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.


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  1. Obama fans wake up

    James L

    I agree with you 100%. If republicans are willing to vote against their party and vice versa THOSE are the people to be concerned about. Don't praise them for seeing "the light" and voting your way, be concerned...VERY CONCERNED!!!

    If they will turn on their own party what do you think will happen once they no longer agree with what's being said on the other side? And has anyone thought that republicans voting for Obama is to help him get the mod so they can then jump BACK to the republican side and vote McCain????

    Think about it. Obama isn't inspiring anymore hope than the next man or woman. I am very proud of a black man making these strides but that doesn't mean I'll vote black just because. I am a woman also and Hillary's running is just as much hope and inspiration for me as a woman knowing that in corporate politics women (white or black) will face sexism every day of the week FAR WORSE than a black man will face racism...That's the way the world has turned.

    January 31, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  2. Fa'iz

    Yes we can! Obama '08!

    January 31, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  3. Rob

    Mark me down for $40 more! You gotta love this guy!

    January 31, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  4. Choice

    I donated to the Obama campaign, knowing fully weell that I will not get anything back personally. I believe in his cause, which is acttually our cause. I believe in the common good of America. Go Obama!

    January 31, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  5. usedtobe democrat

    Isn't funny how the Republicans are getting blamed for the poor economy. The interesting thing is, the economy was doing great until Democrats took over congress/senate a year ago? I wonder why that is? Because democrats are lazy and do not beleive in bi-partisan politics. My way or the highway!

    I will vote for whoever is going against Barack or Hillary. I've never voted for a Republican in the past other than Reagan in 1984.

    January 31, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  6. Ryan

    "We need a tough, intelligent politician who can pull our country out of its slump."

    LOL

    McCain has already lost...to Bush of all people. You want the guy that LOST to Bush in office? He's going to "fix" us?

    REALLY?

    January 31, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  7. Mark tanstill

    Obama got 32 million in one month, from over 200 000 donors that is an average of $160 per donor, this doesn't look like some that can be controlled by special interest since most of his money come from everyday people, there was a lady who donated $3.01 because that is all she could afford. Keep Hope Alive! Donate Donate Generously .

    January 31, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  8. ramius

    I had a prophectic dream last Friday that Barack was flying Air Force One – Barack will be the next president of the US of A.

    January 31, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  9. Bob

    Yeah, maybe I should donate money to Barack Obama instead, since he helped protect women's rights to privacy and choice.

    I was going to donate it to infants who accidentally survived abortions, but, well, you know.

    January 31, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  10. CA Supporter

    For all you fear filled people who have no vision – it's ok... Barack is going to make a WONDERFUL president. You don't have to be afraid...

    GO BARACK!!!

    January 31, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  11. Anne-Los Angeles

    One of our stations here in Los Angeles had reports, etc. at the Obama rally today between 8-9AM. Not one piece of coverage for the Clinton rally not far away.

    When will people wake up that we are being spoon fed, from the media, Obama because the Republicans can and will beat him. Just take a little bit of time and see who owns the news stations. You may be amazed at what you find.

    So, this is no different and NO CHANGE since the last elections.

    January 31, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  12. Erick kayatp

    This is a very boost for his campaign. I believe in his strategy and his staff.

    January 31, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  13. SC in Atlanta

    NOBAMA, not NOW, maybe in 8. Come on people, this is too important of an election for now and for our collective future to turn over to an inexperienced freshman senator who has extraordinary talent at inspiring others (you can insert the nouns preacher of cheerleader if you like). He hasn't arrived yet. We need a person of substance to take on our enormous challenges, someone who is solid, cerebral, credentialed, and yes, EXPERIENCED, who can and will restore our nation's policies here at home, as well as our reputation globally as the leader of the free world. This is the kind of CHANGE we need now and in the future.

    VOTE FOR THE MOST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE!!

    VOTE FOR HILLARY CLINTON !!!!!!!

    January 31, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  14. An Asian for Obama

    Just donated another $50. Woohoo!

    January 31, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  15. Jerry

    what a person can't even admitt he snub Hillary he lied to us and the pictures show and he is for change i don't think so they all lie just like the news media.

    January 31, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  16. Kathy

    Hey Trevor, did you watch the Republican debate late night? No fighting there huh?

    Obama 2008

    January 31, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  17. Brian

    Well let's see, where does Obama get his money?

    Judicial Watch 10 Most Corrupt Politicians 2007.. Senator Barack Obama (D-IL): A "Dishonorable Mention" last year, Senator Obama moves onto the "ten most wanted" list in 2007. In 2006, it was discovered that Obama was involved in a suspicious real estate deal with an indicted political fundraiser, Antoin "Tony" Rezko. In 2007, more reports surfaced of deeper and suspicious business and political connections It was reported that just two months after he joined the Senate, Obama purchased $50,000 worth of stock in speculative companies whose major investors were his biggest campaign contributors. One of the companies was a biotech concern that benefited from legislation Obama pushed just two weeks after the senator purchased $5,000 of the company's shares. Obama was also nabbed conducting campaign business in his Senate office, a violation of federal law.

    Come on folks, this guy is SHADY. Don't jump on the Obama bandwagon when you had never even HEARD of Barack Obama four months ago. Read and learn about the candidates before making your decisions; there is a lot more about Obama that will be coming out in the coming months, for sure.

    January 31, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  18. charlotte

    Roz, you've learned to be as redundant as Ophama. His is going to need a lot more than that. So, you give 'til it hurts, yes you can, yes you can. Take out a loan if you don't have the cash, yes you can. give your cash to Ophama, the future man.

    January 31, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  19. Kevin New York

    I guess people who believe in Obama believe in fantasy land! He's just another smooth talking politician. Let's ask him how he could afford to live in the house he currently owns for 1.6m when even his real estate agent said he couldn't afford it. Oh that's right Mrs. Rescko bought the lot next to him for 650k on the same day. I have nothing to do with Rescko I'm an agent of change "wink wink"…

    January 31, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  20. Brian

    I find it decidedly unamerican of the negativity that some people on this board choose to produce. Have some faith people!!! Believe in something!!!

    January 31, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  21. Kathy

    Hillary all the way. Now that I have read this, i just logged on to Hillary's site and gave a political contribution.

    She's still the one!

    January 31, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  22. An American democrat

    WHAT HAS HILARY DONE PEOPLE??

    January 31, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  23. L in LA

    1/31/2008
    The Post News Group and El Mundo Endorse Hillary Clinton for Democratic Nomination
    Publications include: Berkeley Tri City Post; El Mundo; Oakland Post; Richmond Post; San Francisco Post; and South County Post

    """""""" HILLARY FOR PRESIDENT """""""" OBAMA FOR VP""""""""`

    January 31, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  24. Arthur, VA

    Why is it that almost every time on these blogs, the first response is from a Clinton supporter with a really sleazy or low ball comment? Do they sit by their computers 24-7, one hand on the keyboard and the other on pus vat of vitriol?

    ps, if (above) by arriving you mean having deep connections to special interests (see NYTimes article today on Bill and the tainted $35M dontation to his organization)- your arguement has left the station.

    January 31, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  25. Pam

    No one is ever ready to be President. A real leader surrounds himself with experts on each issue he faces. He then listens to the people he represents along with the experts and brings the final decision makers together to work toward appropriate change. If you can not inspire your people and their representatives, you end up a leader like George W. Bush, less of a leader and more like a dictator. Obama can lead and Obama can inspire. What a fabulous combination. He doesn't need a spouce to shape him, he doesn't need a dynasty to unite people. He is ready. Yes we can!!

    January 31, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
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