January 31st, 2008
12:30 PM ET
15 years ago

Obama raises $32 million in January

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/images/01/31/art.obamamoney.ap.jpg caption=" Obama has raised over $30 million in January."]LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) - Democrat Barack Obama raised $32 million in the month of January alone for his presidential bid, CNN's Candy Crowley confirms.

That total roughly equals his previous best three-month fundraising haul.

The campaign would not divulge how much money it has on hand - a more accurate measure of a campaign's financial health going forward.

A campaign source also tells CNN the Illinois senator received contributions from 170,000 new donors in January.

The Clinton campaign would not indicate how much money it had raised in the same time period.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (502 Responses)
  1. checkthisout

    CNN O CNN.

    where is freedom of speach?
    did obama pay you to censor postings?

    January 31, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |


    January 31, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  3. Alice in Florida

    Hilllary Supporters:

    Send an email to the DNC protesting their bone-headed move to not allow Florida's and Michigan's votes to count. If Florida's and Michigan's delegates were counted, Obama would be where he belongs. On the bottom.

    I bet if they get enough emails from angry Democrats, they'll overturn their crazy decision.

    Thanks! I've already sent mine.

    January 31, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  4. Chris, Toronto, Canada

    Wooo, Canadians for Obama!

    The world is watching!

    January 31, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  5. Roz, Alabama


    It is a wonderful problem to have to decide between two extraordinarily gifted individuals who in common represent a historic moment in our political history.

    It is also wonderful to know the November elections, more than anything else, will be decided on the bases of who can deliver the change the majority of Americans have already declare to want.

    No argument that both represent the possibility for change. Both, Barack and Hillary, will undoubtedly produce a tremendous amount of change. And, this is why my argument now turns to favor Barack Obama.

    What is at play in this contest is not only the Democratic Nomination or the right to compete for a historic kind of US Presidency. More significantly, what is at play in these primary elections is –the quality of change- we will ultimately be able to realize.

    The bottom line distinctions between Obama vs Clinton can be most powerfully differentiated between –the possibility for future change- vs. –the experience of past change-

    There is no base for arguing that Hillary Clinton has more –experience of past change. Those who consider the quantity of –past experience- more important than the quality of –future possibility- have the clear choice in Hillary's 35 years of past Washington experience.

    For those of us who consider what quality of -change is possible- as most important; here are 10 distinctions for why Barack Obama might be our better choice:


    For Hillary it is not-possible to unify America as much as Barack can
    For Hillary it is not-possible to embody the new as much as Barrack can
    For Hillary it is not-possible to inspire hope as much as Barack can
    For Hillary it is not-possible to move the youth as much as Barrack can
    For Hillary it is not-possible to attract independents as much as Barack can

    For Hillary it is not-possible to bring over republicans as much as Barack can
    For Hillary it is not-possible to transcend politics as much as Barack can

    For Hillary it is not-possible to represent the future as much as Barack can
    For Hillary it is not-possible to adopt trans-partisanship as much as Barack can
    For Hillary it is not-possible to be a transformational agent as much as Barack can


    January 31, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  6. sandra

    Sure, with someone like Oprah endorsing him – how much of it is Oprah's money? for someone who is so vocal about women's issues, I feel betrayed that she would support a candidate just becuase heis black!

    January 31, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  7. Peace Forever

    I heard THE ROCK is endorsing Obama too! I think The Rock plus Hogan can take on Sly and Norris. I feel a "People's Elbow" comin on for hillary!

    Hey Hillary –


    January 31, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  8. Susan

    How much of that came from Rezko supporters?

    January 31, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  9. BCNU purple state, usa

    Exit polling shows Clinton supporters to be less educated than Obama supporters. Most of the comments on this board visa-vie candidate support confirm the polling.

    January 31, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  10. Patrick, Chicago, IL

    To Norma,

    Atleast we won't vote for a Hillary because she's married to Bill.

    Plus, who clearly don't understand how fundraising works, no person can donates 'millions' to candidate, if they could then everyone would owe as many favors as the Clintons

    January 31, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  11. LisaMpls

    It will be interesting to see what the other candidates are raking in. The good thing about this news is that it inspires us Hillary supporters to contribute again and again to her campaign. Thanks for the reminder!

    Obama's campaign sure seems to be spending like they are getting a lot. At night I see approximately two Obama ads per hour in Minneapolis, and I've seen at least three different ads already in just two days. Already sick of em.

