October 1st, 2007
01:45 PM ET
15 years ago

Obama raises more than $19 million for the primary

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, raked in approximately $20 million in the third quarter for his White House run, his campaign announced Monday. All but $1 million raised in this three month time period can be spent in the Democratic primary.

The $20 million falls shy of Obama’s second quarter haul when he shattered fundraising records by raising $32.5 million, $31 million of which he can use in his bid for the Democratic nomination. Still, Obama’s fundraising is impressive given that it was conducted during a historically slow time period when people are focused on summer vacations and preparing their children for the new school year. On Friday, CNN reported that Obama would show he raised in the neighborhood of $20 million.

So far, Obama has raised at least $74.9 million from more than 352,000 donors, according to his campaign.

- CNN Assignment Editor Katy Byron

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. Gavin, Gainsville , Florida

    No this is the average american being duped into another same ol' same ol' candidate that campaigns on changing corrupt Washington practices while he is in the Corporations back pocket himself. Typical pandering ploy. No matter who the public wants the elite will get their way.

    October 1, 2007 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  2. Enoch, Nashville, Tennessee

    All the pundits predicting this race was over are having to rethink their positions, they can't seem to understand how their imagined poll says one thing and the real poll of Americans is saying something totally different. Obama has about 350,ooo Americans committed to the point of donating to the campaign and how many Americans give to Hillary? the pundits don't talk about that, mark my words, they're all in for the shock of their life.

    October 1, 2007 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  3. Amy, Columbus, OH

    This is the only campaign I have ever contributed to, as this is the first candidate I have ever believed can truly make positive changes in this country. I am so impressed that he won't take donations from special interest groups. We the people are who he will work for! He is the real deal!

    October 1, 2007 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  4. Karen M.

    The more they attack Obama the more they show their weaknesses. Personal attacks takes the place of the ability of dealing with critical issues and the lack of backing from the general public. If you have time to attack a person then that means you’re not a busy enough candidate to compete in the race so I say bring it on and continue to draw attention to Obama and WATCH our numbers GROW! For that I would like to publicly thank Hillary and gang for an awesome smear campaign.

    Many folks claim the youth will not vote or that the youth will give money but won't get out to vote.. .I say WATCH the lines on elections day and be amazed of the Magnificent Valor of young Americans taking charge of their country once again!

    October 1, 2007 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  5. Conservative James, Phoenix AZ

    Here's the $19 Million Question...

    Is he going to USE that money to fight for the Nomination? Or is he going to concede the fight to Hillary?

    Seems like all the Dem candidates are soft-balling their approach to Hillary. With her national lead you'd think there would be more of a competition for the nomination.

    Perhaps the other candidates are vying for the VP spot?

    October 1, 2007 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  6. Christian, Tampa FL

    Obama is great. I don't care whether he wins or loses, he's my candidate and I'm sticking to him.

    However, a win would be great, America.

    October 1, 2007 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  7. Sybil

    What a waste of money. He is not going to win period.

    October 1, 2007 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  8. monica, rochester new york

    Sybil, would you prefer the American voters not have any choices in the election? Just you sitting around offering up the candidate you deem best for us? 100's of thousands of people think you're wrong, you should show some humility and respect in the face of Obama's magnificence!!
    Don't worry we'll still welcome you after President Obama is sworn in.

    October 1, 2007 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  9. Wayne, Silver Spring

    More than the money, what is more amazing is the number of donors! 352,000 donors. I'm sure that's unprecedented

    Go Obama!

    October 1, 2007 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  10. A. Thomas, New York, NY

    As past election shows, raising most money does not mean winning the nomination or election for Obama.

    Hillary has twice the % lead over Obama in the democrat primaries. She beats Obama in all states except Illinois and Idaho.

    Although Obama has so much to spend on promoting his election ideas, he has failed to convince these voters. In other words, Obama is not electable based on the democrat voters.

    He may represent change. What is change without experience? An inexperienced leader could lead you down a cliff.

    Hillary represents change plus experience. Good change can only comes from persons with experience. Find below is a new clip about Hillary on her good experience over Obama:

    The mantle of experience has been credited to Hillary.

    Polls show more than four in 10 voters nationwide – including Republicans and independents – give Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton the edge among the Democratic candidates on the issue of experience.

    It is Hillary’s life experience first lady in Arkansas and White House and her experience in the Senate. To some extent, it's almost like she was the assistant to the governor and president for many years and she is now running to be the chief.

    She's met with foreign leaders, helped her husband on policy issues and supported him against political attacks.

    Hillary and her husband have been the focus of a right wing slander campaign, and they handled it very well.

