October 17th, 2007
03:30 PM ET
15 years ago

Obama rakes in nearly $1M in a day

Obama has raised nearly $1 million in the last day.

(CNN) –Sen. Barack Obama raised nearly $1 million in just over one day, his campaign announced Wednesday.

The Illinois Democrat sent an e-mail to supporters Tuesday asking for contributions to "close the gap" between him and Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York. Third quarter fundraising numbers showed Obama to be $2.1 million behind Clinton in primary funds.

Obama’s campaign claims it had received $950,000 in donations between Tuesday morning and Wednesday afternoon.

- CNN Political Assignment Editor Katy Byron

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
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  1. Anonymous

    I make nine bucks an hour and can barely pay my rent. I have a daughter. To me, the world will be a better place with Obama in the oval office. So I just donated another 25 bucks. I don't believe the polls, I believe in the number of people putting their money where their mouth is. Bottom line.

    I believe in Obama.

    October 17, 2007 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  2. Colin742

    It's all fake, carefully fabricated polls to create a false argument of Hillary's inevitability. Once Obama will win in couple of early states, Clinton's inevitability bubble will burst the real fun will begin. Pollstars and MSM pundits will experience a huge embarassment and will learn how detached they are from lives of ordinary citizens.

    Posted By Arshad, Newburgh, NY : October 17, 2007 4:09 pm
    Right, Arshad, IF ?, WHEN ?, Obama wins two early states Hillary' bubble will atleast deflate. But, it is more likely that she will win all or most early states, and Obama's bubble will sadly expire.

    October 17, 2007 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  3. BajanLuv, Newport News, VA


    He is not a cry baby. It's a subtle, "In your face" to let you and everybody else know that it's not over until it's over. Keep watching those polls.

    October 17, 2007 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  4. A. Thomas, New York, NY

    The $1 million raised means little to Hussein Obama being nominated by the dem, as the latest poll from Iowa shows that Obama has lost a few more points to Hillary there.

    Some of these contributors could be republicans as they do want Obama to win because he is beatable by a republican nominee. The truth is that whites and hispanics in several swing states like Florida and Louisiana will not vote for a black guy (Obama). Without winning there, Obama is not electable.

    They key to a election race is to have money close to your top opponents, Hilary has raised similar amounts, but her burnt rate ($ spent to $ raised) is much less than Obama, meaning an efficient and effection campaign machine.

    It is ashamed that Hillary has more supports from the blacks than Obama. The reasons are simple:

    a) She is a woman, mother, and most importantly is regarded by many black women as a strong advocate for health care and women's interests.

    b) Hillary has outpaced obama in civil right fronts. It started with her husband, bill clinton, who arguably did more for blacks than any other american presidents. Meanwhile, Hillary herself has networked with black churches, civil right leaders, congressional black caucus, etc.

    c) Polls consistently show that hillary is light yrs ahead of obama in her experience, qualification and campaign machine, which translate into electability. That means volumes to black voters. The blacks hate George Bush so much that they want Hillary to get back the White House, as inexperienced obama cannot be relied upon to do this task.

    d) Even the black leaders don’t like Borat Hussein Obama. Jessee Jackson said Obama acted like a white guy. In addition the Rev. Al Sharpton launched a "big-time" effort to tear down Illinois Sen. Barack Obama as a candidate for president. He's saying that Obama never did anything for the community, never worked with anybody from the community, that nobody knows the people around him, that he's a candidate driven by white leadership.

    October 17, 2007 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  5. Jim, Treggtown, VA

    A. Thomas, giving Americans a bad reputation since 2007!

    October 17, 2007 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  6. Sharon

    Brenda from Annapolis:
    You are right. It is terrible that we have to give so much money to a political campaign. I am one of the repeat Obama donors who is doing this with great pride and urgency because I deeply believe our future depends on this election.

    Today, GWB actually made reference to World War III in his press conference. He is amping up his rhetoric against Iran and now Russia for supporting Iran. The democratic "frontrunner", HRC, recently voted to identify the Iranian Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization. She is contributing to the amped up rhetoric. I am honestly frightened at the thought of her in the White House. It is for this reason that I will invest my money, my time, my efforts and my passions for Senator Obama.

    Check out the constant discussions on the Obama website. No one edits or deletes the posts of the supporters like on Hillary's site. If you spend some time there, you will quickly understand where he is on the issues. There are position papers, links to articles, videos and all sorts of information.

    I would welcome you to check it out.

    October 17, 2007 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  7. B. Sharp, Aiea, HI

    RE: Polls, Obama supporters are too busy knocking on doors, making outbound phone calls and busy on the ground, organizing the grassroots. These dollars mean real numbers! -Obama '08!

    October 17, 2007 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  8. Brian, Austin TX

    to Brenda, Annapolis MD,

    I'd be more than happy to inform you I have researched this candidate very thoroughly. He has made no flip-flop on foreign policy. he is not as emence a partisan figure. If she were elected that would just give conservatives something to complain about constantly just because she's a Clinton. The middle east (who we are working hard to avoid further conflict with) does not necessarily share the same appreciation for women in power like we do. You think diplomatically that would really help us? NO. Obama's tax plan is much better than Hillary's. If you want to see his policies for yourself go to his websit http://www.barackobama.com. find out for yourself. Another thing you said those campaign donations should be going to "a cause worth supporting". Tell that to the folks (mostly lobbyists) giving Hillary all that campaign money.

