin that badge on Clinton or anti-Bushing, but in actuality, the person who deserves it is Obama.

    March 6, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  6. Hillman

    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 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  7. Breka

    Those who keep claiming that Hillary won these states, are you guys just ignorant or in denial that it did not make a difference? She only gained 4 delegates. Hillary 187 AND OBAMA 184, He is still ahead of her in delegates count. She will never catch up with him. He won more STATES, POPULAR VOTES AND MORE DELEGATES. She continued with this Rezko story, all her fundraisers who have been indicted will start to come out in public to give their stories and they are so many, though some have fled the country. Just last year, one of Hillary's fundraiser was indicted, and he fled the country.

    Release your tax papers from all the years back. In addition, let see how you got the $5 MILLION DOLLARS you loaned your campaign.
    Howard Wolfson, Clinton communication chief, you keep talking about Rezko, let me refresh your memory, Hillary many fundraisers ahve also been indicted.

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

    Too bad Hill had to use her funds to purchase her endorsers.

    March 6, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  9. Shawna RN

    AND even with all that extra money
    Obviously "NO WE CAN"T"!

    HILLARY 20O8

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

    Obama will continue to do very well becasue he is a people's person. His message of hope and aspiration talkes to people's hearts and minds. Hillary's true colors appeared during this past week and they are UGLY. I used to like her but after I saw how desparate she was, I will never vote for her. Obama had earned my respect Hillary had earned my disappointment

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

    I received four different flyers in my mail from Obama in Texas and I voted for Hillary. What a waste of your money!!!

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

    LOOK OUT MARCH MADNESS...............WE CAN EVEN TOP THAT.

    I CHALLENGE ALL HBCU GRAD TO DIG DEEPER.

    HELEN

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

    Hillary was way up, Obama closed the gap. AND HE MAY WIN THE DELEGATE COUNT IN TEXAS!!!

    Her grand victories are too little too late. She'l probably net a whooping 8 delegates from last Tues.

    Keep cheating HRC...your almost there.

    March 6, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  14. Manny, NY

    Y E S W E C A N!! :) :) :)

    Keep on stepping senator.

    March 6, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  15. Bill Jergens

    So lets say your company is hiring a new CEO. There's this guy who comes in and has a very short resume. He's done some low level management of a small company but recently become a mid-level manager. Instead of learning to be a mid-level manager, he spent that time, reading up on how to be a CEO. He comes ot the interview and hands you a short resume and says, but I have hope change this company around and I have hope that I can bring all the employees together to make that change.

    Think of it that way. Forget the past of both candidates. Lets not think about that right now and just look.

    What are their plans for the future? The economy? How will they fix NAFTA? How will the deal with health care? How will they deal with foreign policy? Iraq? Pakistan? North Korea? Isn't that what this presidental nomination should be about? Shouldn't it be more about what you're going to do? What you've done in the past is important too. It shows what you'll do in the future or at least have an idea of what you'll do but you should really have a realistic plan.

    I like both Hillary and Obama but I think the president should be the one who knows what they're doing and the VP should be the one who's getting ready to be the president have some more experience learning from the President. Wouldn't it make sense that Hillary and Obama be the Pres and VP? Doesn't that make sense? With that, we'll have 16 years of democrats in the White House. If Obama is nominated and wins the presidency and he falters and doens't deliver on his promises because he just wasn't able to, wouldn't that just disappoint a lot of people, allowing republicans to come back in?

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

    Good for him!!! He did it not by lying, sniveling or whining. Has anyone noticed that Obama has whipped Hillary in the Texas caucus? Her BIG win still puts her down by over 100 delegates, a number she cannot win with. She is a caustic, polarizing, negative and bitter person – who will say and so anything to win. We will not be winners if she gets the office.

    Yes We Can! Obama, 08!

    Laura, San Diego, CA

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

    Hillary needed to win by much larger margins than she did in Ohio and Texas to really have a shot at this. She won by 10 in Ohio and 3 in Texas and is losing by 12 in the Texas Caucas.

    She is basically done but her stubberness is going to hurt the Democratic Party, especially if those Superdelegates go against the will of the people.

    If the Democrats truly want the White House then Obama is the way to go. Hillary is to devisive to pull the party together to defeat McCain.

    March 6, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  18. Mary Shannon

    Go Obama! What some of the people commenting are failing to understand is that Obama was not projected to win Texas or Ohio. What did his campaigning and money do for him in Texas and Ohio? He was able to cut a 20 point lead by Clinton in half in Ohio and down to 4 points in Texas. Winning isn't the only way to get delegates. Obama netted more delegates in Texas. So basically all his money was able to split the delegate count. People just starting to follow this campaign need to educate themselves on the polls two months ago and the polls now in certain states. Take a look at Pennsylvania. He is not projected to win there but his goal is to cut into her lead. He already has without really campaigning there. He will never win Pennsylvania or should he. I would bet 55 million though that Clinton won't net that many delegates. That is the victory for Obama.

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

    Hillary pretty much lost ohio and texas. Winning nearly even is not a win. Texas is not won in my mind until the caucus results are also tallied and the math does matter.
    Thats 20 million more he can spend and kick her butt going to the next one.

    +100.00$ for Obama right now. who will match me?
    Obama 08!

    March 6, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  20. Slick

    Clintonions are all butt sore because she barely scraped delegates from Oh. and TX. and now they cry foul when asked to disclose their shady tax records. Transparent does not mean behind closed doors! Let us see who and what we already know you are Hill. A farce...with an annoying voice!

    GOBAMA 08

    March 6, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  21. Independent American

    Hillary is just wasting the poor people's money, she knows that she is far behind and it's almost impossible to catch up

    March 6, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  22. Channell

    CNN, when r u gonna do a report on the breaking news in Canada, that confirms Obama was innocent in the so called "NAFTAgate" and that Clinton's people met with Canadian government as well?????? I saw the report this morning but have yet to hear it on US news. Whats that all about?

    March 6, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  23. Jenny

    hmm... I wonder where this money is really comming from?

    March 6, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  24. KLM

    Hillary wants the superdelegates to vote their choice. Well, since most are politicians, they will vote for who has the lead in delegates. It's mathematically impossible for Hillary to win in that area. While I do think it's very commendable that Hillary raised $35million but I am supporting Obama so I'm more ecstatic about his fundraising. However, if she is on the ticket, I will vote for McCain.

    March 6, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  25. Latina from Texas

    where's the tax returns??????

    March 6, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
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