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. Mike

    People should quit crying with all the CNN bashing. "THIS ISN'T NEWS OMG!"

    It's information, and some people come to news sites for information not just propaganda that makes you feel warm and fuzzie about the candidate you're rooting for.

    April 3, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  2. Marjon

    WoW! Only when you understand bottom-up and know how to use it!

    GO OBAMA! '08

    April 3, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  3. ~ Jan, NJ

    Notice how individuals are banding together to donate small amounts for Senator Obama. Even the small amounts add up on the grand scale. Also, it's worth noting that many, like myself, don't have a LOT to give, but believe Senator Obama is the best choice.

    Similarly, why aren't the individuals who believe in Hillary Clinton stepping up to the plate? She sure wouldn't be in debt if that were the case, now, would she? And where, oh where have her big-purse donations disappeared to?!

    Seems to me that the purses aren't as open as they used to be for her.

    I've never donated to a political figure before Sen. Obama: after all, it isn't even tax deductible. That's how much the people of America are rallying around Obama. Impressive, to say the least!

    April 3, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  4. Reality check #1

    Sounds like the Wright people have been busy.

    April 3, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  5. Anita

    I was one of those new donors. It's great to see money well spent.

    April 3, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  6. Chuck, TN

    "Impressive." "Most impressive."

    Darth Vader
    Empire Strikes Back

    April 3, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  7. Al-Houston

    The overrated Clinton machine is dead. Only they won't accept it, you gotta know when to hold em & when to fold em! Bill & Hillary for the better of the party it's time. You fought the good fight, but you ran into a buzz saw that to your credit few others saw coming either. Help turn your negative into a positive for the country, Alllllllll Aboard

    Go Barack!!!!!!!!

    April 3, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  8. matt

    Yes if this man wins it will be .. because money.. he is outspending her in philly so bad right now its sick
    10 obama commerciials to 1 hillary

    April 3, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  9. louie

    i wanted how much of the 40 million oprah donated or maybe he used those ear marks to fund his pathetic campaign to make everyone think the wright story different affect his campaign and the suppose momentum on his side....Hillary 08'

    April 3, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  10. Felly

    Obama is the real deal. His campaign has dismantled the Clinton machine. No more Bush-Clinton, Bush-Clinton dynasty. Yes, we can!

    April 3, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  11. Seam, Philly PA

    Obama has enough money to pay off Hillary's campaign debt, and still come out on top.

    April 3, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  12. Lance Schroeder

    This shows what a good manager Obama is. He has an excellent organization, an excellent team and is getting results. Just like running a business, or the country. McCain and Clinton are relying on their names, not their abilities to get elected.

    April 3, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  13. briggette duque

    i really believe any one who is a part of sen .obamas campaign won't be disappointed.

    April 3, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  14. Alex H

    jw, canadian,ok April 3rd, 2008 10:12 am ET

    CNN – this is not a sporting event, we don't need an inning by inning report on hits, runs, errors, etc (money raised).

    No, it's more important than a sporting event, it's the freakin' Presidency! If you don't like it, you don't have to read it!

    April 3, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  15. Washington


    April 3, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  16. Roman

    She has the best experience and knows how to lead the most powerful and richest country in the world!

    April 3, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  17. CW in DC

    AJ April 3rd, 2008 10:20 am ET

    "Wow – the longer this campaign the poorer the ghetto will get. Where will they get the money for their malt liquor and crack?"

    The ignorance of some of these posters never ceases to amaze me. Sometimes I think they just say stuff to get off on getting a rise out of people.

    April 3, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  18. cj-delhi,ny

    Not only is he raising more money, but he didn't have to borrow any.

    April 3, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  19. Ivey League

    My wife and I are proud to be among the MILLIONS of donors.

    GOBama '08

    April 3, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  20. Martin

    Way to go President Obama. Shouldn't Hillary excuse herself from the race at this point. I mean if her stock Keeps dropping, she may not even win her Senate seat in NY..

    April 3, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  21. trellskig

    hahahahaha @ all the haters....Obama has more supporters than some people think.

    So, to all the Dem traders that will switch when he is the nominee, go right ahead, or maybe even stay home because we won't need your vote anyway because we have all the Dems and (Republican switchers) we need.

    hahahahahaha....he's a bad man!

    April 3, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  22. Carrie PA

    Proud to be a campaign donor: YES WE CAN!!!!

    April 3, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  23. Carl

    Ill admit im routing for Hillary to be president, she is more experienced after all. However Obama has done really well in raising money, he is beating Hillary hands down and I think he will continue to do that, moeny wise anyway. I think with the average donation per person of $96 shows hes got the wealthiest supporters.

    April 3, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  24. EA Portland OR

    One thing I have noticed, Clinton supporters are much more venomous and mean spirited in their comments than Obama supporters.
    This could be attributed to a couple of reasons; either they know they cant win and their sore losers, sort of like Hill herself, or they are genuinely cranky old people who would rather just yell "GET OFF MY LAWN" and shake their arthritic fists at us than vote for a candidate under the age of 60.

    I say to the Hillary supporters, be nice, it's "McBush" we all need to worry about.

    April 3, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  25. NOBama

    Yes, we want Black power! Vote for Osama Obama. Read his Book you blind people. He hates Whites! Is Rev. Wright, Louis Farrakhan,the Black panthers just a co-incidence?? I think not. He is a big time closet white hater. Do you actually think he is going to come up to you and smack you and say " I hate white people?" Nooo, he is sucking you in like flies for the kill! Read his book....... wake up b4 its 2 late.

    April 3, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
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