    January 31, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  12. New Jersey

    Once again CNN is spinning to make Obama look favorable and electable! hahah, Florida is a true example of how people should campaign and conduct elections: no trickery and lies and running around the state. Although Obama had TV ads in the state and no other candidate ran any he LOST miserably.


    January 31, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  13. S.L. Lewis

    This is HUGE! It not only demonstrates that he has major fundraising ability sans special interest groups, but the American people are really responding to his call for change.

    January 31, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  14. stan pitts pa

    if we were ever attacked again, obama with "good judgement" will release the full force of the American military, with guidance from our army generals, obama the next commander-in-chief!

    January 31, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  15. Yuk

    What a total waste of money.

    January 31, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    Holy crap...talk about O-mentum! That's a lot o' cash...

    January 31, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  17. Andrew

    Its funny to see Rezko invoked by clinton supporters considering hes got close ties to both Hilary and Bill. Oh, but she doesnt remember him, so its okay. Apparently its only dangerous if you don't have amnesia.

    As for the person who said money for obama was a waste, unspent money gets thrown back to the DNC and goes to the campaign running in the general election. So its not being thrown away, you could argue the money being spent was thrown away, but then you'd have to contend with the fact that Edwards just "wasted" all his contributions, and every candidate in the history of the country. Are you going to harp on Clinton for wasting money if she doesnt get the nomination?

    January 31, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  18. kipper215 OC Cali

    Many Florida dems are old dems that look to fight with republicans. They do not believe that Dems and republicans can work together. Hillary's method of politics is to shove policy down peoples throats without concern as to is the policy the right decision. Like her action for the mortgage crisis. who did she consult with to come up with that decision. on another NOTE: Hillary has a long history of big talk and getting nothing done. Look at her time at Walmart. As a high profile employee and laywer, not once did hillary stand up for unions that wanted to improve working condition, NOT ONCE. then when she got on the board STILL NO ACTION. Oh she did mention that the need to promote more women in the company, but that was it. She did NOTHING to help PROMOTE WOMEN in the company while she was on the board of directors and the working conditions still took advantage of employees. Her excuse, I didn't what was going on. HOW could you not, being on the board of directors. that sounds like her husband talking.

    Hillary promise healthcare reform while her Husband was in office. DID THAT EVER GET DONE? NO! and that's with Bill her husband as president.

    Hillary will run her mouth all day long and nothing will get done that will benefit the country. She has said nothing about what she will do to keep the country secure.

    Also, to have the mayor of los angeles, a man that cheated on his wife and family endorsing her and calling latinos to get votes for her is not moral. if I was her I would want nothing to do with that man period. but, she will do anything and say anything to win.

    January 31, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  19. Andrew Kenneth

    who ever thought that he'd be able to do this
    I'm telling you know, hes not only going to win the nomination
    hell trounce Mcain in the general and redefine the political landscape of the USA

    January 31, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  20. Krissy

    GO OBAMA!!!!!

    He has so much WISDOM! I think he is the only Democratic candidate that has a chance agaisnt McCain. Obama can unite America! Clinton is way to devisive.

    The number of donors shows how he speaks to the American people!

    OBAMA 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 31, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  21. Matrix

    I guess I was a part of that January fund rasing because I donated
    to his campaign for the first time.

    Obama 08

    January 31, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  22. Jonny

    "If we were attacket (sic) by terrorists again, would Obama vote "Present"(sic)?

    If you're not going to vote Obama, at least do so for valid reasons. This attack was one of Hillary's greatest farces. Anyone who uses it is indicating how little they truly know about the senate.

    January 31, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  23. jef

    norma, it's time to take your meds sweetheart.

    January 31, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  24. Tim, Seattle

    Citizen wrote: "Obama Lovers,You are all leaving in a dream world!

    Yeah, baby, the AMERICAN dream.
    Stop standing in the way of it and throw your vote to Obama!

    January 31, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  25. Becky Montgomery

    I am 58 years old (white woman) and have never contributed to a political campaign in my life. I have never been truly excited about voting for anyone in my life. This campaign has changed everything. I have donated $75, in increments of $25, whenever I have been able. I live on a single income and have a lot of debt, but I am sending in money as an investment for my children's and grandchildren's lives. I would love for them to be able to have a president they RESPECT and TRUST. When was the last time you heard those words about the Clintons?

    January 31, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
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