October 1st, 2007
01:45 PM ET
13 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. Stephen

    Go Obama .. Kicking some H.R. Clinton Butt

    October 1, 2007 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  2. Lioness, Washington DC

    Well done Barack!

    The best candidate is getting the most support. That makes sense.

    Except that CNN seems determine to undermine him while singing Hillary's praises.

    Interesting that CNN put this story way down in the Political Ticker section while keeping the hostile sounding "Obama blasts Clintons" on its front page. The network that prides itself on leading with breaking news is leading with old news.

    That is one reason why so many of us think that CNN has an agenda to push Hillary forward no matter what.

    CNN used to be a balanced source of news. USED to be.

    October 1, 2007 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  3. monica, rochester new york

    With more than 350,000 individual donors, the Obama campaign belongs to the people, not the lobbyists or special interest groups, like the HRC campaign. Poll that!!

    October 1, 2007 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  4. jh, hollywood florida

    Thats right that Obama has more donors than the GOP candidates combined- Obama for president!

    October 1, 2007 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  5. Brattleboro, VT

    Stop laying the policy of the ostrich. Obama is your bet. Don't miss this opportunity because it's unique in each generation.

    October 1, 2007 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  6. Kelley, Louisville, KY

    This is the second time I have donated the Obama campaign. He is the ONLY candidate I have donated too. He speaks to the issues that are important to me. We need change. We need a "grown up" foreign policy. Not one that proves us to be a spoiled rotten bully that uses intimidation to get its way. This is what we've been doing since the Cold War.
    Besides that, I think Hillary cannot be elected in the general. There are too many angry and spiteful republicans out there who is not vote for her despite the utter failure and disgrace of the current administration.

    October 1, 2007 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  7. Cody, Tupelo, MS

    WASHINGTON (CNN) — Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, raked in approximately $20 million from lobbyists and huge corporations with sketchy agendas in his third quarter for his White House run.

    And this is a news story? Come on, people. When your policies and statements are dictated by corporations with special interests, of course you're going to have a lot of money. They PAY you to do what they want. Let's elect someone with no strings attached!

    “I want you to understand how it will transform this nation when you have a president who cannot be bought or bossed, who has the willingness to speak out when others would be silent.”



    October 1, 2007 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  8. Pat, Huntington, NY

    Just think of all the babies that we can feed with that money.

    October 1, 2007 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  9. Lioness, Washington DC

    Aside from the fact that you have just made up this diatribe about where Obama's money is coming from, you are clearly not paying attention to the elections.

    Obama does not accept money from federally registered lobbyists. Go to his website, click on "make a donation" and you will see the prohibition explicitly stated. The bulk of his money is raised from small donors.

    Sorry, but if you want to attack you will have to find something more legitimate to go on. How about the truth?

    And, for the record, Kucinich has not said anything I am aware of about the influence of corporations and lobbyists in Obama's campaign, so don't diminish Mr. Kucinich by not-so-subtly suggesting otherwise.

    October 1, 2007 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  10. Greg, Brattleboro, VT

    You are the guy! What an impressive fundraising! Come on, "let's go change the world!"

    October 1, 2007 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  11. b-rocks New York, NY

    Hillary Clinton and her supporters seem to be helping Barack Obama raise money.

    Instead of cheering for themselves, they're attacking Barack, and it is motivating Obama donors to keep giving over and over again.

    October 1, 2007 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  12. Julia, Richmond VA

    I hope this will shock the MSM out of their "Hillary's already got it in the bag" mode. The bias showed by all of them, including CNN, is revolting.

    October 1, 2007 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  13. Tammy, Denton, Maryland

    It's even more impressive given the fact that the Clintons said they would CRUSH Obama in fundraising.

    Sen. Obama is the King of public financing. Sen. Obama has over 350,000 donors most of whom gave small donations. Now that's REAL public financing.

    The people want change and they want Sen. Obama to lead it.

    October 1, 2007 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  14. Antony, Dallas TX

    Bravo Senator Obama. You clearly are the choice of the people and we know that you will continue doing well. You were never given a chance by Hillary and Co. as well as the MSM. Well,well,well...what a great way to let them know that WE THE PEOPLE DECIDE!!! This baby is yours for the taking and may God see you through it.

    October 1, 2007 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  15. Carolyn K. Sterns, Sistersville, W. Va.

