June 20th, 2008
07:40 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama raised roughly $22 million in the month of May

(CNN) — The Obama campaign said Friday it had raised $21.9 million in the month of May, along with nearly $690,000 in general election funds.

In its monthly campaign finance report filed with the Federal Election Commission, the campaign said its cash on hand figure was $43.1 million.

In April, the Obama campaign reported $31 million in donations. Monthly FEC reports for all presidential candidates are due by midnight.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
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  1. God help us all

    God help the gullible... they know not what they do.

    They fall for a smile and a promise.

    And forget that truth matters more than the promise of change... that substance matters more than charisma.

    I pity the fall of the once great America.

    June 20, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  2. on the backs of slaves

    He is not a puppet...

    He is the one pulling the strings.

    Watch the white people dance now.

    Can't criticize him because they will be called racists.

    I just luv it.

    June 20, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  3. luv it

    I love America....

    Let me count the ways.

    Racists won't vote for a black man (tee hee)... don't be afraid.... (teehee)

    I'm color blind... except to the color green.

    Long live the liberal elites....

    June 20, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  4. I am an Obama Supporter-CA

    Oh. Please republicans are so upset now. They havent seen nothing yet. The american people actually get to make a financial impact in the general election....ahhaa. My family and I will be supporting this man until he reaches the white house. Cant wait to donate over the next 4 months. Anything I can do to keep scary McBush out, I will!!! Simple as that.

    Obama 08

    June 20, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  5. I E

    "John McCain raise more than $31 million in May"

    No he didn't. He raised 20.9 million in May. The 31 million number represents the amount he has on hand.


    June 20, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  6. brag about it

    First speak against the run away campaigns... money buys the white house.

    Then change the rules when it is you hauling in the cash. Then make a pretty speech about how great it is for people to throw money at you so that you can steal the greatest office in the land.

    Why so much money? Why so much convincing?

    Aren't your merits enough to convince people? Oh... wait... you have no merits, just perceptions and promises and images you create.

    Nothing but a fake and a phony.

    June 20, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  7. Larry Ohio

    It is amazing to me just how many sickos there are out there.
    This is why we must break the chain. I will donate what ever it takes to beat mccain and his sick following. Whatever it takes

    June 20, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  8. Tracy

    I sent a little of that money, though I have none. As have so many that really had none to send. This is really going to be a people's election.

    Poor McCain complaining that Obama won't take government funds for the election. Obviously, Obama realized he doesn't need them- so won't take them. It's not a flip flop, it's realizing that you shouldn't take government money when you don't have to.

    McCain and the republicans have such a poor and small support base that they actually need government gathered money- people are not impressed with them and not pulling out their personal checkbooks for the republicans. If McCain can't get enough people to give single small to large donations, he should really know that he can't be elected.

    June 20, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  9. Brian

    Jen CA:
    Obama raised $22 million in May. McCain raised $31 million! Think maybe folks are beginning to understand the truth (or rather, the "untruth" )about Obama? I certainly have!

    RJ CA,
    June 20th, 2008 8:04 pm ET

    John McCain raise more than $31 million in May, compared to Obama's $22 million. The tide — it is-a-turning!

    Oh look republicans lying again:
    McCain disclosed that he raised $21.5 million in May, spending $11.6 million and ending the month with $1.27 million in unpaid bills.

    L.A. Times

    June 20, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  10. Alex

    every day I ask the same question over and over, if you find obama that bad that u can't vote , why r u voting for mccain, don't vote!

    June 20, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  11. Change is Coming

    I just love to see all of the hatred on this board for Obama.

    You people who hate him for NO REASON keep showing us how you don't have A LIFE. Why do you have so much time to post?

    Obama / Hagel 08

    June 20, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  12. disgusted

    His money didn't help him win the later part of the primary. Hillary actually came back albeit a bit late.

    Clinton supporters UNITE – NOBAMA.

    PUMA party. Check it out and we will defeat Obama and his thugs.

    June 20, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  13. truth please

    Texas Trail Dog, you are truly ignorant. I and most people who work are donating weekly or monthly for Obama. I have since I switched to campaign for him.

    Don't be mad because McOld can't raise any funds.

    June 20, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  14. Mike Texas

    Obama just does not believe that he can stand toe-to-toe with Mccain. He will change his mind to whatever is convenient at the time. This is the change we can believe in.

    June 20, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  15. Weepy

    From WHERE are his campaign funds originating? Hoods, dope dealers, pimps, any of the other undesirables who try to take advantage of others? His race has not been a big issue--until now. HE brought it up. "Poor me," he says. "I was born half-black, because my mom . . . . .". An illegitimate babe, parading around acting like an illegitimate candidate for president of the United States. Oh well, as the saying goes, "Give 'em an inch. . . . . . . . .

    Obama is doing NOTHING to elevate the pervading perception of the ordinary black man. He is a racist, pure and simple!