    October 1, 2007 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  11. Burt Hadlock, Pleasanton, CA

    I donated to the Obama campaign when I recieved an e mail notifying me that a friend of mine was challenging me to donate and would match the donation.
    No such friend has come forward since the donation and the campaign doesn't respond to my query. Is Obama raising impressive amounts becasue he's "hustling" others?

    October 1, 2007 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  12. Lioness, Washington DC

    Gerald Williams:

    I agree! Obama-Biden would be a great combination.

    October 1, 2007 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  13. ronnie - knoxville, tn

    so who will 'buy' the election ? hmmmm

    October 1, 2007 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  14. pam Eugene, OR

    Amazing! almost 50 comments and only poor hopeless Sybill, Burt, Gavin and Conservitive James have anything negative to say. Absoutely amazing!
    I am a 57 year old, Republican, female how has never cared much about politics till this election and I just gave $50 to Obama. I guess the difference now is that I have a grandaughter and I really care about the future. I like what this man says and I pray he is real. We need him so badly and he does give me hope.
    CNN: you really did bury this story. Shame on you!

    October 1, 2007 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  15. Michael James -- Illinois

    This election cycle is the first time I've ever donated to any candidate at any level. I made a donation to the Obama campaign last quarter and several more this quarter.

    It is quite refreshing to be able to be "for" a candidate instead of having to pick the lesser of evils.

    Hillary should enjoy the polls while she can, but she is not going to win the nomination.

    Barack is going to win because he has been able to inspire people to take action, such as donating money, canvassing or calling people to help tell the story. In addition to the Hillary advocacy inherent in many polls, a lot of Obama supporters will never get included in a poll anyway because they won't get identified as a "likely" Democratic voter or caucus-goer.

    Barack Obama has the proven leadership ability, along with the judgment and character to be a great president.

    Vote Obama!!!!

    October 2, 2007 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
  16. Brianna, McEwen, TN

    Dear Pam,
    What I have to say is't negative but rather is the truth. I want a President who actually cares about our troops. When Obama was contacted by a Sailor abused in boot camp he chose to do nothing about the matter saying that he wouldn't help. This young man was in a Psychiatric hospital for heaven's sake and he didn't care. Thank God for Hillary Clinton who has the guts to do what is right by this nation and by our troops. She helped SA Webb when no one else would. Question, I wonder if Obama would have helped him had his skin color been black instead of white?????

    October 2, 2007 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  17. A. Thomas, New York, NY

    Hey, you guys hear that Hillary out-raised you man in funds and new donors?!

    Some Obama supporters bragged about the 20 million raised by him. Now, I can see them mad that Hillary out- raised Obama, and tried to ridicule her and her campaign!

    Their blood is boiling. The crowd has envy and success blinds them all.

    The donors and polls agree with Hillary that she will and can do for the country.

    Yes, Hillary SHALL be the next president of USA!

    October 2, 2007 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  18. biqui, Clearwater FL

    AMEN!! The people have spoken and are speaking! No more special interests groups, and there needs to be an end to the "underhanded" electoral college shananigans!

    October 2, 2007 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  19. Conservative James, Phoenix AZ

    Pam, Eugene, Or

    You wrote,

    "Amazing! almost 50 comments and only poor hopeless Sybill, Burt, Gavin and Conservitive James have anything negative to say. Absoutely amazing!
    I am a 57 year old, Republican, female how has never cared much about politics till this election and I just gave $50 to Obama. I guess the difference now is that I have a grandaughter and I really care about the future. I like what this man says and I pray he is real. We need him so badly and he does give me hope."

    Pam – so you're a 57-year old grandmother who "has never cared much about politics till this election". And you suggest Sybil, Burt, Gavin and I are "poor hopeless".

    First – WELCOME to joining those who choose to be politically involved. "Poor hopeless" might better describe someone that chose to be politically "asleep at the wheel" as for 39 years (57 – 18).

    You gave Obama $50. I'm surprised CNN didn't write an article on you, the political big-spender. Sadly, though, you contribution will not yield dividends. Hillary has a lock with the wealthy elite, Hollywood, special interests, and a significant lead nationally. With the primary dates being pushed way up (Jan/Feb) – Hillary is going to waltz into her victory – not having to spend much to brush aside all the other candidates.

    Obama will be praised for his clean campaign, praised for his grass-roots appeal, and ackowledged while Hillary is nominated for President. Obama will then be expected to deliver his endorsement and campaign funds to elect Hillary Clinton the President.

    But... let's play nice and pretend there really IS a race for the nomination. Go Obama Go!!

    October 2, 2007 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
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