April 3rd, 2008
10:08 AM ET
10 years ago

Obama raises more than $40 million in March

Barack Obama's campaign announced a March haul of more than $40 million, raised from more than 442,000 donors. There were more than 218,000 first-time donors, and the average contribution level was $96.

The figure is not official until the campaign submits paperwork with the Federal Election Commission. The official deadline for March paperwork to be filed is April 20.

The Obama campaign released the announcement the moment the daily Clinton campaign conference call began.

Read more: Obama raised more than $40 million in March

–CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (237 Responses)
  1. Red Dog from ND but now in Floida

    all of you idiots claiming that oil money is paying for Obama's campain, get your facts straight it was the saudis who bankrolled the bush's oil company. It is the republicans who are selling America out for oil money. The clintons are mad because they did not think of it first. Go Barak.

    April 3, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  2. karrie

    that's good obama, the country coming together, god bless you all.

    April 3, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  3. April in Texas

    Darn proud to be one of those first time donors. I supported him before in Texas and will continue to support him throughout the campaign!

    Go Obama Yes We Can!!!

    Obama 08

    April 3, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  4. Mia

    I really wish those making comments get their facts straight.

    1) Each individual who contributes can ONLY give $2300 (Oprah gave that months ago) for the primary and $2300 for the general election

    2) The so called Oil donations are from employees, people like me and you. When you donate they ask you to provide your company name and title, so implying that all this money comes from companies is bull. It is just normal citizens like you and me. For instance if I work for Lockheed, they (the media) can do a query on gov't contractors and then say he received $200,000 from gov't contractors – in fact he may have received $25.00 from 1 employee at Lockheed and $1000 from another employee, and they (the media) bunches it together and claim it is from a company. NOT TRUE

    Companies in fact can ask their employees for donations and they in turn can donate it to a campaign as a Political Action Committee (PAC). Senator Obama does not accept money from PACs.

    I hope that helps those of you who have not and don't participate in the political process other than your vote and these uninformed comments you place on blogs.

    April 3, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  5. Sue

    Another newsworthy article. I guess the press feels this is a contest!! I really do not care...I CARE ABOUT ISSUES!!! CNN please get back to reporting the stories around the world and here at home that MATTER. Oh, or is this another pro Obama article?

    April 3, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  6. Sharon

    40 million, and still will not win Pennsylvania.......outspends Hillary 4 to 1, 2 to 1...and still is barely ahead........Isn't there something wrong with that??????????? Check out Realclearpolitics.com....OH, PA, AND FL Hillary Beats McCain by large margins..........

    April 3, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  7. Corey, Maryland

    Wow thats a lot more then I imagined that he would raise. I figured it would be lower because people are starting to lose interest now that there isnt another primary for so long. I dont imagine next month will be very high either. But congrats Mr. Obama for being such a great campaigner and I hope it all pays off and you are the next president of the USA!!!

    Obama Richardson 08!!!

    April 3, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  8. Ed Gibbs

    Here's the truth about what's happening to everyday people. Obama likes to see himself as "bringing everyone together" but the god's honest truth is- blacks and whites are much more divided now than they were before Obama came on the scene.

    April 3, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  9. Richard

    Didn't Obama lost in Ohio and Texas even though he outspent HIllary 3-1? Looks like he'll loose big in PA, IN, KY, OR and WV now that he is outspending her 4-1. I love voters......just proves that you can not buy an election. People do think for themselves

    April 3, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  10. Daryl

    MARK- I have 40 million more reasons why he is not going to be the loser in November....eventually I will have more reasons next month....I will get back with how many more.

    Hillary where is your tax returns you promised months ago on the CNN debate? How hard can this be?

    April 3, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  11. Hillary Needs Help

    I'm starting a fund for Hillary to get some help with her compulsion to lie. I know it's an uphill battle with her lying husband, but everyone needs some help now and then. I'll be stand on the corner with my Hillary cup.