    October 17, 2007 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  9. marge

    i wouldnt give him any money hasn't desrved it..id be leary is this money coming from republicans...so they can beat him RG would beat him flat out...no expierence..

    October 17, 2007 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  10. Lance in Monrovia CA

    To Thomas in NY above that says voters in key states like LA and FL will not vote for a black guy. People who come at it from a racist persepective would never vote for a woman either. Most likely the racist vote is going to not vote Democrat anyway.

    On the flip side, you have the first electable black candidate in U.S. history, not only electable but vastly superior to the rest of the field, with more popular support than the rest of the field. His race gives him attention and makes him stand out to the vast amounts of majority voters that have grown up in this country since the days of Jessie Jackson.

    Obama also skews younger, and thus he inspires young people of every ethnic group to come out and vote, as we're seeing constantly at volunteer meetings.

    Obama will inspire many more people to come to the polls than the issue of race can keep away.

    If you listen to polls, which I don't, then you'd at least know that even less people in those swing states will vote for a woman as president than a black man.

    Really, to me, that's all hogwash. Obama is simply hands down the best man for the job.

    he's got better ideas for healthcare, better ideas to securely get us out of Iraq sooner, better ideas to combat global warming and educate our youth, and he's got vastly better communication skills and a proven ability to cross partisan lines and be both tough but also fair.

    He's the candidate of compassion, faith, strength and intelligence while the others all come across as pandering for votes.

    When Obama speaks, I believe him. I'd put my life and my country in his hands because I trust that he'd do right by both.

    With the rest... eh, not so much.

    October 17, 2007 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  11. MK, Darien, IL

    We're not PACs, we're PEOPLE!

    And we support Obama for President!

    October 17, 2007 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  12. V. Pipkin, Inglewood, CA

    Count me among the Obama loyalists. I do not care what the polls say, my household is solidly in the camp of Sen Barack Obama for President in 2008!

    October 17, 2007 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  13. Paul, New Orleans, LA

    I do like Obama, but my money is going to someone who will give the power back to the states and reduce the spending on the federal level and ABOLISH INCOME TAXES! Who you ask? RON PAUL!!!

    October 17, 2007 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |


    October 17, 2007 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  15. Bradley Schaubs, Greeley, CO

    To start closing the gap with over $1 million is truly astounding. I believe that Obama will be successful at "closing the gap" between him and Hillary. Hillary's in the lead only because she accepts corporate handouts and criminal donations (she's yet to return Hsu's contribution). Obama's grassroots campaign accepts no money from corporations or banks, so his standing is an inspiration.

    I donated $25 last night, and will probably do so again in the near future. I just hope that Obama's income and spending plans are enough to get him into the white house.

    People in the polls favor Hillary only because she is the former president's wife. I mean, the only family members in office that did and good was the Roosevelts (and maybe the Kennedys). Lots of us voted for "dubya" in '00 and '04 because he was a "good" governor of Texas and son of GHWB. We recognize the name, we vote for it...and look what happens: a national disaster (and I'm not talking about 9/11).

    In short, end the dynasties that have dominated Washington for the last 20+ years and send support to Obama – even if it's only the $5 you decided not to waste in the vending machine that never gives the product.

    Obama 2008

    October 17, 2007 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |

    you are so right they are criminals,, in disquise.. she has an agenda and it isnt' to help the people of this country or the world... what has she ever done except fight bills battles with women to keep him in the white house .. so... she will have had a chance to be president.. very scary people

    October 17, 2007 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  17. Cari, Duchesne, Utah

    I guess Rush would say they're "phony soldiers" too, woundn't he.

    October 17, 2007 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  18. Aaron Atlanta GA

    people are fired up and ready to vote. believe the people, the money, the dedication. not the pundits, news, and especially not the polls!

    OBAMA 08!

    October 17, 2007 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    Waaaaa, she has more them me

    October 17, 2007 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  20. athomas, new york, ny

    Obama needs this additional $1 million in ads, but it has not done him any good yet. For example, according to Nielsen data released recently for ads in Iowa, Obama placed 4,293, and Hillary about half that. However, Hillary has surged in her lead over Obama in the latest poll. That proves again that Obama's additional $1 million does not necessary translate into support.

    October 17, 2007 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  21. Tom Nicoletti, Huntingdon Valley, PA

    I'm sure none of that 1 million was contributed by any lobbist, congratulations

    October 17, 2007 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  22. Mitty, Miami, Gardens, Florida

    I donated $25.00 to Obama's campaign; and will donate more. Obama is a people person; Hillary is not. She is power hungry.

    All you Hillary supporter, go to Suitably Flip.com and read about her campaign contribution, you might change your minds once you read about her dealing with Hsu.
    Go ahead, read it.
    Obama 2008!

    October 17, 2007 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  23. Alex, Austin, TX

    The most authentic and genuine candidate.

    I'll be donating another $20 tonight.

    OBAMA '08!!!

    October 17, 2007 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  24. Maria, Houston

    UNBELIEVABLE! one million in one day!!!
    The People have spoken.

    and now y'all tell and email everyone you know because this headline will disappear quickly... we need to make up for spineless MSM

    Go Barack, we'll be with you always!

    October 17, 2007 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  25. Debi, Philadelphia

    Waaaaaaaaa, she has more then me!!!

    October 17, 2007 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
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