    "LET'S GO CHANGE THE WORLD" ..... That's what it is all about, and we will continue to donate again, and again, and again to SENATOR BARACK OBAMA. This opportunity to really support such an extraordinary person doesn't come around too often. This is the time ....... Go OBAMA '08

    October 1, 2007 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  16. Jayne Chapman - Boca Raton, Florida

    I am praying this country will be brave enough to elect my candidate (Obama) to be our next President. Everyone says they want change but when push comes to shove, they get nervous and stick with the same old. Please USA, this man is the real deal – brilliant, honest and is in it for all the right reasons and none of the wrong ones.

    October 1, 2007 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  17. Meg, Dayton Ohio

    And what's even more impressive is that Obama has attracted so much support while running a positive campaign, always maintaining a civil and respectful tone toward his opponents.

    America doesn't need any more of the negativity and partisan bickering of the Clinton and Bush years. Go Obama!

    October 1, 2007 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  18. Erik

    The people's money the people's president B-OBAMA!!!
    Obama 08!

    October 1, 2007 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  19. Dan, TX

    I would just say to anyone. Look at Clinton's campaign site blog – no one is there. Now look at Obama's blog. Old and young, black and white, political veterans and novices. Excitement. Clinton will get her turn. She just needs more experience. When she has served in elected office as long as Barack Obama has is the Illinois and US Senate, she'll be ready, and she'll get my vote. She's just not ready.

    October 1, 2007 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  20. Colony 14 author, Mount Prospect, Illinois

    Wow, that's a lot of money! But I thought "Kum-Bah-Yah" was in the public domain, I didn't know it still required royalties!

    October 1, 2007 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  21. Gavin Daly, Gainsville,Florida

    Anyone that thinks Obama is different than the rest of the corporate bought politicians needs to do their research.

    Last year, at the request of a hired representative for an Australian-owned chemical corporation Nufarm, Obama introduced nine separate bills exempting the company from import fees on a range of chemical ingredients it uses in the manufacture of pesticides and herbicides.

    He also introduced legislation to temporarily suspend customs duties for the importation of a pharmaceutical ingredient for Astellas Pharma (a Japanese-owned drug company).
    The bill cost the federal government more than $1 million in lost revenue.

    Both of these companies have subsidiaries or offices in Illinois. Last year alone Obama’s bills cost the government 12 million in revenue.

    While legal, Obama’s bills on behalf of Nufarm and other companies are part of the special treatment machine Washington rolls out for special interests. Barack Obama is merely the status quo with a shiny new suit.

    October 1, 2007 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  22. Mary Kay

    I have never contributed to a presidential candidate before but I have given a whole $85 so far to Sen Obama. As a single mother working two jobs, this is no small sacrifice for me. But I believe that Barack Obama is the candidate who can and will change politics as usual and give working Americans a voice in the process once again.

    October 1, 2007 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  23. Kim, Sacramento, CA

    Let's put a quick stop to the people who have said/are going to say that Obama is getting money from big donors etc. Here is the math... $74.9 million from just over 352,000 equals and average of $212.78 per donor – not exactly big bucks. What this is is grassroots. What this is is the average person saying our system is broken it needs to get fixed and Barack Obama is the candidate to do it.

    October 1, 2007 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  24. MarkieBee

    To Gavin,

    No candidate is perfect and no candidate will ever have a voting record that is the end-all , be-all to all people. There will always be someone who thinks the legislation was unfair, etc. NuFarm probably employs or intends to employ hundreds of people in Illinois and like almost all companies they were searching for the best place to build their company. Municipalties play that game all the time. Here in Sacramento, the nearby City of Folsom has given all kinds of tax breaks to a soy sauce company and Intel so they would either build factories or stay instead of moving to another city that's promising even better financial breaks. I'm not saying the system is right but it's real.

    Now I don't pretend to know every detail on the two cases you cite about Obama but I bet he had some darn good reasons. The crime would be if he accepted campaign money from them...and we all know by now he doesn't accept lobbyist or PAC money. That's a claim that Hillary cannot make.

    October 1, 2007 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  25. Gerald Williams, Harrisburg, PA

    The key words for the campaign, "Hope and Change" is great for the young people under 45. However, for those over 45, as myself, it should be "Unity and New Leadership".
    Hillary's supporters can try to claim to be for change, but there is NO WAY they can claim that she represents any Unity (rather divisiveness) and she's terrible at Leading (as evidenced by the fact that she's terrible in front of big crowds and does best as the group size gets very small (like 1 or 2 people)). The only Enthusiasm is for Obama.

    Obama-Biden 08
    Unity and New Leadership

    October 1, 2007 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
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