    A belated April Fool's joke.

    April 3, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  12. KIM C

    Wow, that is awesome. It shows that we (Americans) are excited about this election and want change.

    Obama '08... Yes We Can!!!

    April 3, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  13. Jane Alt

    Way to go, Obama 08!!!!
    Hillary pay your bills first ok. The best thing to do is just drop out of the race Hillary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. LIAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 3, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  14. Dominique

    Investing in our future.

    One of the Million(s)!

    April 3, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  15. Toni

    The story of Obama's broad base of small donors is unprecedented in American politics. The traditional pundits who come from political and media elite are mystified because average Americans (and not the "fat cats") are financing and driving a large-scale Presidential campaign month-after-month. This is a phenomenon of epic proportions and symbolizes what American democracy aspires to achieve. Average Americans, collectively, expressing their political voices and truly CHANGING the political establishment in the process.

    April 3, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  16. Bond_Dallas

    Bigben, If you don't for Obama because Hillary lost the nomination, then you are just shallow minded and need not participate. The reason we are voting democratic is not because of Hillary or Obama, it is because of what the Republicans have done to the country. Look around and see the price of gas, the price of food, the war in Iraq,,, the world attitude towards America. That's why you should vote democratic. WAKE UP!

    April 3, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  17. tman

    i think hilliary should handsoff and allow obama to concentrate on november..........


    April 3, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  18. Kiki

    Grif, are you serious they are campianing so that means you need money to do that. How can u be so nasty about Obama b/c he rise 40 millon dollars. You know when your mother said "If you don't have anything nice to say don't say anything at all". For once can we just look at both sides here. If you are running for president and people are giving you donations, are you going to refuse them? I guess you pay for out of your pockets! Just like Billary did. Don't hate congratulate.

    To all the other haters on here saying he can not win. We will decide this in November. No matter what we need a Dem. in the white house!
    Obama "08"

    April 3, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  19. SMH- Annapolis MD

    If only we could get Americans to donate $40 million a month to more important causes like finding a cure for cancer, autism or alzheimer’s.
    Vote for Obama or vote for McCain, nothing is going to change that drastically.

    April 3, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  20. Jan

    Why O' Why Morgan, are you jealous of Oprah's Money?? If if is her money, so what! She investing in America's next President.

    April 3, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  21. AJ, IL

    Jaymes Spikerman says...
    good job!

    Hillary '08!
    Are you kidding or what?!?! Hillary has not released her tax returns and I have a feeling she will renig prior to April 22nd primary. Last month, the Clinton camp rushed to get out the "good news" that her campaign raised $35 million in the month of March while Obama raised $55 million.

    You would think with all the positive political coverage Obama has enjoyed over the past two weeks, i.e. numerous endorsements with some coming from high-profile superdelegates folks like Bill Richardson, coupled with pennslyvania polling showing Obama closing the gap between himself and Hillary, and national polling showing Obama sizably ahead of Hillary, Hillary's campaign would release the fundraising efforts for the month of March to silence a lot of talk that her campaign is financially struggling to keep a full out effort till July 1st.

    April 3, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  22. Patrick Era

    This is TRULY Americans' campaign. This is TRULY the people's choice. Let the Superdelegates speak up, and let your loyalty to the good of the Party and the country be greater than your loyalty to personality!!!

    April 3, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  23. Nnaemeka

    The point is that people don't understand what change is all about.People are eager for change that is why people donating more for Senator Obama.Senator barack obama will get the nomination and will also beat Senator Mccain in the fall,just watch and see.

    April 3, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  24. Jean Alex

    Clinton, it's over!!!!

    April 3, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  25. JMO

    Obviously, the Obama supporters don't need any bailouts if they can continue to contribute like this. Wonder what they think they're going to get. I think they will be disappointed when someone else wins and will want their money back. Oh well, a fool and their money are soon parted, as the saying goes.

    April 3, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
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