    June 20, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  16. Save the party

    Change, where it is? He is one from the same mould saying one thing and doing another; NAFTA, Copmaign financing, Rev Wright, his church – the list is on and on. One wonders why so many idiots still believe in him. Are they blind? The truth is obvious for people who have their eyes and ears open.
    Hillary donot accept VP position if you have galls after all the insult.

    June 20, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  17. Jen, CA

    John McCain had the best fundraising month of his presidential campaign, according to documents filed Thursday with the Federal Election Commission.

    No doubt due to the Hillary supporters such as I, - who now categorically DISOWN the DNC and Democratic Party - a corrupt political establishment with no concern for the voice of the people! IT WILL NOT BE FORGOTTTEN FOR A LONG, LONG, LONG TIME!

    The tide - it is a-turning AGAINST "know-nothing, big-mouth Obama. "

    And, yes, Obama, you ARE scary - VERY scary, no matter how you try to "spin" it!

    June 20, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |


    June 20, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  19. Trent

    Its amusing that kids will repeat simple name-calling and and direct them to Obama as if he is recieving their comments instead of CNN and instead of commenting on the subject of the article. I think CNN should eliminate such irrelevant comments or consign them to a general partisan rant blog. Adults are soon not going to bother reading comment sections. I am.

    June 20, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  20. Jody Monroe

    Mr. Obama has managed his campaign finances extraordinarily well. Maybe it's due to his "lack of experience" of being rooted in the Good Old Boys system... and that's a good thing!!!

    I'm looking forward to having him manage our country's economy as well. It will be a welcome change!

    June 20, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  21. GET A LIFE!!!!

    Jen, CA ............. Obama raised $22 million in May. McCain raised $31! Think maybe folks are beginning to understand the truth (or rather, the "untruth" )about Obama? I certainly have!........Part of McSame $31 came from a George Bush Fund RAISER although he has distant himself from BUSH.........He is a MAVERICK ....Obama is a ROOKIE

    Plz post!

    June 20, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  22. Sharon Minnesota

    It's the OB's who are out of step with reality and utterly disconnected from truth. You only have to read the reactionary posts on the CNN blogs dished out in daily rations by his supporters to tell you who the liar's really are. Such fantasy's are entertaining, if not crude, but they just can't possibly mean half of what they are saying.

    OB and McCain need to discuss the real issues in a town hall setting like John has proposed. Until then, we'll just be getting more of he said, he said and the OB's will continue to post their silly rhetoric on these blogs.

    Good Grief!

    P.S. I'm not a PUMA just an ex-democrat fighting for America's right to exist as a free nation.

    June 20, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  23. Can you say evaporation

    At the Begining of June when the McCain camp announced it raised 21 Million, all the Obama supporters were saying – that's all, only 21 Million? And all the Non-Obama supporters kept asking, well how much did Obama raise?

    Well now we know, it took us three weeks to find out, but now we know. McCain raised 21.5 Million for the month of May and Obama raised 21.9 Million, a difference of 400 thousand dollars. That's not much of a blowout by Obama, in fact that's not a blowout at all.

    Moreover, in Feb 08, Obama raised the most his campaign has ever raised, 55 Million. Then in Mar 08 his camp raised 41 Million, then in Apr 08 his camp raised 31 Million, and now three weeks into the month of June (why did it take sooooooo long to report), we know that the Obama camp raised only 400 thousand more than McCain and only 21 Million for the month of May.

    So every month that has gone by since February of this year, Obama is averaging 10 Million less each month in contributions. 55 in Feb, then 41 in Mar, then 31 in Apr, and then 21 in May- by this time next month he'll report that they only raised 15 Million at best.

    Obviously people are slowly getting tired of giving him money.

    June 20, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  24. steve carlsbad CA

    Change is what happens....when the pain of holding onto what is not working exceeds the fear of what might happen if you let go. People, from all these comments, it appears we are at a watershed. I for one admit I am blessed but realize I am also hurting pretty bad in many different ways. Don't know if I can take the pain much longer. I might just roll the dice and say a prayer. Long live JFK and his brother Bobby!

    June 20, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  25. RJ, CA

    No, "Bishop" — there's lots more. Care to actually investigate Obama's "platform"? Bet not!

    But let's try, just for the heck of it:

    In a questionnaire last year, Obama answered "yes" when asked: "If you are nominated for president in 2008 and your major opponents agree to forgo private funding in the general election campaign, will you participate in the presidential public financing system?"

    He added: "I will aggressively pursue an agreement with the Republican nominee to preserve a publicly financed general election."
    So much for that! What’s a mere $85 million to Obama?

    By rejecting such public money, Obama can now raise millions to buy more votes, just as he has in the primary campaign - and send Michelle to finishing school – and make himself a presidential seal – and buy off CNN the DNC – and that’s just for starters.

    June 20, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
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